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Brown: Time to settle that score

8 November 2013

Phil Brown desperate to finally get a win for Blues against Morecambe this weekend in the FA Cup

Phil Brown says Blues can settle their score with Morecambe on Saturday in the first round of the FA Cup.

Brown has come up against Morecambe twice as Blues boss and on both occasions has been on the end of a defeat.

It’s also now seven games without a win against Morecambe, with just one draw coming in that time.

But Brown believes his side are more than capable of beating the Shrimps at the Globe Arena on Saturday and finally picking up a win against Jim Bentley’s side.

He said: “We have a score to settle, that’s for sure, but I believe we’re more than capable of doing that on Saturday at their place.

“I’ve come up against Jim twice since taking over at Southend United and he’s been victorious on both occasions, so I’d like to get a win this time around.

“The players put in a terrific performance against Mansfield Town that showed what we’re all about and we’ll need more of that against Morecambe on Saturday.

“We saw earlier in the season that it is maybe two different styles of football going up against each other.

“The most important thing however is that we win the battle and then try to play the football we’ve been playing all season.

“It’ll more than likely be blowing a gale up there on Saturday so we’ll have to deal with the conditions if we are to come out on top.”

Brown is also considering whether to give Marc Laird his first start since August against Northampton Town, having come through 70 minutes in a friendly game this week.

He said: “Marc dictated the play in a friendly game we had this week and showed us he is physically fit.

“The question now is whether he is ready to start a game. It’s a decision we’ll have to make over the next two days, but it’s great to have him back involved.

“There’s a few options for us now which is what I want as a manager. Ryan Leonard did well at right-back, John White did well at centre back, Michael Timlin did well in midfield and Anthony Straker was excellent against Mansfield.

“Whatever team that goes out there on Saturday will have to be at their best if we’re progress to the next round of the competition.

“The FA Cup is a special competition and we want to do as well as we possibly can. A run in the cup is what every League 2 side wants.”

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