MATCH PREVIEW: Facts, stats, Novak’s last minute winner and Nile Ranger’s lip tattoo

Southend United vs Chesterfield - Chesterfield players celebrate their winner with the travelling fans - Pic By James Williamson
Southend United vs Chesterfield - Chesterfield players celebrate their winner with the travelling fans - Pic By James Williamson

Seven months ago Chesterfield fans celebrated wildly as Lee Novak’s last minute strike gave Town three points at Roots Hall.

In the Spireites’ last visit to Southend Novak’s calm finish was the only goal of the game.

It completed a 2015/16 League One double for Chesterfield against the Shrimpers.

The men from the coast last beat Town on 18th January 2014 - you can view the match facts and stats HERE

The last six encounters between the two clubs have yielded an equal share of the bragging rights, Chesterfield and Southend each winning three.

Ahead of Saturday’s game Bet365 have the Spireiets at 19/10 to beat Phil Brown’s men.

Both clubs currently sit on 12 points in League One, but Chesterfield have a goal difference of zero and Southend minus 11.

One interesting name on the opposition team sheet on Saturday will be Nile Ranger.

See the somewhat controversial striker’s career profile here.

Ahead of the visit of Chesterfield he told the Southend Echo he was keen to net his first Shrimpers goal this weekend and contemplated possible celebrations.

“Hopefully it will come on Saturday and it can be the winner as well,” he said.

“I’ll have to celebrate by pulling my lip out to show my tattoo or by running to the physio.

“I’m not sure what I’ll do just yet but winning on Saturday is really all that matters.”

Echo journalist Chris Phillips says Southend have not been playing well, but reveals their home form has at least been positive.

“The home form has been better than the away form,” he said.

“Blues have not been beaten in their last five games at Roots Hall.”

The dangerman for Wilson’s defence to look out for is Anthony Wordsworth, with two goals in four games since returning from a long term hamstring issue.

Earlier in the week Southend captain Adam Barrett said his side were in a relegation battle ‘at the moment,’ a statement that surprised Spireites veteran Ian Evatt.

Evatt is one Town player who is back to full fitness ahead of the trip to Southend, along with Liam O’Neil and Rai Simons who both featured for the reserves in midweek.

Missing out will be Ched Evans (foot), Paul McGinn (hamstring), Tommy Lee (shoulder) and Angel Martinez (knee) and a question mark remains over the fitness of Dion Donohue (knee).

Southend likely line-up: Oxley, Demetriou, Innis, Ferdinand, Coker, McGlashan, McLaughlin, Leonard, Wordsworth, Cox, Fortune.

Chesterfield likely line-up: Fulton, O’Neil, Maguire, Hird, Anderson, Ariyibi, O’Shea, Liddle, Nolan, Dennis, Wilkinson.