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Exeter City preview

21 September 2012

Southend United will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat in six matches against Exeter City on Saturday.

Blues suffered a midweek defeat at Gillingham and now face third placed Exeter City at Roots Hall.

The Grecians are targeting an instant return to League One following their relegation last season.

Team News:

Southend are without Paul Smith (concussion), Mark Phillips (groin) and Neil Harris (knee).

Gavin Tomlin (groin), Elliot Benyon (sickness), Luke Prosser (calf) and Ryan Leonard (hamstring) are all doubts.

Exeter are likely to be without midfielder Liam Sercombe and striker Guillem Bauza for the trip.

Alan Gow is training after two weeks out while Jimmy Keohane could keep his place after impressing on Tuesday.

From the Dugout:

Paul Sturrock: “Jamie Cureton is on fire as he is hitting things in from all over the pitch and they are finishing in the net. Their squad is very experienced if you look at the standard their players have played at.”

Paul Tisdale: “Southend had a good season last year. They have a very particularly-minded and efficient manager who knows how to win games and put good teams together. The season will start to settle soon and I imagine he will turn his team into a good outfit.”

Form Guide:

Southend: WWWWL
Exeter: WDWDW

Head to Head:

Southend Wins: 42 (40 League, 2 FA Cup)
Draws: 36 (34 League, 2 FA Cup)
Exeter Wins: 39 (38 League, 1 League Cup)

Who’s in charge?

Referee: Iain Williamson
Assistant Referee: Craig Hicks & John O’Brien
Fourth Official: Robert Whitton

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