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Sturrock: Use three games as springboard

30 August 2012

Paul Sturrock wants his sides next three home games to kick start Southend United’s season.

Blues registered their first point of the campaign against Northampton Town last Saturday.

They now face Wycombe, AFC Wimbledon and Dagenham at Roots Hall in their next three games in seven days.

And the Blues boss wants the matches to be used as a springboard for success.

“We are the home side and we have to get three points on board as quick as we can,” Sturrock told the official website.

“Confidence is always eroded when you are not winning. Heads can go down very easily and we don’t want that.

“Last year we got off to a great start and that benefited us right through the season.

“Had we beaten Accrington first game of the season we would be sitting here with four points saying we have had a reasonable start.

“But we have three games in a week coming up and hopefully now we will get some wins under our belts to launch our season.”

Wycombe Wanderers are the first of those opponents this Saturday when they visit Essex.

Relegated from League One last season the Chairboys have won one of their opening two League matches so far.

Their third game was abandoned after 65 minutes last weekend after lightning struck the stand at Adams Park with Wanderers trailing 3-1 to Bristol Rovers at the time.

And Sturrock is calling for his side to cut out the defensive mistakes that saw them concede three goals at Northampton.

“Getting a settled back four is always important,” he said.

“It’s not like us to concede three goals but it was a difficult game as they have been flying since the start of the season. 

“I think we came out of it with plus points. Going forwards we were more like ourselves on Saturday.”

Winger Dave Martin is a doubt with an ankle problem whilst striker Freddy Eastwood is expected to return to training on Friday following a calf injury.

He will also have midfielder Michael Timlin available again following a one match ban and Sturrock must also decided whether to hand goalkeeper Paul Smith his first start.

“No one seems to be able to give us game time at the moment as everyone has matches midweek with the League Cup and JPT,” said Sturrock who has been trying to arrange a practice match for the stopper.

“Paul Smith is ring rusty, you can see that in training, but everyday I see a marked improvement in him.

“It is getting near the witching hour to get him back involved and it is a decision I am going to have to make.”

Tickets for Saturday’s match against Wycombe Wanderers at Roots Hall are still on sale from the Blues Box Office.

To secure your seat call us now on 08444 770077 or buy online via the online ticketing site.

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