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6 November 2015

The Iron are in Emirates FA Cup action on Saturday, with fellow League One side Southend the visitors.

The game will be dedicated to the steelworkers and their families, promoting the Save Our Steel campaign, following the news about the loss of jobs.

Mark Robins’ side will hope to continue their impressive form, with the Iron winning five out of their last six matches.

They host League One rivals Southend, who find themselves in 12th place.

The Shrimpers failed to progress at this stage of last year’s competition, while the Iron defeated Forest Green 2-0.

Both sides will be hoping to continue their league form, with United hoping to make it six wins out of seven in all competitions.

Mark Robins will be without attacker Tom Hopper as he has been ruled out for four-to-five months after undergoing surgery on a shoulder injury.

Huddersfield loanees Murray Wallace and Joe Lolley have both returned to their parent club this week as well.

Darius Henderson’s return to the squad will boost the Iron though, and he will be hoping to push for a starting spot up front - as will Kevin van Veen.

Southend will look to star striker David Mooney for goals this season, following the Irishman’s summer transfer from Leyton Orient.

He has made a decent start to his career at the Essex club, helping the club to 12th place in League One and only four points off the play-off places.

Mooney started out at Shamrock Rovers, but only played a season as the club had to sell players due to their financial position.

That led to the striker moving to Longford Town, where he enjoyed an excellent scoring record that saw him win several awards as well as a move to Cork City.

Again, he only spent one season with the club as his excellent form caught the interest of Reading, although he would be frustrated at the Royals.

Mooney was loaned out to Norwich, Charlton and Colchester, before joining Leyton Orient in 2011 and recapturing his form.

After four years at Orient, he joined Southend in the summer and will hope to continue the form that he showed in League One.

The last meeting between the sides came earlier this season at Roots Hall, with the hosts winning 2-1 on that occasion.

Gary McSheffrey had given the Iron an early lead after curling home from the edge of the area, but the hosts turned it around.

Left-back Ben Coker was the key man for the hosts, setting up the equaliser for Michael Timlin and then surging forward to give his side the three points.

Southend’s last visit to Glanford Park ended in an entertaining 2-2 draw though, with the Shrimpers coming from two goals down to draw.

Saturday will be the first meeting between the two sides in the FA Cup.

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