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Ben Coker: We're in confident mood heading into the game at Stevenage

8 May 2015

Left back wants to make up for last season's play-off heartache.

Southend United left back Ben Coker wants his team-mates to 'draw strength' from last season's play-off heartache, as Blues do battle with Stevenage on Sunday in the first leg of the semi-final at the Lamex Stadium.

Blues head into the game on the back of the defeat at Morecambe, but Coker says the mood in the camp is buoyant ahead of the short trip to Hertfordshire.

“We're well over last Saturday and are now all excited for the play-offs,” Coker said on Friday.

“We'll have to do it the hard way. We're not machines. We got ourselves in a great position but after Morecambe, we've left it on the bus and came into this week with a fresh mindset.

“We watched last night's game and it was exciting. We'll get a feel for it with the next few play-off games and we have the experience of what happened last season to take into the match against Stevenage.

“The effort from the boys has been unbelievable. We go into the play-offs in confident mood. We'll be preparing as we have done and will push on. Nothing changes for us. We need to draw strength from last year's pain and make it right.”

And on Stevenage, Coker is expecting a tough battle with Graham Westley's side, like the two previous encounters against Boro this season.

“We know what they've got. They'll be strong and physical and we'll have to stand up to that. 

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