Paul Sturrock is taking Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with Dagenham and Redbridge seriously.
Blues face a second round tie at Roots Hall tomorrow night against the Daggers.
And despite September’s 3-1 league win against John Still’s men, Sturrock knows his side will be in for a rough ride.
“I’ve said all along we want to do well in this competition,” Sturrock told the official website.
“We beat Dagenham last month in the league but to be honest the scoreline flattered us on that occasion.
“They had a man sent off but could easily have won the game given the amount of chances they had.
“That’s something we need to be better at this time as they scored four on Saturday against Bradford.”
Blues will once again be without banned pair John Spicer and Barry Corr who serve their second and third matches of their three game suspensions respectively.
Neil Harris (knee), Mark Phillips (groin) and Ryan Leonard (hamstring) are also unavailable.
And Sturrock admits the constant stream of games since the start of the season has made recovery time hard to come by.
“Rest is hard at the moment with the Saturday/Tuesday/Saturday run of matches,” he said.
“Having to chop and change the team as well with injuries and suspensions is not helping our rhythm either.
“But this is an important competition for me and so we will be trying our hardest to get through to the next round.”
Ticket prices for this match have been slashed to get £5 for adults and £2 for concessions. Prices rise to £7 and £3 respectively on matchday. Please note only the ebm-papst East Stand and Paul Robinson Solicitors West Stand are open for this match.
To purchase your ticket call the Blues Box Office on 08444 770077 or visit Roots Hall in person.