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Coker: Lay down another marker on Saturday

29 April 2014

Left-back wants Blues to lay down another marker when Burton Albion visit Roots Hall

Defender Ben Coker says Southend United have another chance to lay down a marker ahead of the play-offs when Burton Albion visit Roots Hall on Saturday.

Coker believes did just that at Fleetwood Town last weekend, and wants more of the same against Gary Rowett’s side.

The left-back, who set up Barry Corr for the equaliser at Highbury Stadium, doesn’t think Blues will take their foot off the gas despite their play-off spot being assured.

He said: “We played well on Saturday. I thought we started the game brightly and responded well to going a goal behind.

“In the second-half they were on top for a little while but late on we got on top and probably should have got the three points.

“It put down a good marker, because we got the point we needed while Fleetwood were needing the win to keep their automatic hopes alive.

“I think if a couple of decisions had gone our way, we’d have won the game. I did think it was a penalty when I went down, but the referee didn’t give it for some reason.

“On Saturday, the manager won’t let us drop our standards. He’ll be wanting us to put another marker down and that is exactly what we want to do as players.”

Coker made his 50th appearance of the season on Saturday, and has missed just one throughout the campaign through suspension.

He’s delighted with the number of appearances he has made, and hopes he finishes it with 54 to his name; and a promotion.

“I’m delighted to have played so many games, it’s actually a bit frustrating that I’ve missed just one through suspension,” he added.

“50 games in one season is great, and I’m buzzing to have reached that figure, but I’m hoping there’s still another four to add to that.

“I don’t think it bothers us who we get in the play-offs. We’ll be confident and of the belief that we can get to Wembley.”

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