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Brown: A good early test for ourselves

17 June 2014

Blues' boss says his side can progress if they match the performance put in against Yeovil Town at the same stage last season...

Southend United manager Phil Brown believes the Capital One Cup draw will provide his side with an excellent test, when League 1 side Walsall visit Roots Hall.

Last season, Blues were narrowly beaten by Championship side Yeovil Town, but will be hoping to progress against The Saddlers.

Blues’ boss believes a performance similar to the one against The Glovers last season could see his side go on an early Cup run.

He said: “I remember the Yeovil game very well last season. They only had one shot on target throughout the game and it went in.

“We played well but just couldn’t find a way back into the game. If we can reach those levels again against Walsall then we’ll have a good chance of winning the game.

“It is another good challenge for us against a side from a higher division. If we have a similar pre-season to the one we did last year, we’ll have every chance.

“It’s an opportunity to go on a good Cup run and build up some confidence in the squad very early on in the season, so it’s a game we’ll be desperate to win.

“They are a good footballing side. I came up against them with Preston North End a couple of years ago and their philosophy won’t have changed.

“We know it will be a tough game against a good outfit, but we’ll be going into it with the belief, especially at home, we can win the game.”

Brown is also looking forward to finding out the rest of Blues’ fixtures early on Wednesday.

He added: “There’s always a buzz on the morning of fixture release knowing what is to come and where you’ll be going.

“I’m looking forward to it, and I’m looking forward to the new season getting underway.

“We’ll be back in soon and will have six weeks of pre-season to prepare for the opening day game, before we take on Walsall.

“Depending on fixtures, it could be our first home game of the campaign against Walsall, so it’d be great to have a good crowd at Roots Hall for the game."

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