Blues face Peterborough United tonight in the Checkatrade Trophy, the winner will progress into the third round of the competition, with the draw being held on 8th December...
Last time out
The last time Blues faced Peterborough at the ABAX Stadium was last season on the 21st February, with the result ending 4-1 to Phil Brown’s side after an eventful second half display from Blues. Jason Demetriou opened the scoring on the stroke of half time, followed by two goals in quick succession from Marc-Antoine Fortune and Anthony Wordsworth. The hosts brought one back in the 90th minute, which was followed up with a goal from Michael Timlin to end the scoring. Will Blues be able to put four past the Posh tonight?
Form against the Posh
Blues are currently on a five-game unbeaten run against the Posh, a form that dates back to 2012, which also happens to be the last time the two sides met in a cup competition. The Carling Cup game was hosted on the 14th August 2012, with the result ending 4-0 to Peterborough. Can Blues extend their unbeaten run against Peterborough?
The two sides have met a total of 54 times since their first ever meeting which was back on 26th December 1961. Since then Southend have won 22, drawn 10 and lost 22 games against Peterborough, making both teams equal on wins. Will 55 be Blues lucky number?
In the competition
Blues finished second in their group, behind Gillingham, whilst Grant McCann’s side were rewarded with a home tie at the ABAX Stadium after pipping Northampton to top spot in their group. The winner of tonight’s game will be placed into the third-round draw which will take place on 8th December.
Michael Timlin is available for selection after serving his suspension after picking up five yellow cards. Stephen Hendrie will be looking to retain his place as left-back after his impressive display against the Latics on Saturday. John White could return to the line-up and play in his new position of centre back.
Peterborough will be without Liam Shepherd for tonight’s game as he continues his recovery from a groin strain. Junior Morias will also miss out with a thigh injury.
And Grant McCann may look to make further changes to his side after saying some of his players “did look a bit tired” following their 1-1 draw with Woking in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday.