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Ben Coker: I'm delighted to be back playing for Blues

20 December 2014

Left back says it would have been the 'perfect day' for him if Blues had scored a late winner against Burton Albion.

Southend United defender Ben Coker couldn't hid his excitement following the Sky Bet League Two game against Burton Albion at Roots Hall on Friday evening.

The left back returned to action for Blues following a long ay-off due to an elbow injury, and admitted he was 'delighted' to be back out there and playing again.

“It was brilliant and I didn't feel too bad considering I haven't played in a while. I'll be feeling it tomorrow though!” Coker beamed.

“I'll still have the six inch scar on my arm but it's all fine and strong. I went up for a challenge early on, landed on the floor and it all felt fine, so I just went from there.

“I thought I would be flagging at the end. I went rampaging up the wing towards the end and then thought “what am I doing here?!” but it was really great to be back.”

And Coker felt there were positives to take from the game, with Blues heading to Cambridge United on Boxing Day, for the start of a busy Christmas period, which takes in two games in three days.

“I thought we played some good stuff, particularly in the first half, with us pressing really high. We did enough to win the game, but we couldn't quite to it.

“To get the clean sheet was great for the back five and we looked strong defensively. There were positives to take out of the game, for sure.

“Burton are a good team, and I think them – like us – will be up there at the end of the season. 

“If we could have got a goal late on it would have been the perfect day, but it's still been a fantastic one in my eyes. I'm so chuffed to be back.”

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