Oxley gets 45 minutes under his belt against Partick Thistle
Southend United goalkeeper Mark Oxley played his first 45 minutes of football this year in the behind closed doors game against Partick Thistle.
The Yorkshireman made a return to action from an elbow injury that he picked up before the Boxing Day game last season.
And Oxley said it was a big step psychologically on his road to full fitness that has been a long time coming.
“It’s good to be back,” he said.
“Obviously we had a week out in Spain which was good to get back together with the lads and a few of the new faces.
“I’ve been out since Christmas Eve so it seems a lifetime away but for me it’s just been good to get back training with the lads.
“When you’re in the team and helping the boys out it is different to when you’re not playing so it’s good to get that 45 minutes under my belt.
“It was a long summer waiting because obviously I was probably ready towards the end of the season but didn’t want to risk it.
“It was good psychologically to get out there and come through 45 minutes.
“I’m looking forward to pushing on now.”
Phil Brown was equally as pleased to see the 6ft 3in stopper get game time in the 0-0 draw.
“It was good to see him out there,” he said.
“He’s got one hell of a scare on his elbow, but at the same time you can hear him. You come to these games that are not at Roots Hall and you hear his communication skills.
“Ted’s similar but he has to learn that part of the game because he’s a young lad.”