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5 November 2021

Chesterfield v Southend United…


Just four weeks after Chesterfield beat Southend United 4-0 at Roots Hall, the two sides clash again, however, this time at the Technique Stadium in the Emirates FA Cup First Round.

And Blues will head into the fixture with an optimistic mindset, as they brushed aside Dover Athletic with a 4-1 victory on Tuesday night, as Kevin Maher achieved his first victory after being appointed head coach at the club.

But, highlighted by the result four weeks ago, it will be a tough challenge for the visitors, as James Rowe’s Chesterfield sit third in the National League standings and have lost just once this season.

Southend’s 4-1 victory over Chertsey Town in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round was Blues’ first win in the competition since 2018, and they will be hoping to form a cup run after their tough start to the 21/22 campaign.

The Opposition:

Some good investment and an astute, young manager at the helm have contributed to the Spireites’ strong start to the season.

Since their last victory over Southend, Rowe’s side have won three of their four matches, drawing the other.

But they have been hit by a severe injury crisis to their defensive players in the recent weeks, Gavin Gunning, Lawrence Maguire and Jamie Grimes will all be missing this weekend for the hosts.

And Danny Rowe, who scored a hat-trick in his side’s victory at Roots Hall nearly a month ago, has also been missing as he suffered a health issue. 


The Blues have won three of their last six outings in all competitions, each with different figures in the dugout.

Phil Brown managed when Blues secured a 1-0 victory over Eastleigh, before Jason Demetriou took temporary charge during Southend’s 4-1 victory over Chertsey and most recently, Maher’s men won 4-1 against Dover.

Sandwiched between those results were defeats against Chesterfield, Dagenham & Redbridge and Boreham Wood.

The Spireites went undefeated throughout October and have emerged victorious five times from their last seven matches.

From The Boss:

"It’s the FA Cup and that’s really important,” said Maher.

"It’s a great competition and we’ll be going out to win the game on Saturday.

"A cup run can be great for the fans but we know this is a tough game.

"They beat us here comfortably a few weeks ago and they’re going ever so well this season.

"It’s a difficult challenge but it’s one we look forward to, especially after Tuesday’s win.

"Hopefully we can give another good performance and see where that takes us."

Blues’ Team News:

Sheffield United loanees Zak Brunt and Kacper Łopata have both been granted permission to feature for Maher’s side this weekend.

Blues midfielder Harry Phillips will face a late fitness check after being pulled from the field of play on Tuesday as he suffered a dead leg.

Abu Ogogo will serve the last match of his two-game suspension following his sending off against Boreham Wood.

Fullbacks Nathan Ralph and Jason Demetriou remain unavailable for selection.

Simeon Akinola will also be absent as a result of his knee injury, with the length of his absence not known as yet.

Josh Coulson and Tom Clifford are still out with their respective long-term injury lay-offs.

Ref Watch:

Scott Simpson will be calling the shots at the Technique Stadium on Saturday.

Simpson has taken charge of 11 matches this season across the National League and Premier League 2, issuing 32 yellow cards and four reds.

He hasn’t officiated a Southend game.

The referee will be assisted by Steve Durnall and Scott Chalkley, Gareth Thomas will be fourth official for the cup clash.

Zak Brunt on facing the club he supported growing up:

"I'll have a few friends and family at the game that probably won't be supporting Southend," Brunt joked.

"I grew up in Chesterfield and had a season ticket for four or five years, but when it comes to Saturday there's only one team that I want to win, simple as that!

"I'm not sure I'll be allowed back home! But I know my family will support me and I know my family, apart from my brother, will want me and Southend to do well.

"I'll have a few of my mates in the stand giving me some stick but it'll be good."

Brunt is really thriving and enjoying his time at the club, adding: "I'm loving it. 

"As soon as the chance came about to get some experience playing men's football and to show what I can do, I had to take it.

"It's the first time being out on loan for me so I didn't know what it would be like going into a dressing room but the boys have been absolutely sound with me."

Key matches elsewhere in the FA Cup:

AFC Sudbury v Colchester United

Sunderland v Mansfield Town

Hayes & Yeading United v Sutton United

Carlisle United v Horsham

Yate Town v Yeovil Town

Rotherham United v Bromley

Portsmouth v Harrow Borough

Northampton Town v Cambridge United

Wigan Athletic v Solihull Moors

King’s Lynn Town v Walsall

Charlton Atheltic v Havant and Waterlooville

Leyton Orient v Ebbsfleet United

Lincoln City v Bowers and Pitsea

Bolton Wanderers v Stockport County

How to Follow:

Blues fans unable to attend the Technique Stadium will still be able to follow all the live action by subscribing to Blues TV where you’ll get live match commentary from the BBC Essex team from all first-team matches this season.

Blues TV costs £4.49 per month or a one-off cost of £45 for the season, with your subscription not only giving you match commentary, but also exclusive access to extended match highlights, full pre-match press conferences, interviews, features and more.

You can also follow live minute-by-minute updates on social media via the Club’s official Twitter account by following @SUFCRootsHall on Twitter, which will ensure you get all the latest news and more throughout the 2021/22 season.

