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Interview: Coker's delight after win against Stevenage

17 August 2014

Ben Coker was understandably delighted following Saturday’s 2-0 win over Stevenage, as he helped Blues to another three points that included a clean sheet and a goal for himself.

Coker got two goals for Blues last season, both away from home, and the defender was delighted to get his first at Roots Hall for the club.

He was also happy to make it two clean sheets from two, following the 1-0 win against Accrington Stanley on the opening day of the 2014-15 season last weekend.

Speaking following Saturday’s win, Coker said: “Yeah it was definitely a perfect day for myself. The clean sheet and win are the most important things, but it was great to get a goal too.

“I got a couple from free-kicks away from home last season, but it was a great feeling to get my first one at Roots Hall, it’s taken a little while for it to come.

“The three points were important today to build on the start we made against Accrington Stanley. Stevenage came here and provided us with a physical test, but we stood up to that.

“The manager spoke about the importance of a quick start, and an early goal if we could get it, so to be able to be 2-0 up inside 20 minutes was brilliant.

“We’ve got a good group of players here and we’ve got a lot of trust in one another. That helps massively when we’re up against a team like this.”

Coker was impressed with Shaquile Coulthirst, Myles Weston and Daniel Bentley following the 2-0 win against Graham Westley’s side.

Coulthirst has done well since coming in on loan from Spurs, and Coker believes a solid partnership can form between them both down the left-hand side.

The left-back was also pleased to see Weston get off the mark for the season, and praised Bentley for two important saves in the first-half.

He added: “Shaq looks to be a very good player. We’ve all been very impressed with his ability, not just in games but also in training.

“He likes to cut inside and it means I can go on the overlap around the outside. Funnily enough for my goal, he stayed wide and it allowed me to cut in.

“Myles is quick, very quick! He took his goal really well. Stevenage came out the traps sharply today but that first goal was always going to be important.

“Dan has been a rock for us over the last year. He made a couple of superb saves today to keep it 2-0.

“The second-half got a bit scrappy but by this point we were already 2-0 up and just had to make sure we kept hold of the three points.”

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