SOUTHEND United striker Barry Corr is desperate to work his way back in to the starting line-up.

The Irishman bagged his third goal of the season after coming off the bench in Tuesday night's 4-0 win at AFC Wimbledon. But the 27-year-old is becoming sick of being a substitute.

“I don't like being on the bench at all, I get really frustrated and want to be starting matches now,” said Corr.

“I've scored a few goals and could soon be knocking on the manager's door because I want to be playing.”

Corr has returned to action this season after 17 months on the sidelines with knee and groin problems.

He has made one start and a further seven substitute appearances since regaining full fitness.

And he knows he may well have to wait for another opportunity in the side.

“I will have to be patient and then try to take my chance when it does come,” said Corr.

“The front two at the moment are fantastic and Gavin Tomlin is on fire.

“Britt Assombalonga has been brilliant too and maybe me being fit and training more regularly has helped bring more out of them because there's added competition for places now.

“I know where I'm coming from with my injuries too.

“But I feel good now and I believe I'm ready to be starting games more regularly.”

Corr's goal against the Dons helped Blues continue their run of recent good results and they have now not been beaten in their last six games.

That has seen them surge up to eighth in the League Two table, just a point outside the play-offs.

However, Corr has not been surprised by the team's turnaround in fortune.

“I always knew we had quality in this team and having more people back fit has made a big difference, along with the loan signings,” said Corr.

“I still think we're in a false league position because we're one of the top teams in the league.

“We also have a brilliant manager and we're definitely starting to move in the right direction again now.”

Corr was joined on the score-sheet at AFC Wimbledon by defender Ryan Cresswell, who the striker now lives with in Leigh.

And Corr is keen to keep on hitting the back of the net to climb above the centre-back in the scoring charts.

“He's scored six and is doing well but I need to be scoring more than him,” said Corr.

“It's been fine living with him but I have to do all the cooking because he hasn't a clue.

“I've also introduced him to eating with a knife and fork because being from up north I'm not sure he had ever been used to doing that before!”