“We’re looking forward to the game”

First-team coach Gary Roberts said that the Spireites are aware of Southend United’s assets but are focusing on themselves and ensuring that they’re ready for the game.

Speaking to the media, he said: “We’re looking forward to the game. They’re a good side and can cause any team in this league serious problems. 

“They’ve got a number of dangerous players but we will be focusing on ourselves first and foremost to ensure we’re ready.

“We’re at home which I think helps a lot, it should be a great night. Hopefully there will be another bumper crowd here cheering the lads on which will massively help.”

Roberts also gave an update on the injured pair Akwasi Asante and Armando Dobra.

“Both of them are touch and go really,” he said. “They’re not a million miles away but we’ll have to see how they are tomorrow. 

“They will be assessed to see how they are ahead of the game. We certainly won’t be rushing them back, that’s for sure.”

Roberts also gave an update on Kabongo Tshimanga’s situation while also expressing his delight for the players that are currently not in the squad, saying: “Kabongo isn’t in today, we’re just managing him. 

“He’s had a long time off and he needs to be managed carefully. He won’t be in contention for the game tomorrow. It’s important that we manage his situation carefully.

“Manny Oyeleke is recovering well. He’s off crutches and back walking. 

“We’re looking more towards January for his return but we don’t want to put any pressure on that timeframe, it could be longer than that – we will see. He’s a big player for us.

“The lads in the stands are arguably more important than the ones on the pitch. Anyone could come in at any point.

“The lads out the squad are massive for us; they’re training hard and they will get their chance and when it comes, they will take it.”