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14 August 2018

Southend United vs Brentford...

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Andrew Madley replaces Keith Stroud as tonight's referee

14 August 2018

Southend United switch their attentions to the Carabao Cup this evening as they take on Championship side Brentford in 1st Round action at Roots Hall.

Blues have had a miserable time in this competition over recent years, failing to win a single round since 2010, but they’ll be looking to build on their positive performance at Plymouth on Saturday.

The Bees will also be looking to keep their momentum going having started the campaign with a 5-1 hammering of Rotherham before a 1-1 draw away at title favourites Stoke at the weekend.

Tonight will be the first meeting between these two in the League Cup since 1987 with the winners getting their name in the hat for the 2nd Round draw which takes place on Thursday night. 

Southend United: DLDWDL

Brentford: DWLLWW

15th January 2013: Brentford (Hayes, Donaldson) 2 vs 1 (Corr) Southend United

5th January 2013: Southend United (Corr 2) 2 vs 2 (Adeyemi, Cresswell OG) Brentford

4th December 2012: Southend United (Mkandawire, Hurst) 2 vs 1 (Hayes) Brentford

Chris Powell confirmed Harry Lennon will be in a boot for three-four weeks after suffering a fractured toe against Doncaster Rovers.

New signing Shawn McCoulsky is available for selection after joining on loan from Bristol City on Friday. The front-man isn’t likely to start, having only had one training session with the team, but he could feature from the bench after being named as an unused sub on Saturday.

Blues will certainly be without Luke Hyam and Sam Barratt after both missed the draw with Plymouth at the weekend. Hyam continues to recover from a hamstring strain while Barratt is still waiting to be fully assessed after picking up a knock in training last week.

Chris Powell will likely rotate his squad after a long trip to the South West, with the likes of Theo Robinson and Michael Klass – who made his league debut against Plymouth – in line to start against the Bees.

Brentford boss Dean Smith is expected to name a strong line-up against Blues with goalkeeper Daniel Bentley potentially coming up against his former side for the first time since departing Roots Hall back in 2016.

Defender Jean Jeanvier could make his first appearance for Brentford after signing from Reims in the summer with Yoann Barbet unlikely to feature after suffering cramps towards the end of Brentford’s draw with Stoke on Saturday. 

Chris Powell, Southend United Manager:

“It’s a hard balance and the thing that’s kind of changed it is that Brentford are a good side; we got a tough draw. I know it’s at home and normally in cup games you try and put three or four lads in but it’s going to be hard to do that.

“Tom Hopper was out on his feet [on Saturday], he was magnificent up top again and Simon Cox, they dovetailed well, but a lot effort was put in that game and it’s a quick turnaround on top of the journey.

“At least we’re at home and we’re not travelling again, but we’ll have to wait and see what side we put out but whoever it is, they’ll be competitive, and we’ll want them to carry on playing the same football that we’ve been playing.”

Dean Smith, Brentford Manager: 

“After a tough pre-season, you saw Yoann Barbet with cramp at the end [of the game against Stoke] so we’ll look at the players and decide who’s fit and available, and which members of the squad we should also use for the game on Tuesday.

“We’ll choose a team that we believe will go and win the game at Southend and that’s important for everybody at the club.”

Ticket prices for the game are as follows:



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Tickets for the game can be purchased in the Blues Box Office, Online or by calling 08444 770077.

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