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Phillips: We will relish the challenge

3 January 2014

Mark Phillips on facing his former club, going up against Neil Harris, and how important momentum could be

Mark Phillips says Blues will relish the challenge of trying to knock Championship opposition out of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Phillips goes up against former club Millwall, a club he joined at the age of 13 before leaving in 2008, looking to cause a shock in the famous cup competition.

And the defender believes Blues’ momentum can be a major factor in swinging the outcome of the game in their favour.

The 31-year-old defender said: “We’re going to relish the challenge of coming up against a Championship side.

“There are always a few shocks in FA Cup third round weekend and we hope we can be one of those on Saturday.

“Millwall aren’t having the best of times in the Championship but they’ve got some real quality players who can make a difference.

“We will have to be at our best if we’re going to stop them and progress, but we’re all full of confidence at the moment.

“The momentum is important at the moment because although we’ve had four games in such a short space of time, it really doesn’t feel like that.”

Having been at Millwall when they reached the FA Cup final and faced Manchester United back in 2004, Mark is keen to enjoy more cup success.

He added: “It was just amazing to be a part of the club when we had that FA Cup run. Unfortunately I was out with a long-term injury at the time.

“But having seen the positivity of that success, it’s always made me hungry to do as well as possible in the FA Cup.

“We had a good cup run last season which was great for this club, and it would be nice to create some FA Cup memories with Southend.”

Phillips is also looking forward to facing former teammate and good friend Neil Harris, who is now in temporary charge of the Lions.

“I congratulated Neil on his temporary appointment when it was announced, it’s great for his development as a coach,” Phillips added.

“Obviously I’ll be out to inflict a bit of misery on him when we come up against them this weekend, but he’s a good friend.

“He’s a Millwall legend and was a big player for us here when he came in, so it’ll be nice to catch up with him on Saturday.”

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