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MATCH PREVIEW | Boss previews Millwall Emirates FA Cup clash

3 November 2016

Phil Brown discusses cup tie at The Den...

Southend boss Phil Brown is going into Friday's trip at The Den hoping to continue the unbeaten run of four games.

Recent history tips in the favour of Blues with the 3-1 win at Roots Hall fresh in the mind.

Brown said that may impact on Millwall's approach but is focused solely on playing the game with the same level of intensity.

"I think it's important we do consider the game from a serious perspective," he said.

"A lot of people say the FA Cup is an opportunity to play young kids and the rest of the squad that haven't been playing.

"I don't think I've made many changes in the last four league games and it's one of them that consistency is key in terms of team selection.

"We're unbeaten in four games and I want to keep that run going so it's important that we play our strongest team.

"We know there's a little bit of an edge to the game because of the Southend Millwall rivalry and because the manager was a previous player here and they have a previous player in Dave Worrall. Adding to that, the spice of the game from when we played them at Roots Hall six or eight weeks ago.

"That spice resulted in us performing well on the day."

Blues may have Michael Timlin back in the squad which will be a big boost after his long injury lay-off.

"Chopper Harris was really hurting after the game at Roots Hall not long ago and he'll want to put that right", Brown added.

"Since that game they've won four and lost four and it seems to me he's playing a little bit more direct which has resulted in an all or nothing approach.

"It will be a case of who wants it most on the night. With a decent following and buoyed by the fact we've not lost in four, we'll be going for it as well."

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