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Roots Hall (ATT 5,273) 21st December 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: R Lewis

Southend Southend United vs Chesterfield Chesterfld

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Last Updated: 20/12/12 3:44pm

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Lester: Misses out for Spireites

Lester: Misses out for Spireites

Team news ahead of Friday night's League Two clash between Southend and Chesterfield at Roots Hall.

Mark Phillips could make his return from injury for Southend.

The defender has missed the Shrimpers' last four matches due to a knee problem but has declared himself fit enough to be involved at Roots Hall.

The 30-year-old's availability means boss Paul Sturrock is only missing Neil Harris, who remains sidelined with a knee injury.

Goalkeeper Paul Smith came through last Saturday's 2-2 draw with Bradford unscathed on his return from a back injury and will keep his place in goal.

Britt Assombalonga extended his loan spell until the end of the season during the week. The striker, who has netted 12 goals in 26 appearances, will continue his partnership with Gavin Tomlin in attack.

Southend are unbeaten in their last 12 games in all competitions but sit just two points ahead of the Spireites in the League Two table.

Chesterfield will be without leading scorer Jack Lester.

Lester received a straight red card in injury time at the end of the Spireites' 1-1 home draw against Burton last weekend and the eight-goal striker will begin a three-match suspension in Essex.

Fellow veteran forward Luis Boa Morte is manager Paul Cook's only other concern ahead of the game on Friday night.

Boa Morte missed the Burton match due to a hamstring problem and the former Portugal international remains a doubt.

Chesterfield will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to six league games knowing victory would temporarily move them up to sixth in the table above Southend, who are unbeaten in their last 12 matches in all competitions.

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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Shrewsbury Town 34 64
2 Burton Albion 34 64
3 Wycombe Wanderers 34 63
4 Luton Town 34 58
5 Bury 34 58
6 Southend United 34 58
7 Newport County AFC 34 53
8 Plymouth Argyle 34 52
9 Stevenage 34 52
10 Northampton Town 34 50
11 AFC Wimbledon 34 46
12 Morecambe 34 45
13 Portsmouth 34 44
14 Exeter City 34 44
15 Accrington Stanley 34 43
16 Cambridge United 34 41
17 Mansfield Town 34 41
18 Dagenham & Redbridge 34 40
19 Oxford United 34 39
20 York City 34 36
21 Carlisle United 34 36
22 Tranmere Rovers 34 34
23 Cheltenham Town 34 34
24 Hartlepool United 34 27