Chesterfield defender Drew Talbot thinks Southend United will be looking for revenge when the two sides meet tomorrow in the second round of the FA Cup.
A header deep into injury time from Armand Gnanduillet gave the Spireites all three points in League Two when they met in August at the Proact Stadium.
And Talbot thoroughly anticipates a backlash from Phil Brown’s in-form Shrimpers, as they go head-to-head for a place in round three of the prestigious competition.
He said: “They’re going to come and try to turn us over. It was a good game here last time around.
“They may not have played the greatest football but they were in the game and sometimes, especially away from home, you’d take that.
“I thoroughly enjoy playing in the FA Cup and Southend are flying at the moment in the league so it should make for a good game. It’s one of the best competitions in the world.”
But, with hectic fixture schedules, does the tradition of the cup still light a fire amongst players?
“I remember watching it as a child thinking if I ever get the chance to play in that it would be great,” he said. “I’ve been lucky enough to play in some big games and I’d love to get a big team away.
“The top teams still want to win it and that sets the tone a bit. Maybe in the league cup top teams put weakened teams out - in the FA Cup they don’t. There’s something special about it. I think it’s got a great history and hopefully we can progress and see how far we can go.”
Chesterfield go in to the tie off of the back of a disappointing 3-2 defeat at Newport County, which brought an eight-game unbeaten run to an end. Liam Cooper will serve a one-match ban for receiving a straight red.
Whereas Saturday’s opponents, Southend, have rocketed up the division with an unbeaten November which saw them win five from six.
Only a last minute penalty from Matt Richards prevented Brown’s men from making it a perfect month, which included a 3-0 win over Morecambe in the first round. While the Spireites overcame a spirited Daventry Town 2-0.
Paul Cook confirmed Callum McFadzean, on loan from Sheffield United, will be available for selection in the competition and praised the 19-year-old’s performances this week during training.
“He’s a very tenacious young man. He’s not afraid to put his foot in and tackle, he’s got a lovely left foot. I’m sure he’ll do himself proud while at Chesterfield,” added Cook.