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

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10:45pm

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10:43pm

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.”

10:41pm

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.”

10:00pm

Match report now online here

http://www.echo-news.co.uk/sport/blues/11404806.Southend_United_1__Walsall_2/

9:39pm

Blues 1, Walsall 2

9:35pm

Luke Prosser booked

9:35pm

Four minutes to be added on
 

9:34pm

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

9:33pm

Blues 1, Walsall 2. Morris

9:25pm

Kevan Hurst on for Jack Payne

9:23pm

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

9:22pm

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.

9:22pm

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!

9:16pm

Ben Coker booked for a foul.

9:10pm

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.
 

9:08pm

Myles Weston on for David Worrall
 

9:08pm

Jack Payne has long range effort easily saved by keeper
 

9:06pm

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

9:05pm

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

9:00pm

Billy Clifford comes on for James Baxendale

9:00pm

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

8:59pm

Attendance: 3, 146 with 153 from Walsall

8:55pm

Tom Bradshaw drags a low shot across the face of goal
 

8:49pm

The second half is underway

8:43pm

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

8:37pm

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.
 

8:35pm

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

8:34pm

Blues 0, Walsall 1
 

8:33pm

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

8:32pm

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

8:27pm

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

8:25pm

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

8:19pm

Adam Chambers booked for a foul on Jack Payne

8:16pm

Conor Clifford comes on Will Atkinson

8:15pm

Conor Clifford about to come on.

8:14pm

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.

8:13pm

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.

8:08pm

Will Atkinson booked. His second of the season already.
 

8:07pm

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

7:57pm

Ashley Grimes booked for a late challenge on Ben Coker
 

7:50pm

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

7:46pm

The game is underway

7:42pm

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

7:39pm

No changes in the Walsall team tonight.

7:38pm

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

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

7:32pm

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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