Date: 8th December 2015 at 5:46pm
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Manager Neil Harris has said he’s expecting a tough and good game against his former side Southend United later this evening.

Speaking to the official site ahead of tonight’s 7.45pm Johnstone’s Paint Trophy kick off, Harris said that with FA Cup disappointment behind us, and with a two legged tie against either Oxford or Yeovil in the next stage, he wanted a reaction from the players.

‘It’s an opportunity to get through in an important Cup competition. Both teams have taken it very seriously and it is a game we certainly want to win. It’s a Cup that has been good to us this year so far, with three very good victories for different reasons. We’ve got as far as the Area Semi-Final, we’re going to have a good following and we want to give a good account of ourselves. It’s going to be a good battle; they work extremely hard as a team and we know their strengths. We are diligent to them but then we focus on ourselves, what we are good at and what we can be better at from Saturday.’

As for Morison, he described tonight’s clash as being ‘massive’ for both clubs and with it expected that almost 2000 fans will make the trip, he knew how important it was the players put in a performance.

‘It’s always nice having a game straight away so you can try and bounce back. Southend will make a fight of it like they did when we played them at home and we came out on the wrong end of the result that day. But we go there now, I think, as a better team than what we were then. We’ve got a couple of thousand fans going down so that will be great for us.’

With Wembley almost on the horizon, he went on to add that it was important we kept our focus and didn’t get carried away.

‘It’s a massive game for both teams because you’re then only a couple of matches away from Wembley. But you don’t want to look past the next game and that is what we’ve been doing all season. The next one is Southend so we are concentrating on that but when it is done we have Oldham. We’re not stupid; we know not to look too far ahead and not to get carried away, so all we are doing is concentrating on Tuesday’s game.’

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