Reaction to the 2-0 victory over Colchester United in the Checkatrade Trophy.
SOUTHEND United cruised into the knock-out stages of the Checkatrade Trophy with a comfortable 2-0 win against local rivals Colchester tonight.
Goals from Josh Wright and Theo Robinson saw the Shrimpers bounce back from Saturday’s FA Cup disappointment at Yeovil Town to record another victory at Roots Hall.
Blues - who also missed a late penalty when Simon Cox struck the post - began the derby clash brightly with Stephen McLaughlin lashing a 20 yard shot inches wide of the left post before the recalled winger curled a free-kick from a similar distance inches wide of the opposite upright.
SOUTHEND UNITED made Checkatrade Trophy progress after a goal in each half from Josh Wright and Theo Robinson was enough to see off Essex rivals, Colchester United, at Roots Hall Stadium.
Blues went into the games fully aware that a draw would be enough to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition. Boss, Phil Brown, rang the changes in his starting eleven following Saturday’s shock cup setback at Yeovil Town. Notably, defender Michael Turner finally made his long-awaited debut in a Southend shirt following a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
Defeat to Southend dumps U's out of Checkatrade Trophy
The hosts put the U's under pressure from the first whistle, and had numerous chances to open the scoring before the first goal eventually came on thirty-seven minutes.
A close range header from Josh Wright put the hosts ahead following Rene Gilmartin's save, before Robinson doubled the lead a few minutes into the second half.
Boss John McGreal made nine changes to his starting eleven, but still fielded a side with plenty of first team experience.
Kane Vincent-Young was back in the line-up after injury, with fellow returnee Sammie Szmodics named on the U’s bench.
East Anglian Daily Times
Colchester United bowed out of a cup competition for the second time in four days, when sliding to defeat at Southend United in an Essex derby tonight.
The U’s needed to win this Checkatrade Trophy southern group B match to progress into the knock-out stages of the competition, having drawn 2-2 against Reading Under-21s (although they won a penalty shoot-out for a bonus point) and lost 1-0 to Gillingham.
And John McGreal’s men, knocked out of the FA Cup by non-league Oxford City 1-0 on Saturday, were always second best against their League One hosts.
Josh Wright broke the deadlock in the 28th minute, with what was his first goal for the Roots Hall club.
And Theo Robinson doubled the Shrimpers lead in the 49th minute with an excellent solo effort to see Southend through to the last 32, along with Gillingham.