In among all the excitement about the Glovers’ incredible start to the SkyBet Championship at the weekend, you could almost be forgiven for forgetting the Capital One Cup kicks off this week.
Yeovil travel to Southend, not for a trip to the seaside, but to try and overcome Phil Brown’s League Two side and reach the Second Round.
The Shrimpers kick started their season on Saturday and faced another South-West side with a green kit, Plymouth, they’ll be hoping for a similar result too, a 1-0 home win.
It was Barry Corr on the scoresheet at the weekend, but they have also got firepower from the likes of Freddy Eastwood and Craig Reid to keep the visitors on their toes.
Following the 1-0 victory at Millwall, Glovers boss Gary Johnson suggested changes may be on the cards for the trip to Roots Hall, mentioning Joel Grant and Billy Clifford as possible replacements for the starting 11 after they were unused substitutes.
Michael N’Goo replaced Paddy Madden at half time in that game, could the Liverpool loanee get a go from the start, or will Paddy be given a chance to open his account for the season?
If Billy Clifford does feature, he could be directly up against former Yeovil loanee and namesake Connor, who joined the Shrimpers this summer – that might get confusing for anyone shouting names!
Southend and Yeovil have met each other a few times in the football league but not since the 2009/10 season.
Yeovil won 1-0 at home (Dean Bowditch) and drew 0-0 away that season.
It was the season before that when we last won on their back garden, a 1-0 win secured by Aaron Brown’s acrobatic effort. An inspired Josh Wagenaar performance meant that Aiden Downes’ red card wasn’t too damaging.
In this competition last season; Yeovil overcame Colchester in the first round before giving Premier League West Brom an almighty scare in round two, Southend had slightly less success going out to Peterborough United in a 4-0 loss at the first hurdle.
As with last season, should the game be level at 90 minutes, it’s Extra Time and Penalties (if needed) so allow for a potentially long night if you’re planning on using public transport.
Alison Moyet (The Singer) …. And that’s about it, although Jeremy Kyle was recently invited in to Southend to give a motivational team talk, so we’ll count him too.
A foot in both camps.
Steve Collis, Wayne Gray and Matt Harrold as well as former loanees; Connor Clifford, Kevin Betsy and Jean Francios Christophe.