DANIEL Webb has told Chesterfield not to take anything for granted at Southend United this weekend.

The Shrimpers go into Saturday’s game at Roots Hall short of options.

But Webb, the Spireites assistant manager, is certain Blues will still be tough to beat.

“Southend’s starting 11 is very strong,” Webb told Chesterfield’s YouTube channel.

“Without the points deduction they would be up in the play-offs so they’re a good team.

“I’m sure Kevin (Maher) would want more players but that’s sadly the situation they’re in.

“We’ve highlighted their threats to the team this morning and they’re a good outfit.

“They certainly won’t be down the bottom towards the end of the season.”

Webb is the son for legendary former Blues boss David and also played for the Shrimpers during his own career.

And the former Southend High School pupil is fully aware of the issues facing his home-town club.

“It’s not my place to say but I think Southend’s problems are deeper than the international call ups,” said Webb.

“They’ve had a lot of issues, off the field especially.

“It looks like they’re coming out of it but all our focus is on us.”

However, Webb does still have plenty of affection for Blues.

“There’s a soft spot for the place I grew up and my dad was very successful there but that sympathy sadly goes out of the window on Saturday like it would if it was the other way round,” said Webb.

“Kev has done a really good job there and they’ll be looking to get in the play-offs.

“But this isn’t a wounded animal we’re playing, this is a very good football team.

“They play a formation that suits them and it’s nailed on.

“They’re organised and know what they’re doing.

“They’ve got some good creative players as well some destroyers who can break up play and know the league inside out.

“They’re good at the back and got a goalscorer so they’re a force to be reckoned with and they won’t fear us .”