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Coker hoping Barnsley can prove a 'catalyst' in the play-off push

10 March 2016

Blues full-back previews Barnsley

Southend United defender, Ben Coker believes that Saturday’s game with Barnsley could just provide the spark to set their play-off push alight.

The Blues go into the game looking to get back to winning ways after falling to defeat last time out against Chesterfield at Roots Hall.

The Blues have been in inconsistent form of late, and last Saturday’s defeat was a tough one to swallow; conceding in the last minute as they pushed for a winner themselves.

Despite hitting a slight bump on the road, Coker says the players are ready to get right back on track on Saturday.

“Everyone has been pretty positive.” He said.

“I think we did enough to win the game against Chesterfield, and obviously we were a bit down after the game and everyone was a little bit deflated because it’s a game we felt we should have won.

“But that’s football, we have to go again, you have to be positive and we’ve had a good week of training so we are ready to go again.”

Opponents Barnsley are one of the league’s form teams and come in to the game on the back of a resounding 3-1 win at automatic promotion chasing Walsall.

That result leapfrogged the Tykes in to sixth position in the table, four points clear of Southend.

It goes without saying that a win on Saturday will put the Blues well amongst the play-off picture, and Coker admits there is much on offer in this one.

“It’s a really important game to be fair.” He added.

“We haven’t had great run of form at the minute, and if we can make this game a catalyst for the run-in I think we could reach the play-offs.

“They’ll be a strong team; they’ve come right up the league so we’ll be expecting a hard game.

“They’ll get the ball down and pass it because that’s what they did against us here so we’ve got to get in their faces.”

One thing the team has been blessed with this year is fantastic support both home and away from the Blues faithful.

And the Southend full-back is hoping to repay the fans faith with three vital points on Saturday at Oakwell.

“The fans have been brilliant this year; they always have been since I’ve been here, they’re top class.

“If we could reward them with three points on Saturday they will be over the moon so we’re going to try our best to do that for them.”


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