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Match Preview: Southend v Pompey

All you need to know about EFL Trophy test

6 October 2020

Southend United v Pompey

Pompey have enjoyed plenty of success in the EFL Trophy in recent years.

They beat Sunderland on penalties at a packed Wembley in 2019 and are still waiting to face Salford in last season’s final.

In fact, you have to go back two years and nine months to find the last time they lost in the competition.

And the Blues know that victory in this evening’s Southern Group A contest at Southend would see them progress to this term’s knockout stages with a game to spare.

Even a draw would be enough to qualify should they win the resulting penalty shoot-out and claim a bonus point.

Their opponents were relegated from League One last season, with ex-Fratton coach Kevin Bond replaced as manager midway through by Pompey’s FA Cup-winning skipper Sol Campbell.

He departed following their fall into the basement, with Mark Molesley leaving Weymouth to take charge at Roots Hall.

The Shrimpers have had a difficult start to the current campaign, although did collect their first point in Saturday’s 1-1 stalemate at Crawley.

Pompey fans might still be having nightmares about the last clash between the sides in Essex, when they let slip a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 in February 2019.

They also met at Roots Hall in the EFL Trophy the previous month, when goals from Louis Dennis and Gareth Evans secured a comfortable 2-0 victory for the Blues.

Pompey have no injury concerns, but are likely to make several changes from the side that won at Burton in the league on Saturday.

Alex Bass will replace Craig MacGillivray between the sticks, while on-loan Danish defender Rasmus Nicolaisen is in line to make his debut.

Southend will be missing right-back Elvis Bwomono, who has been called up for international duty with Uganda.

Read the thoughts of Joe Gallen ahead of this evening’s game.

Pompey: 19 wins
Southend: 11 wins
9 draws

At Southend
Pompey: 5 wins
Southend: 9 wins
5 draws

Referee: Paul Howard
Assistants: Stephen Finch and Scott Williams
Fourth Official: Andy Bennett

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Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

Pompey are the 1/2 favourites with Sky Bet to secure all three points, while the hosts can be backed at 9/2.

Click here to find a comprehensive list of odds for Saturday's game. Please gamble responsibly.

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Match Reports

Southend 0 Pompey 3

Blues reach the EFL Trophy knockout stages

6 October 2020

John Marquis scores a penalty for Pompey at Southend
Photo: Nigel Keene

Pompey eased to a comfortable victory at Southend to book their place in the EFL Trophy knockout stages with a game to spare.

John Marquis opened the scoring from the penalty spot, while Ronan Curtis added a goal in each half to secure all three points.

It means that next month’s Fratton contest against West Ham’s youngsters will merely decide who claims top spot in Southern Group A.

Kenny Jackett made 10 changes from the side that had beaten Burton in League One at the weekend.

Ryan Williams was the only player to keep his place in the starting line-up, with Rasmus Nicolaisen handed his debut at the heart of a three-man defence.

Alex Bass returned between the sticks, while Ben Close was handed the captain’s armband in Tom Naylor’s absence.

The other men handed a chance to impress were Haji Mnoga, James Bolton, Paul Downing, Cam Pring, Andy Cannon, Curtis and Marquis.

Despite all the alterations, the visitors looked bright from the beginning and created several early opportunities.

Williams dragged a shot narrowly wide from an acute angle, while Nicolaisen could not keep the ball down when he met Pring’s corner.

The former had another chance following a quick Blues break up the pitch, but was this time denied by Shrimpers stopper Mark Oxley.

And Pompey did break the deadlock midway through the first half following a clear foul on Mnoga by Tom Clifford.

Referee Paul Howard pointed straight to the spot and MARQUIS stepped up to calmly send Oxley the wrong way from 12 yards.

Southend had barely threatened, although Timothee Dieng should have done better than send his close-range header straight at Bass.

Matt Rush was then booked for a late challenge on Bass when the two raced to reach a loose ball first.

Oxley came to the rescue once more on 37 minutes, denying Marquis with his legs after Williams had stolen possession and slipped a pass across to the striker.

But he could do nothing to prevent the hosts falling further behind moments later, with a 25-yard CURTIS strike taking a wicked deflection off Richard Taylor to deceive the keeper.

There were more chances before the break, although Mnoga blazed one over the bar, while a rocket from Curtis flew just too high in stoppage-time.

Half Time: Southend 0 Pompey 2

Pompey began where they had left off following the restart and Curtis hit a dangerous ball across the face of goal.

The visitors were then forced into a change when Lewis Gard went down injured and had to be stretchered from the pitch.

With the Blues coasting, however, the action was undoubtedly less intense and Bass was largely enjoying a watching brief.

There was a dangerous attack launched by Terrell Egbri, only for a perfectly-timed Mnoga challenge to stop him in his path.

Nicolaisen livened things up just past the hour by meeting Cannon’s corner with a firm header, but Oxley made a super stop to deny the Dane a debut goal.

Bass then appeared to tip over a header from Harry Kyprianou, although Howard infuriated the home side by failing to award a corner.

The visitors were still looking more likely to add to the scoring, however, and they duly wrapped things up on 77 minutes.

It was a fine solo effort from CURTIS, who was afforded space to surge forward before depositing a long-range strike into the bottom corner of Oxley’s net.

That was his last piece of meaningful action, as – perhaps with Saturday in mind – he was soon replaced by Callum Johnson.

And the closing stages passed by without much incident, as Pompey’s fine record in the EFL Trophy continued.

Southend (4-4-2): Oxley (c); Hobson, Dieng (K.Coker 46), Taylor, Clifford; Egbri, Gard (O.Coker 52), Phillips, Kyprianou; Acquah (Nathaniel-George 74), Rush
Booked: Rush, K.Coker, Taylor
Sub not used: Seaden

Pompey (3-4-3): Bass; Bolton, Dowing, Nicolaisen; Mnoga, Close (c), Cannon, Pring; Williams (Morris 88), Marquis, Curtis (Johnson 80)
Goals: Marquis 21 (pen), Curtis 40, 77
Booked: Bolton
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Raggett, Jacobs, Harness, Harrison

Referee: Paul Howard

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