The boss aiming to reach Wembley with Blues once again in the JPT, but knows Crawley will be tough.
Southend United manager Phil Brown is looking forward to starting another run in the JPT which will hopefully end at Wembley Stadium.
One of the Blues boss' first games in charge of the club was against Crewe Alexandra in the final of the competition in 2013, with this year's run beginning at Crawley Town tonight.
“You don't want to look too far away from the league, you never do,” Brown said.
“However, there will be players who play in the game who haven't had a chance in the last few games.
“It's an opportunity for them and for us to have a look at them. The rules and regulations say I have to play either six from the game against Burton Albion or six that will play against Port Vale on Saturday.
“Some of those playing will have dusted themselves down from the defeat against Burton but they'll be ready for the game, that's for certain.”
And Brown's keen for a repeat for the Blues in terms of reaching the final, but isn't underestimating a Crawley side who could play two ex-Southend forwards in the form of Lee Barnard and Matt Harrold.
“I think the game against Crewe was the third in charge. I remember it well and it was a great day for the supporters, despite the result.
“The aim is to do similar this season, but it's not going to be easy.”