From a dancing school child to a manager plotting victory for Southend United against his former club Hull City, Phil Brown can't wait for Saturday
Phil Brown admitted to dancing round the kitchen like school children with his wife and daughter when the draw for the fourth-round was made on January 5th.
Blues’ boss will come up against his former club Hull City for the first time since leaving the KC Stadium back in 2010, and it’s a game he’s been looking forward to since the draw was made.
Having seen his current team lose just one of their last 15 games, Brown is quietly confident Blues can cause an upset when the Tigers visit Roots Hall on Saturday.
He said: “When the draw was made, I was with my wife and daughter and we danced around the kitchen like school children.
“But suddenly it dawned on me that we had a Premier League team heading to Roots Hall for what should be a great FA Cup tie.
“This is what the competition is all about and I can’t wait for the game. We have been in excellent form in recent weeks and we want to keep that going.
“We are well aware that we’re the underdogs but if Hull City don’t turn up, and we perform as we have been doing, there’s a real chance to cause an upset.
“I’ve said at different stages throughout the season that we’ll have tests along the way to see how far we’ve come.
“We did well against Championship side Yeovil back in August, then knocked out Millwall in early January and now face a Premier League side.
“It’s the toughest test of them all but I can’t wait for the game. The players are up for it, I know the fans are up for it, and I’m sure Hull City will be up for it. May the best team win!”
Brown is confident his players will rise to the occasion and insists fear will not creep into his camp ahead of the big game in front of a sold out Roots Hall.
“These players have experienced big crowds at Roots Hall and on the road already this season,” he added.
“But even with the big crowd and a Premier League side coming to Roots Hall, I can’t see us playing with any fear.
“I’m sure the players will be fine. They were excellent against Millwall and have been since, so I’m sure they will step up to the plate on Saturday.
“If they do, who knows what could happen?"