Southend were knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy after goals from Gwion Edwards and Marcus Maddison saw Peterborough beat Blues 2-0 at the ABAX Stadium...
Blues began the game brightly and created a couple of half-chances, with Amadou Ba testing out Jonathan Bond in the Posh goal with a low drive which was gathered down to his right.
Peterborough would respond with a spell of pressure of their own and their pressure resulted in Grant McCann’s side taking the lead in the 16th minute through Gwion Edwards.
A cross-field pass from Marcus Maddison was left by Anton Ferdinand, expecting Jason Demetriou to clear it behind him only for Edwards to ghost through and slot the ball beyond Mark Oxley.
The home side almost extended their lead shortly after when Maddison stung the palms of Oxley before Chris Forrester’s follow-up tamely went into the arms of the Blues number one.
Southend went in search of an equaliser and came close to levelling in spectacular fashion when Demetriou let fly from distance, forcing a superb fingertip save from Bond.
Peterborough though should have doubled their advantage when Jack Marriott found space down the left, finding Jermaine Anderson in the six-yard box only for him to somehow miss the target.
Posh continued to be on the front-foot in the second-half and came within an Oxley fingertip of going two in front when Marriott’s strike was tipped onto the post by the Blues ‘keeper.
Seconds later and Posh had a goal disallowed when Anderson headed in a cross at the far post only for his goal to be chalked off by the offside flag.
Somewhat against the run of play, Southend came close to pegging Peterborough back when Jermaine McGlashan’s cross was headed onto the post by Josh Wright.
However, Peterborough would break through for a second time and extend their lead when Maddison scored Posh’s second and put them within touching distance of the last-16.