Southend United's Anthony Straker thrilled to turn jeers in to cheers with fine display against Mansfield Town (From Echo)
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Southend United's Anthony Straker thrilled to turn jeers in to cheers with fine display against Mansfield Town
SOUTHEND United winger Anthony Straker turned jeers in to cheers with an impressive goalscoring display against Mansfield Town at Roots Hall on Friday night.
Straker has often been singled out for criticism since signing for the Shrimpers at the start of the last season.
But, after impressing down the left hand side and opening the scoring in the 3-0 win against the Stags, Straker was given a rapturous reception when substituted in the closing stages.
And the 25-year-old was delighted by the standing ovation.
“When I came off the manager said to me that I should listen to the reaction of the fans which was great and I can’t thank them enough for that,” said Straker.
“It was really nice to hear because we all work hard to win matches and please the supporters so it was great to be able to do both in this game.”
Straker was recalled to the starting line-up after four games on the substitutes bench and was due to play even if Cauley Woodrow had not been stuck in traffic on the M25.
But Straker now wants to build on his encouraging display and become a regular starter in the side.
“It is frustrating being out of the side but when that chance or opportunity presents itself you have to take it and I think I did that so hopefully I can stay in now,” said Straker.
“It was important we bounced back from the Newport game and this was the perfect way to do that.
“Morecambe is the next game now in the FA Cup and I would love to be able to help the team get another good result.”
Straker’s part in the performance was also praised by boss Phil Brown who was also thrilled by how the fans responded to the winger’s display.
“I was delighted for Strakes because he’s had an up and down time at this football club and he’s had a bit of stick at times,” said Brown.
“But that was a true standing ovation when he came off and it was important he took that in.
“That ovation, the goal and the performance will do him the world of good and I’m very pleased about that.”