The Exiles began League Two with a 3-3 draw at Stevenage on Saturday. Here's our 'Big Preview' of tonight's Carabao Cup First Round tie...
Blues make their bow in the Carabao League Cup 1st Round on Tuesday night as they entertain League Two side Newport County at Roots Hall.
The Exiles had been drawn at home for this tie, but whilst their Rodney Parade ground is having a new DESSO pitch installed the EFL allowed the tie to be switched, giving Blues home advantage.
Southend haven’t gone beyond the first round of the League Cup since 2010 when they needed penalties to beat Bristol City after a 2-2 draw at Roots Hall.
But Blues will see this tie as a great opportunity to reach Round 2 and will want to build upon their superb opening day win over Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.
Southend United: WWLDWW
Newport County: DLLWDW
Last Three Encounters
14th April 2015: Southend United (Bolger, McLaughlin) 2 vs 0 Newport County
21st October 2014: Newport County (Byrne) 1 vs 0 Southend United
31st January 2014: Southend United 0 vs 0 Newport County
Phil Brown confirmed that Amadou Ba is likely to play a part in the game after he missed out on Saturday’s 2-1 win over Blackburn due to his international clearance not coming through in time.
Fellow new-boy Rob Kiernan will be hoping for a start after he was an unused substitute on Saturday, whilst Michael Turner and Ben Coker remain out.
Former Blue, Frank Nouble is likely to feature against his former side after the striker joined the Exiles in the summer after being released at the end of last season.
Skipper, Josh Labadie may be rested after boss Michael Flynn said his captain looked jaded in the 3-3 draw against Stevenage, whilst Ben Tozer and Marlon Jackson remain sidelined with injuries.
Phil Brown, Southend United Manager;
“A good cup run is very important for confidence, important for finances and very important for the whole psychology for the season.
“Having the fixture switched to Roots Hall instead of heading to Newport is music to my ears, and we’ll have the supporters coming down just like on Saturday and that shows what the new prospect of the signings can bring.
“To progress to the next stage of the Carabao cup, just like in any cup, is a priority, and it’s another competition and tomorrow night is all about winning.”
Referee: Antony Coggins
Assistant Referee 1: Nick Hopton
Assistant Referee 2: Nigel Lugg
Fourth Official: David Rock
Antony Coggins began his second year refereeing in professional football, and took charge of his first Sky Bet League 2 match on Saturday in the game between Morecambe and Cheltenham Town. In that game, Coggins distributed four yellow cards.
Last season, Coggins officiated on 23 National League matches, including the play-off semi final first leg between Forest Green Rovers and Dagenham & Redbridge.
He issued six yellow cards in total and 77 yellows.
Please note, Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy fixtures are not streamed live to overseas iFollow Blues subscribers. Only audio commentary will be provided.