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A BELOW-PAR Southend United crashed out of the Checkatrade Trophy last night – losing 2-0 at Peterborough United.
The Shrimpers came into the second round clash unbeaten in their last three outings.
But a side which contained six changes from Saturday’s win against Oldham Athletic rarely threatened Posh who comfortably triumphed in the second round clash despite ending the tie with just men.
Blues looked most dangerous in the opening exchanges with the recalled Michael Timlin dragging a low, left footed shot across the face of goal before teenage frontman Amadou Ba saw his 20 yard shot smothered by Posh goalkeeper Jonathan Bond.
Moments later, Posh replied with Jack Marriott sending a deflected effort wide of the left post before the hosts opened the scoring in the 16th minute, with Gwion Edwards on target.
The Welshmen nipped in ahead of Jason Demetriou to reach a Marcus Maddison pass - which went in behind the Blues back four - and strode forward to fire past the advancing Blues shot-stopper Mark Oxley.
Oxley then did well to parry away a well-struck shot from Maddison before Blues came close to netting a spectacular equaliser when Demetriou’s 35 yard shot was tipped over the crossbar by Bond.
After surviving the scare, Posh soon wasted a golden opportunity to double the scoring when Maddison’s right wing cross picked out an unmarked Jermaine Anderson only for the midfielder to somehow send his shot wide of the left post from six yards.
Blues immediately replied with Jermaine McGlashan sending a low effort straight at Bond from a narrow angle in the closing action of the first half.
After the break, Peterborough striker Jack Marriott saw a well struck left footed shot impressively pushed onto the top of the left post by Oxley before Anderson saw a close range header ruled out for offside.
The Shrimpers were then also left feeling frustrated on the hour mark when Josh Wright’s header from McGlashan’s left wing cross bounced back off the left post.
A minute later, Blues boss Phil Brown made his first change of the night with Theo Robinson replacing Ba in attack.
But, with 62 minutes on the clock, Posh doubled their lead as Maddison cut in from the right flank and sent an accurate effort into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
Brown responded by replacing Anthony Wordsworth with Stephen McLaughlin but Posh remained on top with Oxley doing well to deny Maddison and Edwards in quick succession.
Edwards then had another effort cleared off the goal-line by Demetriou before Blues made their final change of the night in the 75th minute with Simon Cox replacing McGlashan.
The Shrimpers' hopes were boosted when Posh duo Leo Da Silva Lopes and Ryan Tafazolli both going off injured to leave the hosts with just nine men.
But Blues were unable to make their extra men count during eight minutes of stoppage time with Ranger hitting the underside of the crossbar from close range.
Posh suffer injuries but are through to the next round of the competition after a 2-0 win over Southend United.
Peterborough United are into the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy after a 2-0 victory over Southend United at the ABAX Stadium following an eventful contest, which also saw Leo Da Silva Lopes and Ryan Tafazolli not complete the full 90 minutes due to injuries.
Michael Timlin fired wide of the far post on six minutes after a bright start in more ways than one from the visitors, who were sporting a rather fetching orange away strip for the occasion. McGlashan then tested Bond with a crisp low shot, the keeper doing well by his near post to gather as the effort came through the crowd.
Marriott fired wide with the aid of a deflection and was nearly found by the marauding and determined Penny, who rode two challenges to burst into the area after a strong run. The deadlock was broken on 17 minutes and it was superb pace from Gwion EDWARDS to race onto a ball forward from Maddison and he stayed calm and composed to slot the ball into the bottom corner.
Maddison was denied by keeper Oxley on 22 minutes after collecting a pass from Anderson and catching the defender out by going onto his right hand side, Forrester saw the tame rebound gathered by the keeper.
Edwards fired over from 25-yards after being picked out by Tafazolli on 32 minutes. There were two minutes of added time signalled by the fourth official but nothing occurred during that period of time.
Oxley produced a fine stop to divert a Marriott volley onto the inside of the post on 53 minutes after a good flick on from Edwards. Anderson had the ball in the back of the net with a deft header less than 60 seconds later from a glorious Maddison cross, but the offside flag curtailed any celebration.
