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25 September 2015

The Iron face a trip to Essex on Saturday as they return to League One action against Southend United.

Mark Robins’ side fell to a late defeat at Rochdale last time out and will be hoping to bounce back against the recently-promoted Shrimpers.

Southend have recovered from a slow start to the campaign to win two of their last three matches, with wins over Millwall and Peterborough.

All three of their League One defeats have come at home though, which will give the Iron confidence going into the game.

They will be chasing their first away win of the season and victory will see them leapfrog their hosts in the table.

Mark Robins will have a near full strength side for the trip to Southend, with only long-term absentees unavailable for selection.

Several members of the first team squad played in the development squad game in midweek and will be hoping to play a part at Southend.

Stephen Dawson, Niall Canavan and Luke Williams remain on the sidelines.

Vastly-experienced striker Noel Hunt will hope to fire the Shrimpers to safety this season, and has started the campaign very well.

The Irishman has two goals in four matches since his summer switch from East Anglian neighbours Ipswich Town.

He started in Ireland with Shamrock Rovers, before moving to Scotland to play for Dunfermline where he had a stop-start career due to a knee injury.

A prolific spell at Dundee United earned him a 2008 switch to Reading. Hunt soon established himself as a firm fans’ favourite with the Royals.

After his time at Reading he had spells at Leeds and Ipswich, although he failed to nail down a starting spot at either side.

He joined Southend in the summer and has hit the ground running, proving to be a valuable asset to Phil Brown’s side.

The Iron emerged victorious on their last trip to Essex in the 2013/14 campaign, beating their hosts 1-0.

Chris Iwelumo netted the only goal for United midway through the second half to give the Iron all three points.

The Iron went on to secure promotion to League One in that season, although they drew the reverse fixture 2-2 at Glanford Park.

Historically, the Iron have performed well in this fixture and have won 20 times compared to the Shrimpers’ 13.

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