SOUTHEND United manager Paul Sturrock has made three changes to his starting line-up for this afternoon's game against Barnet at Roots Hall.

Paul Smith, Anthony Straker and the fit again Gavin Tomlin have all been recalled to the side as Blues line up in a 4-3-1-2 formation.

Smith has replaced Bentley in goal while Straker comes in for David Martin in the midfield.

The final change sees Tomlin replace the suspended John Spicer.

He will partner Britt Assombalonga in attack with Freddy Eastwood playing just behind the front pairing.

Young midfielder Jack Paxman has also been named on the bench for the first time.

Southend United: Smith, Clohessy, Cresswell, Prosser, Barker, Timlin, Straker, Hurst, Eastwood, Tomlin, Assombalonga.

Subs: Bentley, Coughlan, Martin, Paxman, Benyon, Woodyard & Njie.