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LAST TIME THEY MET | Chesterfield at Roots Hall

4 March 2016

A second home game in a week sees Southend welcome Danny Wilson’s Chesterfield to Roots Hall. We have a look at what happened when the Spireites were last in town:

A good day for Southend saw them take all three points to leapfrog opponents Chesterfield after a comfortable 3-0 win on January 18, 2014.

Kevan Hurst put Blues in the ascendency with an easy finish thanks to good work from Luke O’Neill to pick out Anthony Straker, who then teed up the former Chesterfield man for a simple tap in at the back post.

A quick-fire double made sure of the win, firstly through Ryan Leonard poking past goalkeeper Tommy Lee and Barry Corr, with a cheeky chipped finish.

The two goals in two minutes midway through the second half might have killed Chesterfield’s hope of getting something from the game, but they were offered a lifeline from the penalty spot when Gary Roberts was bundled over in the box.

Marc Richards, however, spurned the chance as Dan Bentley got his fingertips on the ball to save it low to the ‘keeper’s right.

The three points meant Southend moved above Paul Cook’s side into fourth whilst the Spireites slipped out of the automatic promotion places.

Following the defeat, though, Chesterfield went on a seven game, month long unbeaten run and would only lose another three games in the league for the remainder of the season to become champions of League Two.

In their first season in League One they achieved a commendable play-off place, but lost out in the semi-final to Preston North End.

Blues, on the other hand, would not then win for another 13 games, until March 24 against Oxford United, derailing their promotion push and eventually finishing fifth in a play-off position.

How much Southend, consigned to another season in League Two the following season, would like to emulate Chesterfield’s feat of making the post-season competition, and a win on Saturday would be most welcome in their bid to accomplish that.

Blues XI: Bentley, O’Neill (44’ Thompson), Phillips, Prosser, Coker, Leonard, Atkinson, Timlin (80’ Eastwood), Hurst, Straker (74’ Woodrow), Corr

Unused subs: Smith, Clifford, Laird, Payne

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