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Sturrock gutted with Stanley outcome

18 August 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock was gutted to see his side not have anything to show for their efforts against Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon.

Southend started 2012/13 with a 1-0 home defeat against the Lancashire side.

And despite enjoying the majority of the possession, Karl Sheppard’s second half header handed the visitors a 1-0 win.

“It wasn’t the result that we wanted,” Sturock told the official website.

“Football is a cruel game because if you look at the chances created then not to come away with a couple of goals is really disappointing.

“Full credit to Accrington they came with a plan and a stupid set piece caught us out and we finished up chasing the game.”

Midfielder Michael Timlin was a surprise inclusion in Sturrock’s starting eleven at Roots Hall.

Having missed all of Blues pre-season campaign following a shoulder injury at the end of last season the ex-Swindon Town player only returned to full training on Thursday.

Much to the delight of the Scot.

“There were some positives to take from the game,” he said. “Timlin and Ferdinand looked like they had a bit of rapport together and I was pleased with Britt Assombalonga who did well until he tired a bit.

“I am delighted to get Timlin back playing again as he showed how influential he can be.”

Southend will have an immediate opportunity to bounce back with trips to Oxford United on Tuesday and Northampton Town next weekend.

And Sturrock knows three points will lift the camp.

He admitted: “We need a win and then all the confidence will come oozing back.

“Everyone is a bit down at the moment but we live to fight another day and we will have to raise the troops for Tuesday.”a

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