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Phil Brown: Boss expecting tough test against strong Wycombe Wanderers side

5 March 2015

Boss praises Gareth Ainsworth and says the Chairboys have a 'tasty' side.

Southend United manager Phil Brown is expecting a tricky tie when Wycombe Wanderers travel to Roots Hall for a top of the table clash.

Wanderers will be smarting from defeating Blues 4-1 at Adams Park in December, where Jerome Binnom-Williams was sent off, and Brown is under no illusions with regards to the task his side face at Roots Hall on Saturday.

“It's a big game for both teams,” the boss said.

“Gareth [Ainsworth] has done a great job this season. They survived on the last day of last season. They decided to reinvest in the squad in the summer and Gareth has gone about assembling a very tasty squad which has really pulled up trees this season so far.

“We will bring our best game to the table and I think it will be a great encounter between two sides who play good football. It bodes for a good spectacle and hopefully a positive result.

“They're very good on the road, first class. They travel well and do play open and expansive football. Like I say, it should be a good one.

“We owe them one. Circumstances went against us on the day. The captain didn't start that day, Jerome Binnom-Williams was sent off as well. It was a bad day at the office.

“If we get the clean sheet on Saturday then fingers crossed we can get the other end of the pitch right. Barry Corr, Joe Pigott and Jake Cassidy are a threat to teams.”

And there's good news for Brown and Blues fans, with Dan Bentley on the road to recovery following a niggling groin injury.

Ted Smith has kept two consecutive clean sheets in Bentley's absence, and Brown says he'll have a 'decision to make'.

“Dan trained today and will do the same tomorrow. He's been under the guidance of the physio and I'll have a decision to make with regards to the goalkeeping situation.”

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