RONAN Curtis struck twice last night as Portsmouth defeated Southend to reach the EFL Trophy’s knockout stages.
Pompey scored a comfortable 3-0 win at Roots Hall, where a Curtis double followed John Marquis’ opener from a penalty.
Kenny Jackett, the Portsmouth manager, rang the changes and Curtis was restored to the starting XI.
Marquis drilled home midway through the first half after a foul on Haji Mnoga.
Late in the first half, Curtis’ 25-yard effort deceived the Southend goalkeeper to double the lead.
With 13 minutes to go, the St Johnston man sealed the win as he found the bottom corner with a fine long-range effort.Tags: