CHESTERFIELD’S scheduled weekend visitors, Southend United, have seen their form take a turn for the worse since seeing off Paul Cook’s side just before Christmas.
Paul Sturrock’s men clinically saw off Chesterfield, winning 3-0, on December 21 in what was their 13th game unbeaten. Following on from that, the Shrimpers won by the same scoreline at Dagenham & Redbridge, but form has deserted them somewhat since then.
Burton Albion and Gillingham took maximum points in their games before a couple of drawn cup games, Brentford in the FA Cup and Oxford in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, the latter being won by Southend on penalties.
A 3-0 loss at Exeter followed before Brentford won their cup replay, the last action for United, Saturday’s home game with Plymouth Argyle being a weather casualty.
Sturrock has signed Dagenham’s Michael Spillane to add to his squad, currently sitting in eighth spot, a single point ahead of Chesterfield.
Chesterfield’s postponed weekend trip to Torquay United means that Cook’s only injury worry remains as Drew Talbot, whose broken toe will be three weeks into what was predicted as a four week recovery by the time that Southend visit.
New signing Richard Brindley will have the extra week to try and force his way into Cook’s first team plans.