Colchester United vs Southend United...
Southend United face off against Essex rivals Colchester United this evening in the Papa John’s Trophy in the first of three derby matches between the two sides this season.
With both Blues and the U’s already out of the competition after losing both their opening two group games, tonight will serve as more of a prelude to the league clashes later in the season.
It’ll also be an opportunity for both managers to shake things up and utilise their full squads following disappointing penalty defeats in the Emirates FA Cup at the weekend.
Tuesday 9th October 2018
Colchester United 2-0 Southend United
Kent 39’, Collins 49’
Colchester United came out on top the last time these two local rivals met as the U’s beat Southend 2-0 in the Checkatrade Trophy in 2018.
Frankie Kent nodded the hosts in front just before the interval, getting on the end of a Ryan Jackson long throw before Aaron Collins sealed the win by calmly slotting in a second beyond Nathan Bishop.
From The Boss
"First and foremost we want to win. Secondly we want to stick to our processes and show improvements in all areas we possibly can.
"There were a lot of positives on Saturday, the way we finished the game and the way we played the second half and extra-time.
"We should've won the game, we created a lot of chances and we've got to carry on in that form and continue to build on that.
"That has to be the minimum and the benchmark."
Blues Team News
Blues boss Mark Molesley confirmed that goalkeeper Harry Seaden and midfielder Harry Phillips will be given a chance this evening having both been unused subs at the weekend.
Defender John White is expected to play some part tonight after recovering from a hamstring injury to make the bench on Saturday.
Fellow defender Richard Taylor may also feature having returned to training, while Bournemouth loanee Kyle Taylor faces a further three weeks out of action with a hamstring injury.
Alan Young will be the referee for tonight’s clash, being assisted by Paul Lister and Stephen Brown while Paul Yates will stand in as the fourth official.
Tonight will be Young’s 11th game of the season. In his previous 10 so far this campaign, Young has issued 38 yellow cards and no reds.
Young last officiated Southend in January in a 0-0 draw against Tranmere, while his last Colchester appearance was in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham’s u21s in last season’s Checkatrade Trophy.
With fans still unable to attend matches in person, Blues fans can watch tonight’s clash with Colchester by picking up a Match Pass for iFollow Blues for £10.
Overseas supporters can pick up a pass for just £7 with the pass allowing you to catch the game on your laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device.
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