Blues boss Phil Brown is looking forward to doing battle against an old team-mate when Micky Mellon brings his Shrewsbury Town side to Roots Hall on Saturday.
Brown was with Mellon when the duo were at Blackpool together and the Southend United manager believes is will be another tough game against a side who find themselves – like Blues – in the play-offs.
“Life’s good at the moment for both sides, as we’ve both been in good form. In the cup, Shrewsbury have got themselves a terrific draw against Chelsea having beaten Norwich on Tuesday night.
“I watched their game in midweek and it’s fair to say that Micky’s side plays exactly the same way Micky did when he was a player.
“When I played with Micky at Blackpool, he used to be the man that would come and collect the ball from a full back – me – and play football. He liked to play the right way with the ball on the ground and his team play that way.
“They have a group that is full of confidence at the moment, but they might be taking one eye off the league thanks to their cup exploits."
But Brown is confident that his side can continue their own great form having won the last three games – against Portsmouth, Cheltenham Town and York City.
“We’re on a high ourselves because of our good spell recently. It should be a fantastic game between two sides who have high hopes for this season
“The squad is looking strong and we have a few players on their way back from injury.
“I’ll be wearing my lucky shirt again. I got it in town, it was 75% off and I’ve worn it against Portsmouth and we won and ever since I’ve worn it we’ve continued winning. It’s been washed in between times! Let’s hope the run continues!”