Southend United face Peterborough in the second round of the Checkatrade Trophy, a game that Phil Brown believes is just as important as any other cup match…
The second round of the Checkatrade Trophy brings club’s one step closer to the final at Wembley, and with Blues in their last cup competition it’s one Brown doesn’t want to miss out on.
“The Checkatrade Trophy is a competition that brings finances into the club regardless of what people think.
“Yes, the FA Cup and the League Cup are better payers, but it brings in much-needed finances that we can use in the January window.
“We are three or four steps away from Wembley and for me, it’s a game we need to go into strong and try and win the game.
Places in the team are hard to come by and tomorrow night could bring opportunities for players to prove their worth to the manager.
“Timlin will come into the fray, probably as a centre half this time, but then Wordsworth needs a game aswell.
“Michael Turner has now played five games and he was one of several players on Saturday that could have qualified for a man of the match award.
“He is colossus in defence and I think that comes down to him being aided by his captain.
“One of the main reasons why I stuck with Anton, having come under a lot of criticism, is because of the voice of Anton, the experience he brings and the stature that both himself and Turner bring to the table, and in my eyes that makes them a partnership.