Edwards curled over ambitiously from the edge of the box after linking with Marriott although the latter wanted a pass himself. Josh Wright cracked a header against a post or Southend on the hour mark as Southend came close to a leveller.
Posh doubled the lead on 62 minutes and it was a fine goal, Edwards went on a slalom run and beat two defenders in the process before picking out MADDISON, he ran at pace at the full-back, dragged the ball onto his right-foot and fired low across keeper Oxley.
Peterborough United are four wins from Wembley after seeing off League One rivals Southend 2-0 in a second round Checktatrade Trophy tie at the ABAX Stadium last night (December 6).
Goals from Gwion Edwards and Marcus Maddison headlined a strong all-round team performance which pleased manager Grant McCann. The draw for the last 16 takes place on Friday (December 8).
Posh finished the match with nine men after teenage midfielder Leo da Silva Lopes and centre-back Ryan Tafazolli picked up late injuries after McCann had used all three substitutes.
Tafazolli was stretchered off because of a deep cut to his leg, but he’s expected to be fit to face Blackburn in a League One fixture at the ABAX on Saturday (December 9).
Peterborough United eased into the last 16 of the Checkatrade Trophy with a comfortable 2-0 win over League One rivals Southend at the ABAX Stadium last night (December 6).
A first half goal from Gwion Edwards and a second-half strike from Marcus Maddison secured victory. Posh had to play out the final 10 minutes after late injuries to Leo Da Silva Lopes and Ruan Tafazolli before booking a safe passage into round three.
The crowd was small, the atmosphere therefore non-existant and weather conditions were cold and blustery, and there were eight changes to the two teams (six by Southend), but the players delivered a decent first-half.
Posh shaded the opening 45 minutes and deservedly led at the break courtesy of a fine Edwards finish in the 16th minute.
Maddison, naturally, was the provider, although Jack Marriott standing in an offside position confused the Southend defence who stood still as a long pass travelled all the way to Edwards on the left wing. He passed the ball into the net from the edge of the area.
It should have been 2-0 on the half hour when Marriott rushed Southend ‘keeper Mark Oxley into a poor kick and then accepted another accurate pass from Maddison. Marriott’s cross should have been converted by Jermaine Anderson, but he poked wide with just Oxley to beat from close range.
Anderson and Jack Baldwin had replaced experienced Posh players Anthony Grant and Steven Taylor in the starting line-up. Alex Penny, who has endured a sticky couple of matches, retained his place in the starting line-up and performed much better.
He burst through a couple of challenges into the Southend penalty area in impressive fashion early on, but passed the ball behind Marriott when he really should have shot. Maddison also saw a fine shot with his weaker right foot well saved by Oxley.
Southend threatened occasionally with Tafazolli making a terrific challenge to cut out a cross into the six-yard box, but their best moment arrived from distance with Jonathan Bond making a superb one-handed save to keep out Jason Demetriou’s marvellous 35 yard strike.
There was an even better save 10 minutes into the second-half when Oxley tipped a terrific Marriott volley onto the crossbar. Anderson then nodded home Maddison’s cross, but from an offside position.
Southend enjoyed more possession after the break and almost equalised when Josh Wright headed a left wing cross against the base of a post with Bond beaten. And Posh made the most of that escape by making it 2-0 on 63 minutes.
Maddison was the scorer with a well-struck, well-placed finish across Oxley with his right foot after Edwards had dribbled across the pitch before playing him in. Posh were now well on top and Oxley had to work hard to keep out Maddison’s long range free kick and an Edwards header.
Another Edwards effort from a corner was stopped on the line by Demetriou. Posh were now so comfortable Grant McCann took his star trio of Maddison, Edwards and Marriott off for the final stages.
But late injuries to Da Silva Lopes and Tafazolli - the latter was stretchered off - gave Posh a nervy final with nine men. Nile Ranger missed a sitter to claim a goal back, striking the crossbar from close range after Bond had parried a Simon Cox shot into his path.