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Match Preview: Graham Coughlan relishing test against an old club on Saturday

8 January 2015

Graham Coughlan looks ahead to the Sky Bet League Two game against John Sheridan's Plymouth Argyle.

Southend United coach Graham Coughlan say’s Saturday’s game against Plymouth Argyle is always one that he looks forward to.

Coughlan spent five years playing for the Devon side, and impressed so much that he was voted into Argyle’s greatest ever team by the club’s supporters.

“It’s a game I look out for when the fixtures come around,” the Irishman admits

“Although Plymouth are a big side, they’re in League Two for a reason. Saturday should have a bit of an edge to it. If we win, we can go five points clear of them.

“Teams come to Roots Hall defensively minded. It would be nice if some teams could come to Roots Hall and go toe-to-toe with us and give us a real good game.

“I had some great times down at Plymouth. It’s an exciting tie. I try to do my best for every football club I represent and I did that when I was at Plymouth. It’ll be a real tough game – they have a good manager in charge and some talented players as well."

And Coughlan says that some players who have been on the fringes of the starting XI could get an opportunity this weekend due to injuries and suspensions to centre back pair Luke Prosser and Cian Bolger.

“One or two are suspended, one or two are injured, so other players will probably get a chance, and an opportunity to take the shirt and make it theirs. 

“We’re actively seeking additions. It’s no great secret. I think all clubs are looking to strengthen, looking for those last pieces of the jigsaw for the second half of the season.”

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