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Brown: Players will rise to occasion

3 January 2014

Phil Brown gives his thoughts ahead of Southend United's FA Cup third round tie with Millwall

Phil Brown expects his players to rise to the challenge when they take on Championship side Millwall in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Blues have beaten Morecambe and Chesterfield, both away from home, so far in the competition, and Brown believes they were two of Blues’ best performances this season.

The boss says a performance similar to those will be required if they are to cause a cup shock against the Lions in front of a bumper crowd at Roots Hall.

Brown said: “I think Morecambe and Chesterfield were two of our best performances. We scored three goals in both games and really never gave the opposition a chance.

“We’ll need more of the same against Millwall because they are a side full of quality, but struggling for form in the Championship at the moment.

“I believe that if we win our personal battles across the pitch and play with the same hunger and desire as we have done in recent weeks, we will win the game.

“There should be a fantastic atmosphere at Roots Hall. It’s some what of a local derby, and I know Millwall have sold their full allocation, so hopefully Southend fans can turn out in force too.”

The manager admits changes may need to be made following three games in six days in the league, but says there won’t be too many.

He added: “When you’re in a good run of form you don’t want to make changes too often because the players are performing well and keeping hold of their shirt.

“That’s been the mantra for all of the squad so far this season – if you’re performing well, the shirt is yours, and they’ve been doing that in the last few games.

“But it has been a testing time, thankfully we’ve been in good form and the confidence that brings can sometimes drive players through games without feeling fatigue.

“There could well be one or two changes made on Saturday, but it won’t be to the detriment of the side, because this is a chance for us to cause an upset against Championship opposition.”

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