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Straker eyes victory on Shots return

15 April 2013

Defender looking forward to making his first return to former club Aldershot

Anthony Straker is looking to get one over on his former Club on Tuesday night, but hopes they can remain in the Football League come the end of the season.

The defender spent five years at Aldershot Town making over 200 appearances for the club, but moved to Blues in the summer and has thoroughly enjoyed his time at Roots Hall this season.

Anthony though is expecting a tough test against his former club as they fight for their lives to remain in League 2 next season.

He said: “I am surprised at where they are in the table at the moment to be honest with you.

“They’ve got some really good players with lots of ability but maybe over the course of the season they just haven’t had the luck you need sometimes.

“Obviously I want to see them stay in the Football League because I still have a lot of time for the Club.

“But on Tuesday my only focus is picking up three points with Southend and building on our performance from Saturday.

“It’ll be weird going there as an away player and going in the away dressing room, it’s the first game you look out for when you sign for someone else.

“Sometimes you just feel you need a new challenge and that’s exactly how I felt as the end of last season. I’ve really enjoyed being at Southend and I wouldn’t change it for anything.”

Straker was at left back again on Saturday for the visit of Bristol Rovers and was pleased with how the team and he played.

He added: “I think we were just a bit unlucky but we showed we can cause good teams problems.

“We need to be doing that week in week out now so the main aim is to take the form we showed on Saturday into the game against Aldershot.

“It was good to be at left-back again and playing in my natural position. I was encouraged to do the things I like to do and that was a big help.

“Hopefully I’ve done enough to stay in the side for the game against Aldershot because it’s one I am really looking forward to.”

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