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14 September 2012

Southend United boss Paul Sturrock will be looking to record his sides’ first away win of the season at Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Off the back of three home wins in seven days Sturrock’s 13th placed Blues side now face two away trips in 72 hours.

Cheltenham meanwhile are seeking their first win in September after a 3-0 home defeat to Accrington Stanley and last weekends 1-1 draw at Wycombe Wanderers.

Team News:

Southend striker Freddy Eastwood (calf) is unavailable for the trip having also missed training with sickness.

Luke Prosser (calf) and Ryan Leonard (hamstring) are also both expected to miss out whilst David Martin (ankle) faces a late fitness test.

Cheltenham Town have no fresh injury worries ahead of the Blues visit.

Defender Alan Bennett remains the only absentee with a calf problem.

From the Dugout:

Paul Sturrock: “Cheltenham are a good side and they proved that last year. Whaddon Road is a difficult place to go and we made it even harder for ourselves last season. If we play like we did that time then we will get exactly what we deserve.”

Mark Yates: “Southend are a great side and Paul's got a fantastic record against teams in and around the play-offs. Like us, they'll feel like they've got business to do after missing out last season."

Form Guide:

Southend: LDWWW
Cheltenham: WDWLD

Head to Head:

Southend Wins: 9 (6 League, 2 League Cup, 1 FL Trophy)
Draws: 5 (5 League)
Cheltenham Wins: 9 (7 League, 1 League Cup, 1 FL Trophy)

Who’s in charge?

Referee: Scott Duncan
Assistant Referees: David Avent & Adam Hopkins
Fourth Official: Steven Plane

Ticket News:

Tickets are pay on the day for Southend United supporters priced £20 adults, £14 concessions and £7 under 16's.

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