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Boss backs side to end blip

23 August 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock has backed his team to end their early season blip at Northampton Town on Saturday.

Sturrock’s Southend United side are seeking their first win of the new 2012/13 season.

But despite the slow start the 55-year-old is refusing to panic.

“I’ve been looking at the stats and Swindon and Crewe hadn’t won a game by this stage last year and both were promoted,” Sturrock told the official website.

“But for now we are just desperate to get three points and put ourselves on the map.

“In both games so far we have been competitive because all of a sudden we are not the worst team in the division.

“Three points will push us well up the table and we have got to start climbing the league now.”

Along with his sides lack of points it is also his teams’ failure to score a goal yet this season that is a major source of frustration.

Southend returned from their League Cup clash at Peterborough United without anything to show whilst their first two League matches also yielded a zero in the goals for column.

“Not having scored in our first three games is disappointing as in pre-season we were looking good and getting in the right areas,” he said.

Striker Freddy Eastwood has resumed training following a calf problem but is unlikely to be involved against the Cobblers.

Winger Kevan Hurst is also suffering with an ankle injury whilst Michael Timlin serves a one-match suspension following his read card midweek at Oxford United.

“Michael Timlin showed his influence in the first game of the season so losing him is be a blow,” said Sturrock.

“He was man enough to stand up in front of everyone and apologise and the players were appreciative of that. That is the kind of spirit that we have at this football club.”

That means Sturrock will have to do without the former Fulham trainee against Aidy Boothroyd’s undefeated Town side.

And Sturrock is expecting a tough test following Northampton’s win against Rotherham United midweek.

“Northampton have just beaten one of the favourites for the League and they haven’t lost this season so it is a difficult place to go but I am looking forward to it,” the Scot concluded.

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