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Coker: Mixed emotions on Saturday

23 September 2013

Ben delighted to get off the mark for Blues but gutted to be missing Friday's game against Bristol Rovers

Ben Coker says he is bitterly disappointed that he will miss Friday night’s game against Bristol Rovers following his red card at Bury on Saturday.

Coker scored his first goal in the Football League to give Blues the advantage before picking up a second yellow card late on that means he’ll miss one game.

The defender left Gigg Lane with mixed emotions, but says he’ll be working hard over the next two weeks to make sure he wins his place back after serving his ban.

He said: “I’m really enjoying my football at the moment, so it’s a shame that I’m going to miss the next game. 

“I was really disappointed with the second yellow card because the whistle blew as I tried to pass it to Strakes. That’s football unfortunately.

“I will just work hard in training this week and next and hopefully be back in the team for the next game.

“It was brilliant to get my first goal for the club, it’s my first in the Football League so I was buzzing. 

“I got one in the FA Cup but it was a great feeling when it hit the back of the net and to get off the mark for Southend.

“It was great to get my first goal but it was disappointing we didn’t hold on for the three points that I think we deserved.

“I’ve been practicing my free-kicks quite a bit and we’ve been working on set pieces. Hursty just said to me ‘this is a good angle for you to have a shot’ so I did and it went in.”

Coker was also pleased to be able to show an immediate response after his error against Scunthorpe in our last home game.

He added: “The goal was a great way to respond after the error against Scunthorpe. 

“It was one of those things but I will learn from it and will make sure it doesn’t happen again. The lads were great and rallied around me, which was really reassuring.

“The positive from Saturday is that we ended the losing run so now it’s all about going on an unbeaten run and I’m sure the lads can start that on Friday night against Bristol Rovers.”

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