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Phillips eyes double over former club

3 January 2013

Defender, once of Brentford, is desperate to be back in action on Saturday

Mark Phillips is hopeful he has done enough to earn a recall to face former club Brentford in the FA Cup third round on Saturday.

The defender, who picked up a knock during Blues’ unbeaten run, has been among the substitutes since his return, but is desperate to be back among the starting XI at Roots Hall this weekend.

Mark said: “I’d absolutely love to be back in the side this weekend to face my former club, of whom I have nothing but happy memories.

“I wasn't involved when we played them earlier this season, but it’s always special playing against an old club so I would love to be involved.”

And Mark believes Blues can take confidence from their 2-1 win in the Johnstone’s Paint Southern Area quarter-final last month.

He added: “Yes they may not have been at full strength but we’ve proved against them and Bury that we can match the teams in League 1. We've beaten them once, so it would be great to do the double.

“We’re under no illusions that it’s going to be a difficult game but we’ll go into it full of confidence.”

Brentford themselves have been in excellent form of late, with just one defeat in their last 16. That was of course the game here at Roots Hall, and after Blues saw their unbeaten run come to an end recently, Mark is hopeful they can stop Brentford in their tracks.

“They are a very good side with some excellent players so they will be difficult to stop, we will go into the game as underdogs,” he said.

“But we want to start a new unbeaten run and there’s no better way of doing that than in the FA Cup third round against a side who are in seriously good form in the division above us.

“The lads have all been working hard, we all hate losing football matches and we’re desperate to put that right on Saturday. I’d love to be a part of that.” 

An interview with Mark will be on Blues Player today.

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