Midfielder desperate to get to Wembley for a second time
Michael Timlin has got his sights set.
He wants to be back at Wembley for the second time in his career – and experience much happier memories this time around.
On his only visit to the famous stadium, Michael was an unused substitute as Swindon lost to Millwall in the play-off final.
Now though, with Blues just three games away from a trip to Wembley, Michael is determined to beat Oxford in the area semi-final at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday evening to set up a two-legged tie with either Yeovil Town or Leyton Orient in the area final.
Speaking to Blues Player ahead of the game, Michael said: “It’s a massive game and a massive chance for Southend United.
“It’s a chance to play at Wembley and as players, very few actually get to play there.
“I’ve got there myself when I was at Swindon but I never played as I was on the bench, so I don’t actually see it as though I’ve achieved it.
“I want to get back there, and so do the rest of the lads. But we know Oxford are going to be tough opposition.
“We lost there once already this season and they’ve been in good form of late, but we will go there confident after Saturday’s comeback against Brentford.”
The Johnstone’s Paint Trophy is not the only route to Wembley. Blues remain in the FA Cup and while a final visit might be out of reach, there is now the possibility of facing Champions League winners Chelsea in the fourth-round.
Timlin was delighted with the draw but says it must be put to the back of their minds ahead of a tricky run of away matches.
“I think it’s just what both sides needed and the replay (against Brentford, will now be massive. It’s a huge incentive,” he said.
“But we can’t think about that at the moment. We’ve got a massive game against Oxford first, then a huge game against Exeter in League 2 and then of course we have to beat Brentford at their place.
“We have done well against them twice this year so we will go there confident but their home form speaks for itself.
“We’ve got some huge matches coming up that could well shape how our season goes, so it’s a really crucial time.”
An exclusive interview with Michael is available on Blues Player.