Blues Boss previews ShrewsburySouthend United Manager Phil Brown is eyeing another thorough performance from his group against Shrewsbury Town, with the opportunity to make a statement of intent to the rest of the league.
The Blues travel to Greenhous Meadow tomorrow night knowing a win will see them go level on points with sixth placed Millwall.
With the small matter of an Essex derby at the weekend, Brown highlights the importance of a positive display against the Shrews, in the midst of an important week for his side.
“I think this is a massive week for us.” He said.
“We play Shrewsbury on a night when not a lot of teams around us will be playing, so there’s an opportunity to put a marker down.
“Then we’ve got the derby match on Saturday at Roots Hall, which with a good performance tomorrow night, I’m fully expecting a full-house for that game.”
Southend come up against a Shrewsbury side that enjoyed cup success on Saturday, seeing off Championship outfit, Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 at home in the FA cup.
That result saw them gifted with a dream tie, hosting Manchester United in the next round.
Brown believes that that game will act of as an incentive to Micky Mellon’s team, who have otherwise endured indifferent form domestically this season.
“There’s lots of motivations for the players to be in that team for Manchester United, and one of them is form, and the other is winning games.” He added.
“They’re not in a rich vein of form at the Greenhous Meadow, but for some reason they’re winning cup games.
“Micky will be trying to motivate them by using the Manchester United carrot, but we’ve got to focus on the league.”
Shrewsbury go in to the game, currently sitting at the bottom end of the League One standings.
Though Brown believes Shrewsbury, who were promoted alongside the Blues last May, still possess some real quality amongst their ranks.
“He’s got Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Andy Mangan up-front and it has to be said, they absolutely terrorised Sheffield Wednesday defence on Saturday.
“So they’re still a threat at this level, there’s no doubts about that.
“We’ll have to be prepared, we’ll be on our metal and I want to bring that confidence we showed at the Coventry game in to this one.”