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Sturrock feels hard done by

25 August 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock felt hard done by to not take all three points against Northampton Town on Saturday.

The Blues boss witnessed his side twice throw the lead away at the Sixfields Stadium as the Cobblers went ahead 3-2.

However, Ryan Cresswell’s stoppage time equaliser meant Southend secured their first point of the season much to boss Sturrock’s relief.

“To go ahead twice and then behind is difficult to take but I think we showed the spirit again today,” Sturrock told the official website.

“I think in the end it would have been an injustice not to have taken something from the game.

“Their manager said after the game that they didn’t deserve anything from the match. 

“We will take the point as this will be a difficult place to come for any team this season but we showed we have some decent players.

“I am not happy with the three goals we let in. To get three goals and not win the match is not like my teams but I’ll take a point.”

Blues injury time leveler came as substitute Chris Barker’s introduction allowed centre-back Ryan Cresswell to be pushed into attack.

And it was the tall defenders presence in the box that saw him earn Southend a point against Northampton.

“I keep getting told that this football I play is hoofball but what we can do is change it when we are struggling and put a presence in the box,” he said.

“Northampton have not lost so far this season playing identically to how we did last season.

“We are a direct football club either over the top for running types or targeted balls to a big man.

“Britt (Assombalonga) and (Gavin) Tomlin caused them allsorts of problems running in behind. 

“In the end I thought it was only fitting that he scored and I would like Tomlin to now get a goal as his work rate this season has been second to none.”

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