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Southend United's Ben Coker: I'm in the form of my life
SOUTHEND United’s Ben Coker believes he is currently enjoying the best form of his career – and the left-back wants to use that to help the Shrimpers see off Mansfield Town at Roots Hall tonight.
Coker has impressed since coming to the club on a free transfer during the summer.
But the 24-year-old will not be resting on his laurels.
“I think I’m enjoying the best and my consistent run of form I’ve ever had at the moment but it’s still early days and I need to keep it going for the whole season,” said Coker.
“I’m really pleased with how everything has gone since I signed for Southend, especially as a part of me maybe wondered if I was going to get back in to the Football League.
“I always had confidence in my ability and I put my trust in my agent to get me a move and thankfully we were able to sort out the move here.
“But I want to keep it going and help the club do well this season.”
That quest for success will continue against the Stags this evening.
And Coker, who scored in Blues’ 3-1 defeat at Newport County last weekend, will be going in to the game in good spirits after being described as the pick of the summer signings by manager Phil Brown.
“I had quite a few people get in touch with me about the manager’s comments and it was really nice to hear them,” said Coker, who was playing non league football for Histon before joining Southend.
“The manager has given me a lot of confidence since I came here and has really helped me to kick on with my career.
“Hopefully now I can repay him and the fans with more good performances and goals, starting with tonight’s game.”
Blues go in to the game occupying 13th in the League Two table.
And Coker believes will need to remain patient if they are to pick up three points against the Stags.
“Patience will be the key aspect to the game,” said the defender.
“They will be similar to Newport but we’re at home this time so I think Mansfield will come to set up well defensively like they have done all season.
“We’re going to have to accept that and bass the ball around well to keep them moving and break them down.
“We’re all still full of confidence too.
“We’ve drawn a line under the Newport game and we want to bounce back with a better performance this evening.”