Phil Brown wants Blues to start a run in the FA Cup, starting against Chester
Southend United manager Phil Brown was in good spirits ahead of Blues first FA Cup game of the season, against Chester at Roots Hall on Saturday.
Chester, who currently sit in mid-table in the Conference Premier, will take on Blues, with the winner getting through to the next round, and Brown is not underestimating Steve Burr’s side.
“Chester will prove to be tough opponents, of course,” the Gaffer said.
“They will be up for it. They disposed of Stockport County quite comfortably in the last round. We know what they’re about though. We had them watched against Eastleigh on Saturday.
“They’ll be missing a couple of players through suspension but they’ll be giving their all to get through to the next round, as we will too.”
However, Brown has confidence in his players ahead of the clash, following a great win at Mansfield Town on Saturday.
Although the boss is disappointed at the news that Elliot Lee’s injury means his switch to Southend has come to an end through an injury picked up last week.
“We’re in good form, training this week has gone well and the injuries are really clearing up now, which is a big plus for us.
“Unfortunately, Elliot Lee has returned to West Ham. He’ll be out for between ten to 12 weeks because of his hamstring injury and the loan deal with West Ham has now been cancelled.
“We’ll go with what we have though. We go into the game on the back of a good win against Mansfield Town and that gives us a good boost.”