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Coker: Patience the key on Friday night

31 October 2013

Ben Coker says Blues will have to be patient against Mansfield, who boast one of the best defensive records in League 2

Ben Coker says patience will be key against Mansfield Town at Roots Hall on Friday night.

Mansfield currently have the joint-best defensive record in League 2 having conceded just 12 goals from their opening 14 games.

But Coker, who found the back of the net for the second time this season against Newport last weekend, says he believes if Blues playing their passing football they can get a positive result against the Stags.

He said: “I think Mansfield will have a similar level of confidence to Newport who did well against us last weekend at their place.

“But we’ll be at home this time around and I think Mansfield will come to set up well defensively, just as they’ve done all season.

“We’re going to have to accept that. Patience will be the key aspect of our game on Friday night.

“We need to pass the ball around well, keep them moving about the pitch, and hopefully we can break them down and get the three points.

“It’s been nice to not have a Tuesday game this week because we had three last week and played for 60 minutes with ten-men in our last home game.

“The lads are still full of confidence. We’ve drawn a line under the Newport County performance and we all want to bounce back with a good one on Friday night.”

Coker was pleased to hear manager Phil Brown’s comments about his arrival at the club in midweek, and wants to continue impressing not just the boss, but also the Blues fans.

He added: “I had quite a few people get in touch with me about the manager’s comments and it was really nice to hear them.

“He’s given me a lot of confidence since I came to the club and has really helped me to kick on with my career.

“Hopefully I can repay him and the fans who have been excellent with more good performances and a few more goals.”

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