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Phil Brown: Wycombe will be formidable opponents on Saturday

21 May 2015

Boss expecting another tricky tie, but backs his players.

Southend United manager Phil Brown is looking forward to managing at Wembley for the third time in his career but insists Wycombe Wanderers will be 'formidable opposition'.

The Chairboys have been stern tests when Blues have done battle with them this season, and Brown is keen to make it third time lucky against them at the home of English football on Saturday.

“We played Wycombe Wanderers twice this season and they're a decent side. They'll be a formidable opposition on Saturday, that's for sure,” Brown said on Thursday.

“The scars of Stevenage and the 94th minute penalty missed made it exciting. It's nice to be involved in situations like that as long as you come through the other side.

“Stevenage is gone now and we look forward to Saturday at Wembley. The stakes are high and may the best team win.

“Quite simply there's formations and selections to play with. Gareth's said all season about the small squad he has and they've done very well.”

So with it being a big occasion for the Club, will the boss tinker with the side or have any injury worries ahead of the clash – the final match of the 2014-15 campaign

“90% of the team has been selected over the 48 games this season. The consistency level has been first class. With the 49th game of the season, I know my best team,” he said.

“Apart from Adam Thompson – who's out with a dislocated shoulder - every member of the squad is on the training pitch today, so I have some fantastic options.

“It's a big game and I think the disappointing part from the media is about my time at Hull City. There's only one game I'm interested in this weekend and that's Southend United vs. Wycombe Wanderers.”

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