Emirates FA Cup Second Round - Southend vs Barnsley
Southend and Barnsley go head to head tomorrow afternoon at Roots Hall to win a chance of drawing one of the Premier League big boys in Monday’s Emirates FA Cup 3rd Round draw.
It’ll be the sixth meeting between these two sides in the competition, with Barnsley winning the last encounter back in 2008 thanks to a single strike from Jamal Campbell-Ryce.
Both teams met in the league a little under a month ago with Kieffer Moore grabbing a late winner at Oakwell, but Blues go into the tie off the back of a morale-boosting win against Scunthorpe.
Barnsley come in off the back of a defeat to Sunderland but sit nine points above Blues in the table and will likely go into the tie as favourites with the winner receiving £54,000 in prize money.
Southend United: WLWLWD
3rd November 2018: Barnsley (Moore) 1 vs 0 Southend United
12th March 2016: Barnsley 0 vs 2 (Payne, Timlin) Southend United
17th October 2015: Southend United (Wordsworth, Prosser) 2 vs 1 (Scowen) Barnsley
Southend’s worrying list of injuries continues to grow as Jason Demetriou joins a number of other Blues on the sidelines after hobbling off against Scunthorpe in midweek.
Boss Chris Powell doesn’t know the extent of the Cypriot’s injury, only that he’ll certainly miss Saturday along with other absentees Tom Hopper, Ben Coker, Sam Barratt and Harry Kyprianou.
Elvis Bwomono will likely deputise at full-back for Demetriou. Midfielder Luke Hyam continues to increase his playing time having returned from injury and he’ll be pushing for a second straight start.
Cauley Woodrow is in line to face his former club once again having made his Barnsley debut in the league encounter between the two sides in early November.
Barnsley’s only notable absentee ahead of Saturday’s game is attacker Ryan Hedges who is out for a number of weeks with a broken toe.
Chris Powell, Southend Manager:
“I want us to go for it. We haven’t been in the Second Round for a long time and you could tell me the last time we were in the 3rd Round – it was quite a while.
“It would be great for us to do that because you just never know what could happen, but we’ve got a tough draw, no doubt about it.
“We’re at home, but actually in the cup it doesn’t matter. Whether they make changes or not is irrelevant, we’ve got to put out an 11 that’ll do themselves justice.”
Andreas Winkler, Barnsley Assistant Manager:
“We’re playing away, so it will be a totally different match on Saturday. It’s a long journey – the longest since I’ve been here, so we’ll have to step up our efforts to progress to the next round.
“We have a young squad with lots of players who can be in the starting eleven who don’t differentiate whether it’s the FA Cup or a league match. We will show our best performance to win this match and hopefully get a top opponent in the next round, but I’m sure it will be a very tough match.”