Southend 0 Portsmouth 3: RECAP as Blues book their spot in second round of EFL Trophy

Pompey make the trip Roots Hall to face Southend in the EFL Trophy tonight (7.45pm).

Pompey travel to Roots Hall tonight in the EFL Trophy
Pompey travel to Roots Hall tonight in the EFL Trophy

The Blues can book their spot in the second round of the competition with one match to spare this evening

To escape Southern Section Group A, Kenny Jackett's side need to pick up either a win or a bonus point via a penalty shootout should the game end a draw after 90 minutes.

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Southend 0 Pompey 2 (half-time)

Last updated: Tuesday, 06 October, 2020, 21:11

  • Blues aiming to book place in second round of EFL Trophy
  • Kenny Jackett makes 10 changes from win at Burton
  • Nicolaisen handed Pompey debut
  • Marquis opens scoring from penalty spot on 21 minutes (0-1)
  • Curtis doubles lead on 40 minutes (0-2)

Mnoga’s engine and athleticism really is terrific. He’s made two brilliant lung-busting runs to win the ball back for Pompey now 

What a save from Oxley to deny Nicolaisen’s header from Curtis’ corner! The third is surely a matter of time now 

Wiliams gets a deft touch on Curtis’ cross but his shot is cleared on its way towards goal 

Williams pulls a cross back for Marquis and he shoots wide, although it wouldn’t have counted anyway as the former was offside

Peter Taylor, who has been helping Pompey with coaching, has been watching the action at Roots Hall tonight

Pompey have missed a glut of chances here, with Pring the latest.

Curtis stands a ball up to the far post and there’s Pring to meet it with the goal gaping, but somehow shoots wide of the far post

Pompey playing wing-backs tonight with Mnoga and Pring filling those roles.  Bolton, Downing and Nicolaisen the three central defenders with Williams, Close, Cannon and Curtis in front of them and Marquis up front.  

Rush and Mnoga have a coming together. The latter goes down but his fine to continue 

Oli Coker replaces the injured Gard

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