Phil Brown: ‘The players are playing with a lot of confidence, we are on the front foot’ - Millwall v Southend United (Saturday 3pm) - Preview

By Brian Jeeves in Football

By Brian Jeeves

SOUTHEND United manager, Phil Brown, believes his in-form side are a match for anyone at the moment.

Speaking ahead of the Blues mouthwatering Sky Bet League One trip to fellow play-off contenders, Millwall, Brown said: “It’s always nice to be in a rich vein of form. One defeat in seventeen against Sheffield United and that was where I don’t think we really turned up. If we turn up on Saturday we will give anyone a game.

“We are going to Millwall, the Den. Something always happens whether it be at our place or their place. It’s always a feisty game and that’s to be expected against Millwall. I don’t know why, but it’s a game of incidents.

“In the Millwall game, I don’t know what it is. I think players sometimes build themselves up for theses games, both the Millwall squad and ours. But I think that on the day it’s just another game and we’ve got to prepare for it like it’s just another game. It’s difficult to do that though because we are local rivals and there are bragging rights.”

The Blues chief was still reeling from his sides Emirates FA Cup first round exit at the hands of the Lions back in early November, adding: “It’s like a thorn in my side when you say one defeat in seventeen, but one defeat was against Millwall in the cup. We should have won that game, quite simply.

“If Chopper (Neil Harris) is an honest man, which I know he is. If he looks back at that game he knows we should have won that game two or three nil. But we ended up losing it 1-0. That kind of luck I can do without on Saturday, but that kind of quality and the type of football we played that day, I’d certainly welcome that on board, then I’ll take whatever comes.

Nevertheless, Brown was delighted with the football his side were producing, saying: “The players are playing with a lot of confidence, we are on the front foot. We are creating chances and playing to the striker’s strengths. Marc-Antoine Fortune has kept his place in the team and now he’s got goals. His hold-up play has been outstanding and he’s on the same wavelength as Simon Cox. That for me is music to my ears.”

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