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In Focus: Southend v. Robins

12 February 2013

Fan and columnist Murry Toms looks ahead to tonight's clash with promotion rivals Southend United.

Cheltenham Town will tonight follow a well-trodden path to Roots Hall to take on promotion-hopefuls Southend United, looking to atone for Saturday's frustrating reverse in east London.

This evening's 13th long trip east to Essex provides Mark Yates' men with the opportunity to re-assert their top three credentials after the weekend's flat performance against Dagenham and Redbridge.

Paul Sturrock's side had a disappointing away day off their own three days ago, stealing a share of the points at lowly Accrington Stanley thanks to Kevan Hurst's dramatic leveller despite being reduced to ten men.

The result, like Cheltenham's, saw the Essex side slip two places in League Two ahead of tonight's encounter.

The two sides have come face-to-face on no less than 19 occasions in the league, 24 times in total with Southend shading the number of wins by ten to nine. There have been five draws.

Earlier in the season the Shrimpers ran out comfortable winners at the Abbey Business Stadium despite Jermaine McGlashan's 15th minute opener.

Goals by Sean Clohessy, Britt Assombalonga and Mark Phillips in eight catastrophic second-half minutes saw Southend go on to grab all the points back in September.

The margin of victory was even wider last time around at Roots Hall, when Cheltenham lost 4-0 after Sido Jombati's 19th minute dismissal handed the home side a numerical advantage they never looked likely to squander.

But in terms of encouragement, Cheltenham can draw on six wins and a draw in 12 visits to the 12,392-capacity ground since 1999.

And of the sides in League Two's top half, only Exeter City have a worse home record than Southend who have won six and drawn four of 14 matches this term.

Southend though boast League Two's meanest defence at home, conceding only 12 goals.

Up front Gavin Tomlin, the versatile striker with 12 goals, and Watford's loanee wide man Assombalonga (with 11) have also lead the line very effectively.

A quick glance at the table shows only four points divide third-placed Burton Albion (with 50 points), and Rotherham United, down in ninth.

A win tonight could elevate either Southend or Cheltenham into the top three, setting the scene for another intriguing match at the top of League Two.

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