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Roots Hall (ATT 4,805) 3rd September 2011 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: S Hooper

Southend Southend United vs Northampton Town Northamptn

Southend 2

B Mohsni (27)
R Hall (59)

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Northamptn 2

A Akinfenwa (60)
A Davies (65)
N McKoy (S/O 90+3)

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Last Updated: 02/09/11 11:28am

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Sawyer: Has a thigh problem

Sawyer: Has a thigh problem

Team news ahead of Saturday's League Two clash between Southend United and Northampton Town at Roots Hall.

Neil Harris, Lee Sawyer and Liam Dickinson have been added to Southend's list of absentees but Michael Timlin could make his second debut for the club.

Striker Harris was forced off after just 25 minutes of Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy victory over Crawley nursing a groin problem, while midfielder Sawyer followed him into the treatment room at half-time carrying a thigh strain.

Forward Dickinson had already converted the only goal of the game from the penalty spot when he was shown a red card, meaning he now starts a three-match suspension.

Meanwhile, Timlin arrived on loan at Roots Hall from Swindon on transfer deadline day and, having spent six weeks with the Shrimpers last season, could go straight into Paul Sturrock's plans.

Midfielder Jean-Paul Kalala (groin) and striker Barry Corr (knee) continue to miss out, while Southend terminated the loan deal of midfielder Alassane N'Diaye on Wednesday.

Northampton could be boosted by the return of three players.

Defenders Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi and Ashley Westwood and striker Jake Robinson are closing in on returns from injury.

"We are hoping to have both Nana and Jake available for selection," said Town assistant manager David Lee.

"With Nana back we've got options in defence and Ashley Westwood is ready for a return to the first team as well.

"Ben Tozer went to left-back on Tuesday night and did very well against a good player."

Kelvin Langmead, along with Westwood, has extended his stay at Sixfields but midfielder Kevin Thornton and striker Shaun Harrad left during the transfer window.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Shrewsbury Town 28 54
2 Burton Albion 28 54
3 Wycombe Wanderers 28 53
4 Luton Town 27 50
5 Southend United 28 50
6 Newport County AFC 28 46
7 Bury 28 44
8 Stevenage 28 41
9 Exeter City 29 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 28 40
11 Morecambe 28 38
12 Northampton Town 28 37
13 AFC Wimbledon 27 37
14 Cambridge United 27 36
15 Oxford United 28 33
16 Accrington Stanley 27 33
17 Tranmere Rovers 27 30
18 Portsmouth 27 30
19 Dagenham & Redbridge 28 30
20 Carlisle United 28 30
21 Cheltenham Town 28 30
22 York City 28 28
23 Mansfield Town 27 28
24 Hartlepool United 28 21