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Opposition Eye: Southend United

4 March 2016

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Southend manager Phil Brown believes his side have a score to settle when Chesterfield visit Roots Hall on Saturday.

The teams last met on a Tuesday night in October at the Proact Stadium with the Spireites winning 3-0.

Lee Novak scored inside the first ten minutes and then a Sylvan Ebanks-Blake brace helped Chesterfield on their way to their win.

Brown, speaking to the Southend press on Thursday, admitted his team were second best all game the last time the two sides met.

“We were more than humiliated by Chesterfield way back in October. I felt for the boys that night and I certainly felt for the travelling supporters.”

The Southend manager was also quick to praise the Spireites attacking force, he said: “We need to settle that score, I know it’s a change of management and a change of mind-set from their perspective. They have the same strikers on show and they gave us the run around that day and we really need to put that to bed.”

After being promoted from League Two last season via the play-offs, the Shrimpers are now only one point off the League One play-off spots and a win on Saturday can take them to sixth if results go their way.

Brown understands that this is game is vital for them to go on and kick start their promotion push again, after failing to win their last two.

“On Tuesday we grabbed a point, on Saturday we might have to grinded out three points.

“As far as I’m concerned it’s another three points available, that’s the main thing. It’s the next game in a big series of games and game one of 12 that we need to win to get us into the play-off positions.”

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