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PREVIEW: SOUTHEND UNITED (H)

12 February 2016

The Iron are back in League One action on Saturday as they welcome play-off chasing Southend United.

Nick Daws and Andy Dawson will be looking to make it three wins from three since taking over as caretaker managers.

Their last clash against Doncaster was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, so they will be eager to continue the Iron's push up the table.

Southend visit Glanford Park with their eyes also on the top six, with Phil Brown's side just adrift.

They will be full of confidence though after they comfortably beat Essex rivals Colchester 3-0 in their last outing.

Southend could climb into the top six with a win, meanwhile the Iron would close the gap with a game in hand as well.



The Iron have a virtually full strength squad available for the visit of Southend, including new loan signing Greg Luer.

The striker joins United from local rivals Hull City and will hope to be involved in Saturday, as will deadline day signing Dominic Vose.

Fellow striker Tom Hopper will be hoping to continue his own impressive form, which has seen him net three goals in as many games.

Only Niall Canavan is a slight doubt with a knock and he will be assessed ahead of the game.



Tyrone Barnett has hit the ground running since joining the Shrimpers on loan from League One rivals Shrewsbury in January. 

He has already netted three goals in as many games for his new side and will hope to spearhead their play-off push.

The striker made his name at Macclesfield and Crawley, where his goal scoring exploits prompted Peterborough to sign him for in the region of £1m.

During his three-and-a-half-year spell at the club, he went out on loan a few times as he was unable to nail down a starting spot.

This led to him joining Shrewsbury in February 2015 and he was part of their side that secured promotion from League Two last season.

He netted six times for Shrewsbury this campaign, but fell out of favour, leading to his move to Southend.



Southend have already visited Glanford Park this season, slipping to a 2-1 defeat to the Iron in the first round of the FA Cup.

Paddy Madden gave United an early lead, but the Shrimpers soon hit back thanks to a Ryan Leonard strike on the half hour mark.

Both teams pushed for a winner in the second half, and it was the Iron who grabbed it through Madden's second goal of the game.

The Irishman's goal 12 minutes from time booked a second round tie with Leyton Orient. The Iron eventually exited to Chelsea in the third round.



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