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Southend United Preview

4 March 2016

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Chesterfield go hunting for a famous fifth as they head to Southend United on Saturday looking to lengthen their four-game unbeaten run and boost their survival hopes.

Lying in wait are a strong Southend side who sit on the fringes of the play-off places and knowing that a win is likely to leap them back into the league's top six.


Spireites supporters can buy tickets on the day at Roots Hall, but are asked to note that matchday prices are £2 more per ticket than the prices for advance sales, seen here.

Team News

The Spireites welcome back their captain in Essex with midfielder Gary Liddle set to join back with the squad after his three-game suspension.

Danny Wilson's side have no new injury concerns, though the game comes too soon for Chris Herd as he recuperates from a hip flexor injury. Dan Jones is also honing in on the first team squad, and is pencilled in for next Tuesday's reserve match.

Shrimpers Captain John White is back in contention for the match after a six-week absence, though midfielder Ryan Leonard is still on the sidelines as he steps up his own recovery from injury.

Form Guide

Tuesday's draw with Blackpool saw the Spireites claim their eighth point in four unbeaten games, a run that has moved the club three points above the Sky Bet League 1 drop zone.

However, the wins gained by relegation-threatened pair Fleetwood Town and Colchester United midweek illustrate the fighting spirit now prevalent among the strugglers in the league - and the importance for Chesterfield to keep their positive run going.

Southend's recent run of results shows very little consistency. Three straight wins a month ago saw the Shrimpers motor up into the play-off spots before a run three losses and just one win in the last five - the success being the notable scalp of league-leaders Burton Albion - has knocked their progress.

Now a point outside the top six in eighth spot, a last-minute penalty rescued a point for Southend at home to Crewe on Tuesday night and manager Phil Brown has called on his squad to show the Spireites what they're really about after losing 3-0 at the Proact earlier this season.

From the Dugout

This week the pre-match press conference saw first-team coach Chris Morgan explain to Spireites PlayerHD that his side are now finding a way to get results to go with their performances.

"There have been some good performances," he noted. "We felt that even in the losses we had competed and been really close. I spoke to Nigel Clough after the Burton game and he said that we'd deserved to have taken something out of the game.

"What had to turn were the results and we've had four decent results of late and now have another chance for one on Saturday.

"It'll not be easy. Southend are a good team, well organised with some good players and a point outside the play-offs, so they've got their own tasks and it'll be another competitive game."

Anticipating a challenging afternoon by the sea, Morgan stressed the importance of teams staying together to build towards success.

"We've seen over the years that teams like Burton and Southend get promoted and are on a high and then they tend to keep going.

"They often have a close-knit group, they have the confidence from the year before and that togetherness and spirit takes you a long way.

"If you have a structure and belief that you're used to working to then the lads feel comfortable with it - and that's what we're trying to get here.

"It's always tough when you play down there," he said. "It's a proper traditional stadium with fans on top of you.

"They've got a good squad with a good mix of experience and some good young players. Any time you play one of Phil's teams you know that they're going to be at it."

If you don't like to be beside the seaside, or are unable to get to Roots Hall, stick with the official CFC media channels - including live commentary on PlayerHD - for all the information coming out of Essex.

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