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Match Reports


6 November 2021

Southend United exit the Emirates FA Cup at the First Round stage as they fell to a 3-1 defeat to Chesterfield at the Technique Stadium.

Despite going in front in just the fourth minute when Rhys Murphy marked his birthday with a delightfully taken goal, the Spireites responded with two goals in quick succession from Saidou Khan and Luke Croll.

Kabongo Tshimanga came off the bench to wrap up the win late on scoring within four minutes of coming off the bench with any hope of Blues making the second round draw fading when Sam Dalby skied a penalty in injury-time.

In the last knockings of added on time both teams were reduced to 10-men as a mele resulted in Calvin Miller and Zak Brunt being shown straight red cards as Chesterfield advanced to the second round at the expense of Blues.

Southend boss Kevin Maher – who was serving a one-game touchline ban – had named just the one change from the side than handily defeated Dover Athletic on Tuesday night as Nathan Ferguson came into the midfield in place of Harry Phillips.

And with confidence high following Blues’ first win under the new boss, Maher’s side got off to the perfect start in a crazy opening quarter of an hour that saw three goals scored in the space of 10 minutes.

The visitors in yellow went in front after just four minutes when Sam Dalby expertly held the ball up before playing a reverse pass into the path of birthday-boy Rhys Murphy, who lifted the ball over Melvin Minter to put Southend in front.

That lead though lasted less than a minute as Chesterfield responded immediately with Calvin Miller swinging in a vicious cross from the left that found the head of Saidou Khan to nod in the equaliser from close range.

The Spireites carried that momentum forward and would complete the turnaround after Steve Arnold had managed to keep Jak McCourt’s low shot out, but he wasn’t quite able to keep Luke Croll from squeezing in the rebound.

Arnold needed to be at his best to keep Chesterfield’s lead to one as he kept out Miller, who’d snuck in behind Rob Howard to get a header on goal, and just after the half-hour mark, Arnold was again called upon to prevent Jeff King’s stinging shot from going in.

Southend had chances to level before the interval with James Dunne slicing an effort wide of the mark, and Dalby was unfortunate not to grab an equaliser as Minter failed to deal with a Zak Brunt free-kick only for his strike at an empty goal to be headed over by Croll.

Attacking the goal in front of the vocal 291 travelling Southend fans in the second-half, Blues twice went close to levelling up matters but were denied by two superb saves from Minter who first stopped Dalby’s near-post header before clawing away a low strike from Murphy.

Southend’s hopes of making the hat for the second round draw though ended when Kabongo Tshimanga came off the bench to wrap up the victory. The striker managed to beat the offside trap to race through and score past Arnold just four minutes after coming off the bench.

Blues were giving the slimmest of lifelines in stoppage time when they won themselves a penalty as Minter shoved over substitute Matt Rush in the penalty area. Dalby though couldn't find the target as he stepped up and fired his spot-kick high over the crossbar.

That though wasn’t the end of the drama as both sides finished the game with 10-men after an off the ball tussle between both sets of players ended in Miller and Brunt being given their marching orders as Southend exited the competition.

Chesterfield XI: Minter, Miller, Oyeleke (C), Mandeville (Tshimanga 75’), McCourt (Weston 75’), King, Croll, Payne (Tyson 66’), Khan (Kellermann 64’), Whittle, Kerr. Subs Not Used: Loach

Blues XI: Arnold, Howard (Walsh 79’), Hobson, Bridge, Dunne, Murphy (Dennis 87’), Dalby, Ferguson (Rush 73’), Lopata, Brunt, White (C). Subs Not Used: Seaden, Egbri, Phillips, Atkinson, Sayers, David

Referee: Scott Simpson

Assistants: Steve Durnall & Scott Chalkley

Fourth Official: Gareth Thomas


Chesterfield: Saidou Khan 5’, Luke Croll 14’, Kabongo Tshimanga 79’

Southend United: Rhys Murphy 4’

Yellow Cards:

Chesterfield: Stefan Payne 48’, Jeff King 71’

Southend United: None

Red Cards:

Chesterfield: Calvin Miller 90+7’

Southend United: Zak Brunt 90+7’

Attendance: 4,713 (291 Away)

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Ticket News


FA Cup tickets now on sale

28 October 2021

Ticket information for Southend United’s Emirates FA Cup First Round game against Chesterfield on Saturday November 6 (3pm kick-off).

Tickets are being sold directly through Chesterfield’s website and supporters are required to create an account to purchase.

Blues supporters will be located in block N3.

The tickets are issued as a print at home or mobile ticket, however if supporters have difficulty with accessing tickets in this way, then they can collect on the day from the Technique Stadium before 2.30pm.


Adults - £10
Concessions - £5

Tickets will also be available on the day with a price increase of £1 but Chesterfield have recommended fans to buy in advance to avoid long queues on matchday.

Disabled and carer tickets can only be bought through the Chesterfield Ticket Office: 01246 269300.

Away Ticket Scheme

This game is equivalent to the National League fixture with supporters gaining 40 points for attending.

As stated when the scheme was launched, when tickets are sold directly through the home club we ask that supporters email with their ticket confirmation email along with your name included in the email.

Coach Travel

For Chesterfield travel information please click here.

For the Shrimpers Trust Away Travel Terms and Conditions please click here.


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