Anthony Straker delighted to grab his third FA Cup goal of the season
Anthony Straker just wants the goals to keep coming after helping fire Southend United into the next round of the FA Cup.
Straker headed home from Kevan Hurst’s cross to get his fifth goal of the season, and his third in the FA Cup so far this campaign.
It’s clear to see Straker is enjoying a new-found confidence on the left-hand side of a front three, typified by his solo run to set up Blues’ third goal.
The midfielder is just keen to keep things going. He said; “It was a great win at Chesterfield, and there’s a lot of belief in the squad.
“The first half was one of our best 45 minutes of the season, we scored two good goals and attacked well against a very good side.
“Even the early goal didn’t really dent our confidence at all as we went straight up the other end pretty much and got in front.
“Once you’re in front it is important to defend the lead well and we did just that, especially in the second-half.
“I can’t really remember them having too many clear cut chances before we got the third goal.
“Barry (Corr) missed a penalty, but you back him every time so it wasn’t a massive set back for us really.
“We just kept going and eventually we got that third goal – it was a great finish from Hursty.
“I’m just delighted to be able to chip in with some goals. I can’t remember getting too many headers in my career.
“It was a great cross for Kevan, we all know he can provide that sort of delivery, but to see it go in was great.”
Asked about his solo run for the third goal, Straker admits he hasn’t tried that piece of skill in the past.
He said: “I was up against the man and just decided to chip it over him, I didn’t really think about it.
“It’s not something I’ve tried a lot of times in training or anything like that. I was just pleased it led to the goal that killed the game off.
“We are all looking forward to the draw. I’ve had a few cup runs and drawn some big clubs in the past and it’d be great for that to happen again.”