LiveLIVE BLOG: Southend 1, Walsall 2, Capital One Cup First Round

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Walsall manager Dean Smith: “Southend made it difficult for us but we expected that because they are a good side.

“They made the play-offs last season and have strengthened since then so we always knew this was a hard game.

“After going in front, I thought we were a little bit unlucky to have a Tom Bradshaw effort ruled out for offside.

“I’ve seen it again and it looked fine to me. I also wasn’t sure about the free-kick which led to Southend’s equaliser.

“But thankfully that didn’t come back to haunt us as we were still able to make it through.”


Southend United manager Phil Brown: “For me the better side have lost out their tonight.

“The players couldn’t really have done anymore and it’s frustrating because when it went to 1-1 the game was really there for the taking.

“We had one or two chances we could maybe have done better with but Walsall are a good side themselves and they showed that quality with their second goal.

“It’s hard to take and I thought Walsall should have been down to 10 men when their defender (Paul Downing) was the last man and fouled Lee Barnard.

“The ref had a nightmare there but there were plenty of positives from our point of view and Jack Payne was a real thorn in their side.”


Match report now online here


Blues 1, Walsall 2


Luke Prosser booked


Four minutes to be added on


Morris sent a rising left foot shot high in to the roof of the net with his left foot from 18 yards.


Blues 1, Walsall 2. Morris


Kevan Hurst on for Jack Payne


Shaq Coulthirst shoots inches wide of the right post from 20 yards.


Unbelievable save from Richard O'Donnell, somehow keeps out Luke Prosser's header from Adam Thompson's volley low down to his left hand side.


Blues 1, Walsall 1. Leonard.

The ball was rolled to Leonard from a free-kick and he slammed an outstanding, powerful 25 yard shot in to the roof of the net. WOW!


Ben Coker booked for a foul.


Big chance for Blues. Great through ball from Jack Payne sends Shaq Coulthirst clean through on goal but he fires wide of the right post.


Myles Weston on for David Worrall


Jack Payne has long range effort easily saved by keeper


Decent chance for Jack Payne but his low, 12 yard shot is smothered by the keeper.


Phil Brown having words with Myles Weston. Could be about to come on.


Billy Clifford comes on for James Baxendale


Adam Thompson heads left wing corner from Ben Coker inches wide of the left post


Attendance: 3, 146 with 153 from Walsall


Tom Bradshaw drags a low shot across the face of goal


The second half is underway


Paul Downing could easily have been sent off for that challenge on Lee Barnard.


One of those that everyone connected with Blues will say was inside, everyone to do with Walsall will say it wasn't. Was actually impossible to tell from where I was.


Phil Brown waiting to speak to the officials as they leave the pitch


Blues 0, Walsall 1


It's been given just outside the area. Paul Downing booked for the challenge.


Lee Barnard fouled. Arguments over whether it was inside or outside the box.


Conor Clifford through ball to Lee Barnard but his effort is saved by the keeper. Blues' best chance so far there.


James Baxendale's long range shot is fumbled by Paul Smith. Tom Bradshaw fires home rebound but is ruled offside.


Adam Chambers booked for a foul on Jack Payne


Conor Clifford comes on Will Atkinson


Conor Clifford about to come on.


Appears to be an injury in the Blues side. Physio Ben Clarkson is in talks with assistant manager Dave Penney. Myles Weston and Conor Clifford have both been called back from warming up by boss Phil Brown.


Blues 0, Walsall 1. Andy Taylor's low left wing cross finds Mal Benning at the near post and he fires home, via the underside of the crossbar, from six yards.


Will Atkinson booked. His second of the season already.


20 minutes in and it's still 0-0. Blues have been playing some good stuff.


Ashley Grimes booked for a late challenge on Ben Coker


With the kits on show tonight it's like watching Spurs against Arsenal


The game is underway


Blues have not won a game in this cup since beating Bristol City 3-2 in August 2010.


No changes in the Walsall team tonight.


Walsall: O'Donnell, Taylor, O'Connor, Downing, Chambers, Bradshaw, Sawyers, Baxendale, Benning, Chambers, Grimes

Subs: MacGillivray, Holden, Flanagan, Morris, Bakayoko, Kinsella & Clifford


BLUES boss Phil Brown had made seven changes to his starting line-up for tonight’s Capital One Cup clash against Walsall at Roots Hall.

Goalkeeper Paul Smith comes in for Daniel Bentley between the sticks while Adam Thompson and Mads Ibenfeldt have both been handed starts in defence at the expense of John White and Cian Bolger.

The Shrimpers are expected to line-up in a 5-3-2 formation and that will see summer signing David Worrall at right wing-back.

In the centre of the park, Will Atkinson and Jack Payne have both been handed recalls with Conor Clifford and Kevan Hurst dropping to the bench.

The final change comes in attack with Lee Barnard replacing Barry Corr.

Southend United: Smith, Worrall, Ibenfeldt, Thompson, Prosser, Coker, Atkinson, Leonard, Payne, Coulthirst, Barnard

Subs: Bentley, White, Corr, Weston, Hurst, Bolger & Clifford


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