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."
Tickets are still available for the game, and can be bought online, in person from the Roots Hall Ticket Office or by calling 08444 77 00 77.