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28 September 2012

Southend United boss Paul Sturrock will be hoping to move into the promotion places with a win at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

Blues are currently 8th in npower League Two, three points off third place.

Plymouth meanwhile will be aiming to build on their 3-2 win at Morecambe last weekend.

Team News:

Paul Smith (concussion), Mark Phillips (groin) and Gavin Tomlin (groin) are all rated 50/50.

Striker Neil Harris (knee) is definitely out whilst Freddy Eastwood could be handed his first start of the season.

Plymouth will have Zimbabwe international winger Onismor Bhasera back this weekend and striker Rhys Griffiths could also be recalled after recovering from a calf strain.

But goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin (knee), striker Nick Chadwick (calf) and midfielders Jamie Lowry (ankle) and Paul Wotton (groin) are expected to miss out.

From the Dugout:

Paul Sturrock: “It is a place close to my heart but my head has to rule. It is important for us to kick on with a result and a performance to back up last Saturday. But it's going to be a hard game – we'll be a difficult nut to crack – but we'll have to be at our best to win on Saturday.”

Carl Fletcher: “We are trying to get in good areas, and once we get in those good areas we have got to make sure our end product is up to scratch. I was proud that we did that against Morecambe last weekend and came back from 2-0 down to win it. Now we need to build on that against Southend but it won’t be easy.”

For Guide:

Southend: WWWLW
Plymouth: WDLDW

Head to Head:

Southend Wins: 23 (23 League)
Draws: 19 (18 League, 1 FA Cup)
Plymouth Wins: 22 (21 League, 1 FA Cup)

Who’s in charge?

Referee: Steven Rushton
Assistant Referees: Adam Matthews & Mark Pottage
Fourth Official: Andy Davies

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