Date: 11th August 2014 at 12:53pm
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We make long journey to Southend for the first round of the Capital One Cup, hoping to go on some sort of cup run this season.

Vital Quotes:

Phil Brown ”I know whichever eleven start the game will give it everything they’ve got. It will be great, as manager, to be able to look at the bench and see plenty of quality on there to come on and have an impact in the game’

Southend United Team News:

No fresh injury worries

Player to watch: Kevan Hurst

Former Saddler, Kevan Hurst needs no introduction.

Last season he topped the assists charts for Southend and will be hoping to get one over on his former club tomorrow.

Walsall Team News:

Walsall will still be without injured trio Sam Mantom, Ben Purkiss and Jordan Cook.

Smith could give full debut to Billy Clifford who came on as sub in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Port Vale.

Player to watch: Ashley Grimes

We said Tom Bradshaw was one to watch on Saturday and he scored, so we will try our luck with another new boy who looked very influential on Saturday and hope the former Bury striker can start his goal run tomorrow night.

Match Facts & Stats

Walsall have not won at Roots Hall since the 1-0 victory in 1998.

The last time these sides met in 2010 saw Southend run out easy 3-0 winners.

These two sides have never met in the League Cup.

Ref Watch:

Mr Gavin Ward from Surrey is the man in the middle.

In the three games he has officiated for Walsall we are yet to pick up a result from, three defeats.

Heres hoping the Gavin Ward curse drops tomorrow.

Match Prediction:

Southend are lower league opposition but only just missed out on promotion last term and given our cup records and the Gavin Ward curse im going to say its an early exit, 2-1 Southend.

Next Fixtures:

16.08.14 – SOUTHEND v Stevenage
16.08.14 – WALSALL v Bradford