Chesterfield manager Danny Wilson has described Ched Evans' acquittal as "good news" for the club.
In a retrial, Evans was found not guilty on Friday of raping a woman in a Premier Inn near Rhyl, north Wales, in May 2011.
His original conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal in April. The 27-year-old served half of the five-year sentence handed to him in 2012 and subsequently signed a one-year deal with Chesterfield in June.
Wilson was asked on Saturday about Evans and said "It's good news" for Chesterfield but would not answer further questions about the striker.
Evans has scored four goals in seven League One appearances for Wilson's side this season but has not played since September 10.
The club said Evans is still recovering from a foot injury. He was therefore not in the squad and did not attend as Chesterfield were beaten 1-0 by Southend at Roots Hall on Saturday.
Adam Thompson's 29th-minute strike was enough to seal all three points for the Shrimpers and consign Chesterfield to a third consecutive defeat.
Thompson capitalised after a scrap in the penalty area saw the ball land kindly at his feet and he shot home from 10 yards for his first goal of the season.
"It's a set-play, its been recycled and kept in the box and they got a lucky break to the centre-half who put his foot through it," Wilson said.
"It was a scruffy goal and I'm disappointed we didn't react as well as they did."
Chesterfield drop to 21st in the table and are now without a win in five matches ahead of Tuesday's home game against Fleetwood.
"We've got a lot to work on," Wilson said. "Defensively we've been okay but on the attacking side we didn't have that cutting edge.
"There will be a lot of harsh words spoken between now and Tuesday because our flair players didn't turn up today."
Victory pushes Southend up to 19th and means they have now won five of their last six fixtures at home.
Phil Brown's men endured a nervous finish to the match but could have been more comfortable had Nile Ranger and Simon Cox shown more precision in front of goal.
They visit second-placed Bradford on Tuesday.
"We've got that clean sheet mentality back and it gives us the confidence to go to places like Bradford and pick up a result," Brown said.
"That little bit of magic and that little bit of quality when we had possession today, it's a recipe for success."
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