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Southend United Preview

14 October 2016

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After a weekend off Chesterfield hop back into the saddle with one of the season's longer trips on Saturday as they travel to Essex to take on Southend United.

Both teams go into the game level on points and desperate for more as they sit uncomfortably together in the lower half of the League One table.

Tickets

Tickets are off sale at the Proact now, though away fans are able to buy tickets on the turnstile at Roots Hall. The Proact ticket office learned on Friday that prices will be raised for away fans who buy on the day. 

Team News

Manager Danny Wilson said on Thursday that he hopes the injury fog engulfing the Proact has cleared slightly after a match-less weekend.

Liam O'Neil came through 45 minutes in Tuesday's reserve match while Dion Donohue is also close to a return following a knee complaint, with Wilson saying he'd leave team decisions until the last minute to give players the best chance to play.

The longer term injuries to Tommy Lee, Angel Martinez, Paul McGinn, Dan Jones and Ched Evans means they have not travelled with the squad for the game.

The Spireites will have the international trio of Liam Graham (New Zealand), Ryan Fulton (Scotland U21) and Connor Dimaio (Republic of Ireland U21) to call upon, with Graham being monitored closely after his long trip back from the US.

Shrimpers manager Phil Brown has the luxury of a near fully-fit squad, with Nile Ranger, Anthony Wordsworth, Ryan Inniss and Anton Ferdinand all nearing full fitness and possibly available for the match.

Form Guide

The Spireites and Shrimpers are separated by just goal difference in the Sky Bet League 1 table, though for Saturday's hosts it's been a case of two different campaigns with vastly fluctuating fortunes at home and away.

United are five games unbeaten at Roots Hall but away from home they've lost four out of six games, the latest coming in the 3-0 disappointment at Rochdale last Saturday.

Chesterfield have faced similar travelling troubles and are yet to taste success on the road this season. However, last season's late Lee Novak winner in the corresponding fixture will give hope for a similar success this time around.

From the Dugout

Speaking ahead of the game, manager Wilson spoke of the tight nature of the league and the upward possibility for any side able to string some wins together.

"They're in a very similar position to us on points," Wilson commented. "They were one of the fancied teams at the start of the season and there's no reason why they can't still be. Having watched a number of games already this season in our league, there's nothing between the teams.

"Any team who can put three or four results together will jettison themselves right to the top of the table. Should we get two wins in the next three games we'll be in the top six again.

"There's not a lot of a gap between those positions now and not a lot between the teams. Bradford are the strongest team we've played so far and with their squad they can keep that up, but up and down the league there will be teams expected to do something but it hasn't come to fruition yet."

Wilson also spoke of the opposition to be faced on Saturday, explaining that his Spireites side will face another tough physical challenge.

"They're a very big side," he said. "They'll be very difficult to deal with in aerial duels with freekicks and corners they're very potent, so we'll have to be very much on our mettle defensively.

"There are also areas where we feel we can play and cause them problems. We had a good result down there last year and we were playing very well at the time and we played very well, having to soak up pressure, and I think it'll be the same on Saturday."

Wherever you find yourself at 3pm on Saturday, you can follow all the news from Roots Hall across the CFC media channels.

As always, we'll have exclusive online commentary only on PlayerHD, with Instagram, Twitter and Facebook on top of things across social media. Finally, the official website is of course the best spot for post-match reaction and in-game stats.

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