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Coker set to make 200th appearance

14 September 2018

Ben Coker is in line to make his 200th Southend United appearance on Saturday.

The left back, who has been at Blues since 2013 after joining following a successful trial, has started every league game so far this season.

And Coker said it’s a brilliant personal achievement to reach 200 games in a Southend United shirt.

“I was speaking to a few people about it and I couldn’t believe it really,” said Coker.

“It’s crept up on me but I’m absolutely delighted to get 200 games for the club.

“If it wasn’t for my broken leg last year then I probably would have done it already but it’s just one of them things.

“To get to 200 is a great achievement and I’m really proud of that and I want it to come with three points this weekend against Shrewsbury.”

The 29-year-old has had a productive start to the season having created three goals for the team.

And he’s enjoying being part of the side’s attacking play.

“It’s really nice,” Coker added. “My strong point is going forward so to get the boys on the end of crosses has been good.

“That’s where our strong point is so we just need to keep what we’re doing there really.”

After two late defeats, Coker is hoping Blues can get back on track this weekend against Shrewsbury.

“It’s been frustrating for us in the last two games because, as everyone has said, we’ve played well but we’ve let in two late goals.

“The goals we’ve let in have been soft, so we’ve been working a lot on set-pieces and our shape to rectify the mistakes.

“But the boys are in good form going up there. I think we will fine if we can cut out those mistakes.

“It’s about going back to basics and defending properly because as you can see we play some good stuff going forward.”

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