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Ben's back and raring to go

18 February 2016

Coker thrilled to be back playing after injury layoff

Southend United defender, Ben Coker is delighted to be back playing after his injury layoff.

The full-back returned to the starting lineup at Bradford City on Tuesday night, having not featured for the Blues since the beginning of January after suffering from an abdominal injury that required surgery.

Now fit and raring to go, Ben is buzzing to be back in the fold.

“I was really excited to get back out there.” Coker said.

“I felt really good, I thought I was going to feel a bit tired but I felt strong and I thought I did alright.”

It terms of the result, it wasn’t the comeback the left-back had hoped for as Southend went down 2-0 to the Bantams in a frustrating night for the Blues.

Now his injury-hindered period is behind him, Coker is determined to help the team get back to winning ways against Burton Albion on Monday night.

“Being injured is the worst thing in the world.” He added.

“I’ve been out for a few weeks, but I’ve come back really quickly so I’m very happy with the way it’s gone.

“I was playing with the injury a bit before, so it feels good to play with no pain and now I just need to crack on and get back to my best.

“We’ll go again on Monday where we really need to get back to winning ways in the league.”

Despite consecutive defeats, Southend still sit in a promising position, just three points outside the play-off places.

Coker believes it’s only minor things the squad need to address, but states they must correct them quickly in order to get their top-six pursuit back on track.

“I think you’ll see a strong reaction from the boys on Monday.

“If we get back to playing the way we know we can against Burton I’m sure we can get a good result.

“We just need to clamp down on the finer details, particularly set-pieces.

“The finer details in football are harsh but we need to learn from them.

“To get in to the play-offs is a massive aim for the club and I think we’re good enough to do that, we just need get a winning run of games going.”

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