Brown expecting tough game...
Blues manager Phil Brown comes up against the club he spent 15 years at on Saturday, six as a player and then as assistant manager under Sam Allardyce.
It is also the fixture he made his debut for the Trotters in 1988, which ended in a 2-0 win for Blues.
But now in the dugout as Southend manager, Brown is looking forward to the occasion and anticipates a tough game against the side third in Sky Bet League One.
"I witnessed a good [Bolton] performance at Palace on Tuesday night," he said.
"It was a good game from a League One manager's point of view because I think they gave Palace the fright of their lives.
"Sam had to bring off the bench millions of pounds worth international talent to beat Bolton so it's going to be a really tough game.
"Phil Parkinson sets his teams out dogged, determined, they've got structure and they've got quality as well.
"When [Gary] Madine's on his game, our two centre halves have to be. But if you look at the last 15 games apart from the Sheffield United game, I think we've got six or seven clean sheets and 30 points.
"I was looking forward to the Sheffield United game and we didn't turn up, then we get a last minute winner against Rochdale, so the lads are back on it."
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