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St James Park, Exeter (ATT 3,971) 12th January 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R East

Exeter Exeter City vs Southend United Southend

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Anderson: Unlikely starter for Grecians

Anderson: Unlikely starter for Grecians

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Exeter City and Southend at St. James Park.

Exeter's new signing Myles Anderson may have to make do with a place on the bench.

The 22-year-old left-sided defender joined the club this week after being released by Blackburn but with Paul Tisdale having a settled back four he is unlikely to put the former Aberdeen man straight into his line-up.

Midfielder Liam Sercombe's ankle injury means the City youth product will probably miss the rest of the season, while striker Jamie Cureton will serve the second match of his three-game suspension for his red card at Wycombe on New Year's Day.

Irishman Jimmy Keohane looks set to keep his place after scoring his first professional goal to beat the Chairboys last time out while Kevin Amankwaah is pushing for a start after impressing as a half-time substitute.

Southend welcome back Marc Laird for the trip.

The midfielder was cup-tied for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy semi-final in midweek but is expected to return to the side as Paul Sturrock's side look to bounce back from consecutive league defeats.

Goalkeeper Paul Smith is expected to continue despite storming off down the tunnel after being replaced by Dan Bentley in stoppage time on Tuesday night.

Sturrock brought on the young 'keeper ahead of the penalty shoot-out, after he had saved three spot-kicks in the FA Cup second round replay win over Bury, and he was again the hero as he stopped Alfie Potter's effort in the victory over Oxford.

On-loan striker Britt Assombalonga is a doubt once more as he continues to struggle with ankle and shin problems. He will be assessed ahead of the game, with a place on the bench likely if he is passed fit.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Luton Town 15 30
2 Wycombe Wanderers 15 29
3 Burton Albion 15 28
4 Shrewsbury Town 15 27
5 Bury 15 27
6 Plymouth Argyle 15 26
7 Newport County AFC 15 23
8 Morecambe 16 23
9 Accrington Stanley 16 23
10 Southend United 15 22
11 Exeter City 15 22
12 Cheltenham Town 15 22
13 Cambridge United 15 21
14 AFC Wimbledon 15 20
15 Portsmouth 15 20
16 Stevenage 15 20
17 Mansfield Town 15 19
18 Northampton Town 15 18
19 Oxford United 15 16
20 Carlisle United 15 15
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 15 15
22 York City 15 12
23 Tranmere Rovers 15 11
24 Hartlepool United 15 11