Match preview: Southend United (a)

The Spireites are back in front of the TNT Sports cameras as they make the journey down to Roots Hall to take on Southend United.

Chesterfield will be looking for an eighth straight victory in all competitions and a 16th game unbeaten.

Here’s everything you need to know…

Match Details

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2023

Opponents: Southend United

Kick-off: 3pm

TV Channel: TNT Sports 1

Competition: Vanarama National League

Location: Roots Hall

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The Opposition

Name: Southend United Football Club

Nickname: The Shrimpers

Founded: 1906

Stadium: Roots Hall

Capacity: 12,492

Manager: Kevin Maher


League One Champions | 2005/06

Fourth Division Champions | 1980/81

League Two Play-Off Winners | 2004/05 & 2014/15

Southern League Second Division Champions | 1906/07 & 1907/08

On Kevin Maher

A Southend United legend, Kevin Maher played over 450 times for the Shrimpers during his ten years at the club. After ending his career with Whitehawk in the Conference South, the midfielder had coaching jobs at Southend, Chelmsford City and Bristol Rovers. In 2021, Maher returned to Roots Hall top become manager of Southend  United. The former Republic of Ireland U21 international has been a source of consistency in a time of turmoil.

Speaking to their club website, Maher said: “They’ve done brilliantly to be in the position they are and in the form they’re in – they’re the best team in the league, that’s pretty obvious, but we’re looking forward to it. It’ll be a big crowd in and I’m sure they’ll be behind us.

“You look at how they’ve been since Paul Cook’s gone in, and they’re ready to get promoted. They were very unlucky in the play-off final last year, so for them to respond the way they have is a credit to them.

“As a football club, they’re set up to get promoted and that’s something we’re looking to do and take things from.”

One to watch

Harry Cardwell has been a standout player in a team full of fighters so far this season. His form has attracted interest from several EFL clubs. Cardwell is a tall striker with a good turn of pace and the ability to find the back of the net with ease. He is someone that Chesterfield will have to keep a close eye on.

This season in numbers:

Appearances – 20

Goals – 11

Assist – 0

Yellow Cards – 1

Red Cards – 0

Minutes Played – 1,693

Played for both

Former Premier League striker Marc-Antoine Fortune joined League One side Southend United in the September 2016 following a successful trial. He spent two seasons with the Shrimpers scoring 11 goals in 77 appearances. Fortune left the club at the end of the 2017/18 season.

After a couple of trials, the veteran forward joined Chesterfield a day before the start of the 2018/19 National League campaign. Fortune bagged seven goals in 28 league games as the Spireites struggled in their first season in the fifth tier. The former West Brom and Celtic man left the club after just one year in North Derbyshire.

View from the dugout

Danny Webb said: “It will be very tough. I think if they hadn’t lost at Altrincham, they would still have the best defensive record in the table.

“We will expect a good atmosphere. They won’t fear us going into town and we’re certainly not going to take them for granted.”