A Shawn McCoulsky double wasn’t enough to prevent Blues from exiting the Carabao Cup at the 1st Round stage as Blues lost 4-2 to Championship side Brentford at Roots Hall...
With the exception of Forss’ effort early on, neither goalkeeper had really been tested until late in the half when Oxley showed quick reactions to stop Nico Yennaris’ deflected effort going in before Said Benrahma was unable to react quick enough to force in the rebound.
But the visitors were able to break the deadlock before the interval when Forss was slipped in by a perfectly weighted pass from Josh Clarke, with the Bees debutant flashing his shot across Oxley and into the bottom corner to give Brentford the lead.
Blues though did level shortly after when another long ball forward allowed Robinson to run through on goal. His strike took a wicked deflection to loop up and over Luke Daniels before being nodded over the line by on-loan striker Shawn McCoulsky for his first Southend goal.
Southend was only level for a matter of minutes however as Brentford restored their lead almost immediately from a corner. Yennaris’ well-struck volley was too hot to handle for Oxley who could only parry the ball out to Julian Jeanvier who was quickest to react to score the rebound.
And Blues’ miserable run in the League Cup – which has seen them lose in the 1st Round every year since 2010 – looked set to continue as Brentford made it 3-1 three minutes later when Benrahma put the finishing touches to a neat one-two, firing low past Oxley.
Despite going two down, Southend continued to fight and made it an interesting final 20 minutes when McCoulsky curled a beautiful effort into the top corner to grab his second of the game and make it a nervy finish.
Southend went perilously close to levelling when Michael Klass rattled the crossbar with a header but the Bees made the game safe late on as Sergi Canos' strike rebounded to Kamohelo Mokotjo who fired in Brentford’s forth and put them into the hat for Thursday's 2nd Round draw.