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Brown: What the FA Cup is all about

5 January 2014

Phil Brown on facing his former club Hull City in the fourth round of the FA Cup

Phil Brown says the draw against his former club Hull City in the fourth round is what the FA Cup is all about.

Blues will face Brown’s former club, who are now back in the Premier League, on the 25th/26th January.

And Blues’ boss is looking forward to coming up against his former club, but says the focus at present must be on the two upcoming league games.

He said: “You couldn’t write the script, it really is what the FA Cup is all about.

“I am looking forward to the game, but I won’t be thinking about it at all until the week before after we’ve played Plymouth Argyle and Chesterfield in the league.

“It’s a great draw for me personally coming up against Hull, but also for the players to test themselves against a Premier League side.

“We’ve beaten two teams from our division, two good teams, and then convincingly beaten a Championship side, so we deserve a crack at Hull.

“One of my ambitions when I arrived at Southend United was to fill the stadium and I think we can do that against Hull.

“Especially with the performance against Millwall and hopefully two good performances against Plymouth and Chesterfield.

“I know Steve Bruce very well, we get on, and he’s got a good team together, so it’ll be a cracking FA Cup tie.

“It’s also nice to have the draw at home. If we’re going to try and go further in this competition, I felt it was important we were at home.

“As I say, there’s two big games before then which the players need to focus on, but it’s a game we can all look forward to in the near future.”

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