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24 August 2012

Southend United travel to Northampton Town on Saturday as they seek their first win in npower League Two.

Blues have lost their opening two encounters in the league and head to Sixfields tomorrow without a goal to their name either.

Northampton Town meanwhile are undefeated in all competitions having picked up wins in the Capital One Cup against Cardiff City before drawing with Rochdale and then beating promotion favourites Rotherham United 2-1 midweek.

Team News

Southend United will be without midfielder Michael Timlin who serves a one-match suspension for his red card at Oxford United on Tuesday.

Winger Kevan Hurst is also a doubt with an ankle injury and a late fitness check will be made on Freddy Eastwood after he returned to training on Thursday following a calf problem.

Northampton Town have no fresh injury concerns with only Shane Higgs (Achilles) and Seth Nana Twumasi (knee) unavailable.

Manager Aidy Boothroyd could name an unchanged side for the third successive fixture.

From the Dugout

Paul Sturrock: “Northampton have just beaten one of the favourites for the League and they haven’t lost this season so it is a difficult place to go but I am looking forward to it.”

Aidy Boothroyd: “He (Sturrock) is a manager I have a huge amount of respect for, not just because he wins consistently but the way he handles himself, the way he works with his players and the way he speaks to people. He’s a fantastic role model and I’ve got a lot of time for Paul Sturrock.”

Form Guide:

Southend: LLL
Northampton: WDW

Head to Head 

Southend Wins: 42 (40 League; 2 Cup)
Northampton Wins: 42 (38 League; 2 FA Cup; 2 League Cup)
Draws: 26 (25 League; 1 FA Cup)

Who’s in charge?

Referee: Stephen Bratt
Assistant Referees: Mark Mellor & Mark Howes
Fourth Official: Chris Knowles

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