Southend United vs MK Dons...
Blues entertain MK Dons this evening at Roots Hall hoping to put their league woes behind them and reach the Round Three of the Carabao Cup for the first time since 2007.
Southend advanced to the second round for the first time in almost a decade with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over League Two side Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium.
Their opponents MK Dons progressed by an even narrower margin after drawing 2-2 on the night with AFC Wimbledon, they reached round two by virtue of winning the penalty shootout 4-2.
Southend’s form going into this game has been far from ideal with Blues yet to pick up a point from their five league games, with the first round of the Carabao Cup producing their only win to date.
Blues looked destined to pick up their first league win of the season at Wycombe at the weekend but two late goals from the Chairboys meant Southend are still to get off the mark in the league.
Dons have picked up two wins for their opening four league games, however, they were on the wrong end of a battering at the weekend, losing 4-0 to Peterborough at Stadium:MK.
Saturday 21st April 2018
Southend United 4-0 MK Dons
Robinson 23’, 31’, 76’, McLaughlin 62’
Blues blew away a sorry MK Dons side whose relegation to League Two was all but confirmed following a 4-0 defeat to Southend at Roots Hall with Theo Robinson grabbing a hat-trick.
Robinson scored twice in eight minutes to put Blues in control. Stephen McLaughlin sealed the points with a neat flicked finish before Robinson completed his hat-trick with a tap-in.
Blues Team News
Kevin Bond may look to tonight as an opportunity to freshen up his side after a number of players look visibly exhausted towards the end of the defeat to Wycombe on Saturday in testing conditions.
Youngster’s Isaac Hutchinson and Charlie Kelman, who scored both goals in Southend’s first round win, weren’t part of the 18 at the weekend so they’ll be looking to feature tonight.
Defenders Jason Demetriou and Liam Ridgewell are available after playing in an u23 game last Friday, while Rob Kiernan is also an option at the back having been an unused sub at Adams Park.
Striker Kieran Agard will most likely pose the biggest threat to the Southend backline this evening having been MK’s leading goal scorer in last season’s promotion-winning campaign.
Agard joined Dons in 2016 for a then club-record fee and rifled in 22 goals in all competitions last term which included a spell of scoring six times in seven matches across November and December.
And the frontman has previous against Southend, scoring against Blues at Stadium:MK the last time to two teams met there, converting from the spot to earn a 1-1 draw.
Referee for tonight’s Carabao Cup encounter will be Neil Hair who last took charge of at Roots Hall in December when Rochdale, this coming weekend’s visitors, won 2-1 the weekend before Christmas.
This is Hair’s second full season in the Football League after being promoted from the National League shortly after taking charge of the play-off final between Tranmere and Boreham Wood.
So far this campaign, Hair has taken charge of four matches and has shown 11 yellows, but is yet to show a red, and last time out was at Gillingham for their 2-2 draw against Blackpool.
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