SOUTHEND United midfielder Kevan Hurst is hoping to prove Brentford manager Uwe Rosler wrong in tomorrow’s FA Cup third round tie at Roots Hall.
Hurst bagged a screaming long range shot against the Bees in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy last month which Rosler instantly claimed he would never repeat during the rest of the career.
However, Hurst disagrees and would love to net another impressive shot from distance this weekend.
“I heard what their manager had to say after we played them before so it would be great if I could score a shot from long range again tomorrow,” said Hurst, 27.
“I’ve already proved him wrong to be honest and I put that on Twitter after scored from outside the penalty area against Dagenham & Redbridge on Boxing Day.
“I almost did it again against Gillingham the other day, only for the keeper to pull off a great save.
“But it would certainly be nice to score tomorrow and, if I do, I think I might have to go and celebrate in front of their manager.”
Blues go in to the game on the back of two successive defeats after being beaten by both Burton Albion and Gillingham.
In contrast Brentford, who are fourth in League One, have lost just once in their last 16 games.
That defeat came at Roots Hall in December.
And that has given Hurst added confidence for tomorrow’s re-match.
“We’ve beaten them once so we can beat them again,” said Hurst.
“Brentford are a very good team and when we did beat them last time they did field a bit of a weakened side.
“There were a few of their players who weren’t involved but we’ve beaten some good teams already this season and if we can play like we can then we all feel we can beat another one tomorrow.”
>THE draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup will be made at 3.30pm on Sunday, live on ITV1.
Blues will be ball number 30 if they make it past Brentford.