SOUTHEND United’s cup woes continue after being knocked out in the first round of the League Cup following a 4-2 defeat to Brentford.

The Blues haven’t made it past the first round since 2010 and despite the Championship side making 11 changes, the Shrimpers effort still wasn’t enough to beat the Bees.

Brentford – who left out ex-blues goalkeeper Daniel Bentley – started off the better of the two sides, with strong early chances forcing Oxley to make two good saves and preventing the away team from taking an early lead. The Bees remained on top, forcing another strong save by the Blues keeper when Ryan Woods cut it back to Nicholas Yennaris’ for a low shot on the edge of the box.

It wasn’t long before Brentford finally took their chances; just before half-time Josh Clarke played a through ball to Marcus Forss who, in the box, fired a shot pass Oxley, to give the Championship side the lead. The lead was nearly doubled moments later but a shot by Alan Judge was well saved by a diving Oxley.

After the break, Southend began to create some chances, but wasted a huge opportunity to equalise when a beautiful ball over the top by Simon Cox found Theo Robinson. However, he couldn’t find the target despite the keeper coming off his line.

But after his miss, it wasn’t long before Theo Robinson managed to find the back of the net with his deflected shot looping over Luke Daniels to give the Blues the equaliser. Shawn McCouksky made sure the ball was in the back of the net by nodding it in from close range, but the ball seemed to have already crossed the line and was therefore given as Robinson’s goal.

The game wasn’t level for long as just 4 minutes later Nicholas Yennaris’ volley was well saved by Oxley, but Julian Jeanvier was quickest to react scoring from close range as Brentford retook the lead.

Brentford extended their lead further 3 minutes later with a lovely combination of passes between Marcus Forss and Said Benrahma, leading to Benrahma scoring a third for the Bees.

However, the home side didn’t go down with out a fight, scoring a second from a wonderful curled effort straight into the top right corner by Shawn McCoulsky, in his first start for the Blues.

Not long after, the Shrimpers almost scored an equaliser when Michael Klass’ header came agonisingly off the cross bar.

Brentford went on to seal the victory and earn themselves a place in the second round in the 85th minute when Kamohelo Mokotji drilled a low powerful shot straight past Mark Oxley, ending the game in a 4-2 defeat for the Shrimpers, as their cup woes continue.


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