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Preview: League One – Southend next up for table toppers Gillingham
23rd October 2015

Gillingham retained their spot at the top of League One after a late goal saw them secure 2-1 win against Scunthorpe on Tuesday.

Justin Edinburgh’s side are two points clear at the top of the division thanks to Harry Lennon’s last minute winner against the Iron, and they play eighth placed Southend this Saturday hoping to extend their lead.

Phil Brown’s Seasiders lost 3-0 to Chesterfield on Tuesday and the Essex club will be desperate to get back to winning ways having previously won five of their past six matches.

Second-placed Walsall travel to a Colchester side who have experienced a mixed week to say the least.

10th October 2015 - Skybet League 1 - Walsall v Burton Albion - Tom Bradshaw of Walsall celebrates after scoring from the penalty spot to extent the lead (2-0) - Photo: Paul Roberts / Offside.

Walsall striker Tom Bradshaw is searching for his 10th goal of the season this weekend

The U’s were thrashed 5-0 at Wigan last weekend but bounced back with a 2-1 victory over Port Vale to keep them slap bang in the middle of the table.

The Saddlers, who led the table seven days ago, also recorded a good win in midweek, winning 2-0 at Barnsley.

Swindon Town are in a rut that they need to get out of quickly if they are to distance themselves from the rest of the clubs at the bottom of the table.

Chairman Lee Power is to take charge of his second match in charge as the Robins host Coventry City.

Town have last their last four games, including a last minute 2-1 defeat to Oldham at the County Ground on Tuesday.

Coventry visit the West Country this weekend hoping to improve on their impressive goal difference after drawing their last two games 0-0.

Joe Cole will be hoping to make more of an impact for the Sky Blues than he did in his debut against Rochdale in midweek.

20th October 2015 - Sky Bet League 1 - Rochdale v Coventry City - Joe Cole of Coventry - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Joe Cole will make his second appearance for Coventry at Swindon

Blackpool are now only one point from getting out of the relegation zone for the first time this term – and the team standing in their way of doing so is bottom side Crewe at Bloomfield Road.

The Tangerines have not lost in four, with Jack Redshaw’s late penalty securing them a 1-1 draw against 10-man Millwall on Tuesday night.

Crewe drew 0-0 with Burton in an uninspiring affair last time out, and have only won twice this season, however they will take confidence from the closeness in the bottom half and from taking a point off one of the sides towards the top.

Bury lost for only the second time this season on Tuesday night, with a 2-1 defeat to Bradford ending their 10-match unbeaten run in the process.

This weekend they travel to Shrewsbury knowing that a win at Greenhous Meadow could be enough to fire them into the top-two.

The Shrews lost their second game in four days when they were defeated 2-1 by a Darren Ferguson led Doncaster Rovers side, dropping to 18th in the process – a trend that manager Micky Mellon will not want to continue.

Elsewhere, Sheffield United are one of three sides with 24 points to their name – and they’ll be looking for a second win on the bounce to potentially pull away from Coventry and Bury.

Millwall travel to Bramall Lane, and they will want to show more resilience than they did on Tuesday against Blackpool in their 1-1 draw.

The Blades comfortably beat strugglers Fleetwood 3-0 in midweek, meaning United have now netted 25 times this term – the fourth highest total in the division.

League One Matches:
Sheff Utd v Millwall (12:45)
Gillingham v Southend
Swindon v Coventry
Blackpool v Crewe
Shrewsbury v Bury
Barnsley v Fleetwood
Bradford v Wigan
Burton v Port Vale
Chesterfield v Scunthorpe
Colchester v Walsall
Peterborough v Doncaster
Rochdale v Oldham

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