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Boss taking positives to Oxford

20 August 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock is taking the positives into Tuesday’s match at Oxford United despite his sides losing start to the season on Saturday.

Blues kicked-off the new 2012/13 npower League Two season with a 1-0 defeat at home to Accrington Stanley.

But Sturrock believes his side can take comfort from the amount of opportunities they created ahead of their trip to the Kassam Stadium.

“Oxford have come off the back of a very good victory so they will be cock-a-hoop at this moment in time,” Sturrock told the official website.

“The doom and gloom merchants will have us as the underdogs but I think we have got to take a lot positives from the match on Saturday.

“We created 20 chances, which is a lot to win a football match, but the disappointing thing is that we didn’t hit the target enough and we didn’t score obviously.

“I would be more worried if we weren’t creating chances.”

Striker Freddy Eastwood will again miss the clash with a calf problem whilst fellow forward Barry Corr (groin) is also unavailable.

The Blues boss must also decide whether to hand new goalkeeper Paul Smith his debut whilst also considering if Michael Timlin can play again after his surprise comeback at the weekend.

“It is a catch 22 as Paul Smith hasn’t played a game yet,” he added. 

“That’s a bit like John Spicer as he has been injured also and can Timlin play again on Tuesday having played on Saturday? 

“There is a lot of debate and thinking to do.”

But despite his selection conundrums Sturrock is just eager to register his first win of the season against an Oxford side that will be wanting to make amends for last season.

“The quicker we get a win on the board the better as losing is as habit forming as winning is and there’s no better opportunity than Tuesday,” he said.

“Chris Wilder has brought in Sean Rigg from Port Vale and Jake Forster-Caskey who are two really good players.

“They have started well and they will be wanting to turn us over after we’ve been there the last couple of times and got results.”

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