Date: 12th December 2015 at 7:25am
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Something like that anyway!

Phil Parkinson has previous with Phil Brown as he prepares to go toe to toe with him this weekend.

Brown brings his Southend side to Valley Parade this afternoon with Parkinson prepared for a difficult game as he knows what the Shrimpers are capable of having watched them against Millwall in midweek.

With them (like the Bantams) pushing for a play-off place it’ll make it all the more difficult, Parkinson told the Official Website.

‘Southend are a good side. Phil enjoyed good success with them last season getting them up through the Play-Offs, and they have taken to League 1 as well.

‘They are a hard-working and well-organised side who have had some good recent results on their travels.’

As mentioned he worked with Brown (at Hull) previously, so knows him well but also knows from him bringing Southend up from League 2 last season (and just how little there’s between the sides in the League 1 table this season) they’ll be a ‘dangerous opponents.’

‘You just have to look at the table to see how closely matched a lot of teams are and how competitive Saturday’s game should be.

‘I have worked with Phil before at Hull City and Steve (Parkin) has worked with him and Brian Horton during a different spell at Hull as well. We know them well and we know they will be dangerous opponents.’

Southend were beaten two-nil by Millwall on Tuesday when he saw them at Roots Hall in the JPT (area) semi final so that ended their involvement in that competition.

The boss finished by saying he knows they’ll be disappointed by that exit so it could give them extra motivation.

‘Phil will be bitterly disappointed to have gone out in midweek in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, especially being so close to a trip to Wembley, but they have been picking up some good results in the league recently.’


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