MICHAEL Timlin feels tonight’s Carabao Cup clash is important for both of his former teams.

Southend United and Stevenage have been beaten in their first two fixtures of the new season.

And Timlin is certain that makes this evening’s match even more crucial.

“It’s an important game for both teams,” said the 34-year-old.

“Of course it’s still early in the season but you don’t want the wait for that first win to continue.

“Whether it’s in the cup or the League you just want to get that victory and both teams will be thinking that way tonight.

“It will be an interesting game.”

Timlin made 262 appearances during a seven-year spell with Southend before spending last season with Stevenage.

But he still holds both clubs in high regard.

“Everyone knows my affiliation with Southend and, living in the area, I really have grown to the club,” said Timlin.

“I always want them to do well and I was so happy when they stayed up on the final day of the season.

“I would like them to do well this season and get the result tonight but I do still have a lot of good friends at Stevenage.

“It’s a really good club with good fans and it could go higher if things can really get going.

“We finished last season really well and only missed out on the play-offs on the final day so maybe the expectation levels are higher there this year.”

Timlin opted to leave Stevenage at the end of last season.

And he is still mulling over his next move.

“It was my decision to move on from Stevenage for a few reasons,” said Timlin.

“I’ve had some offers but my departure from Southend came as a surprise that summer and I think I maybe rushed into things so I’m taking my time this year.

“Above all else I want to go somewhere where I can enjoy my football.

“I don’t mind if it’s League One, League Two, the National League or lower really. I just want to play and go to a club where I can enjoy it and I can play my part.”

Timlin is also keen to work his way into coaching.

But he is still hungry to play.

“People can look at my age but I can play for a few more years yet and I proved that last season by playing more than 40 games,” said Timlin.

“Yes, I’m interested in coaching but I’m still so hungry to play.

“I’m good friends with the manager at Dulwich Hamlet so I’m training there to stay in shape and hopefully I can sort something out by the end of the month.”