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“We’re facing a team in unbelievable form" - Brown

7 September 2017

Phil Brown says Southend will respect Charlton, but intend on upsetting one of the league’s early pace-setters this weekend.

Blues have steadied the ship with three draws since defeat at Rotherham.

And Brown said they will play without fear against one of the favourites for promotion this weekend at The Valley.

“We’re facing a team in unbelievable form, a team at the top end of the table which is a great challenge for us,” he said.

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“They’re one of the early season favourites to get promoted, if not the title, and a big club in the third tier of English football.

“Last year springs to mind that we had our trials and tribulations over the course of the game [at The Valley]; I think John White came off during the course of the game and a player who is in unbelievable form for Newport managed to miss from six inches to get us a point which would have got us into the play-offs, if you want to go that way.

“There’s nothing to fear. I think it’s something to look forward to, going to the bigger clubs and probably to a full stadium I would imagine.

“But I just want my best team available to me.

“And that would probably include the likes of Jason Demetriou, John White, Anton Ferdinand, Anthony Wordsworth, Rob Kiernan - I could keep on going and going.

“The positives are Nile Ranger has come through a full week of training and he’s put his hat in the ring for Saturday.”

Brown heaped praise on way Karl Robinson gets his team to play and believes they will have to be at their best to get something from the game.

“They play in a very similar way to what he was trying to achieve at MK Dons,” Brown added.

“Being the straw that broke the camel’s back when we beat them 3-0, Karl will have a point to prove in his head.

“They play pure football and have a boy coming back from international duty off the back of a 2-0 vicotry over the Czech Republic in Josh Magennis, so he’ll be flying.

“It’s about stemming the tide first because their confidence will be flying so we’ll go there and respect them but with a game plan to get at them as well.”

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