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BIG PREVIEW: SOUTHEND VS CHESTERFIELD

8 October 2021

Southend United v Chesterfield…

Overview:

Southend United will be looking to clinch their second successive victory at Roots Hall on Saturday, but they will face a tough task as they do battle with James Rowe’s Chesterfield.

Phil Brown’s side overcame their recent struggles on Tuesday night as they fought their way to a first home victory of the season against Eastleigh.

Before Tuesday’s 1-0 triumph, Southend were 21st in the league standings, but the three points lifted them out of the relegation zone ahead of Saturday’s clash.

And now the Blues boss will be looking at building a positive run of results, however, they will have to overcome the Spireites, who currently sit fifth in the table.

The two sides have battled numerous times before, the last meeting perhaps one of the more memorable for Southend fans, as Brown’s men wheeled away from Derbyshire 4-0 winners.  

The Opposition:

Chesterfield, in their original form, were founded in 1866, they have a rich history in the Football League.

In 2018, the Spireites suffered relegation to the National League after a horrific season in which they finished eight points from safety in League Two.

It was to be the first time that the club were resigned to non-league football since their re-joining of the Football League in 1921, however, Rowe’s side are now amidst a charge to return to the top four tiers.

With a summer of good investment, Chesterfield are hungry for a promotion campaign with their fast start to the 21/22 season typical of their ambitions; they’re looking to go one step further than last year where they crashed out of the play-offs in the quarter finals. 

Form:

The Shrimpers tasted victory for the first time since opening day on Tuesday, a resilient 1-0 victory which broke an unwelcome run of four straight defeats.

Before Tuesday’s point maximum, Southend had picked up just five points from a possible 24, suffering a seven-match winless run after their curtain-raising victory.

The Spireites started the 21/22 campaign superbly, winning five of their first seven matches this season.

However, Rowe’s side have stuttered in their last three matches, failing to win in each, a stumble which has seen them drop four points below the table-topping Grimsby Town.      

From The Boss:

"We’ve had a look at the performance (on Tuesday), and it was a performance that I was proud of because the players were under a lot of pressure,” said Brown.

"Not knowing the team until 6:15 on the night, maybe that’s the way forward for me, I have to think long and hard about my preparation, sometimes when you name a team it puts a lot of pressure on a player, naming the team at 6:15 might be the answer. 

"I blame myself as much as anybody, we lost four games on the bounce, maybe now we can win four games on the bounce and turn the season round but its gone a long way in terms of confidence and hopefully performances in training.

"If it’s a battle of money we’d probably be about mid-table, I keep on saying it’s not about money it’s about the quality of player you’re bringing in, I’ve been happy with. The motivation of player I was happy with for the first four games.

"We have to go into this game with our tails up, it’d be nice to say same team and same formation, but I want to see competition for places heightened by performances on the training ground."

Blues’ Team News:

Terrell Egbri will be pushing for a return to the squad after missing the last two fixtures due to a hamstring problem.

Blues boss Brown confirmed that Josh Coulson suffered a fractured ankle against Solihull Moors last weekend, consequently being ruled out ‘for a couple of months.’

John White is also doubtful for the clash as he recovers from his hip flexor issue.

Abu Ogogo’s foot injury has been confirmed as “not broken,” in positive news for Southend, it is hopeful that the midfielder will be returning in a couple of weeks.

Tom Clifford is a long-term absentee remains out. 

Ref Watch:

Scott Tallis will be calling the shots when Chesterfield come to town on Saturday.

The clash will be Tallis’ fifth National League fixture of the 21/22 season.

In his four matches so far, he has brandished 13 yellow cards, 10 of which came in one match.

Tallis will be assisted by Jonathon Block and Christopher Myatt, with Charles Martland as fourth official.

Elsewhere in the National League:

Altrincham v Maidenhead United

Boreham Wood v Dagenham & Redbridge

Bromley v Torquay United

Dover Athletic v Barnet

FC Halifax v Weymouth

King’s Lynn Town v Solihull Moors

Stockport County v Aldershot Town

Wealdstone v Eastleigh

Woking v Grimsby Town

Yeovil Town v Notts County

How to Follow:

Tickets are on sale for the game from the Blues Box Office online, on the phone (0344 477 0077) or in person. Tickets cost £18 for adults, £13 for concessions, £8 for juniors (9-16) and £3 for children (8 and under) if bought before the matchday. Prices increase on the day by £2.

Blues fans unable to attend Roots Hall will still be able to follow all the live action by subscribing to Blues TV where you’ll get live match commentary from the BBC Essex team from all first-team matches this season.

Blues TV costs £4.49 per month or a one-off cost of £45 for the season, with your subscription not only giving you match commentary, but also exclusive access to extended match highlights, full pre-match press conferences, interviews, features and more.

You can also follow live minute-by-minute updates on social media via the Club’s official Twitter account by following @SUFCRootsHall on Twitter, which will ensure you get all the latest news and more throughout the 2021/22 season.

Matchday programme:

The matchday programme ‘Roots Review’ will be available to buy outside the stadium from the programme hut and the Paul Robinson West Stand ticket office.

The programme hut is based at the bottom of the main car park off Victoria Avenue, which along with a dedicated programme only window at the west stand ticket office, will be the two main points for supporters to buy a programme.

Reduced quantities will be available from some bars and kiosks also.

A digital matchday programme can be bought via MatchDay Digital.

Apple users can download the app here, while Android users can download a copy via the Google Play store here.


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