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Barker a happy man after recall

10 September 2012

Captain Chris Barker was a happy man after Southend United’s 3-1 win against Dagenham and Redbridge in Saturday.

Barker made his first start in four matches, having been on the bench previously for Paul Sturrock’ side.

And he was therefore delighted to be back in action against the Daggers.

“I’ve been disappointed at not playing and have had to wait a few weeks to get another opportunity so it was pleasing to be involved again,” Barker told the official website.

“Being back at left-back was like a return to the golden days for me but I enjoyed it and, most of all, it was great to get the three points.

“That made it a very good week with three wins in a row and hopefully I can stay in the side to try and help keep the run going.”

Barker was recalled to the starting line-up in place of defender Luke Prosser.

Prosser picked up a calf problem in training before Saturday’s 3-1 victory with the 32-year-old being given the nod ahead of Anthony Straker.

And the former Plymouth defender felt Southend were good for the win.

“It was a good three points and I felt we deserve it too,” said Barker.

“We got a bit sloppy in stages but it was roasting out there and the main thing was we were able to come out on top.”

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