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Sturrock wipes slate clean

16 August 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock is wiping the slate clean ahead of Saturday’s npower League Two opener with Accrington Stanley.

Blues kick-off their League season at Roots Hall at the weekend following Tuesday’s Capital One cup exit.

On that occasion Southend lost 4-0 to Championship side Peterborough United, but now Sturrock is targeting a confidence-boosting win against Stanley.

“It is a clean slate on Saturday against Accrington Stanley,” Sturrock told the official website.

“We need a bit of confidence and it is amazing what a win can do to boost that.”

However, United will have to contend with injuries once more before naming their side.

Ryan Cresswell (groin) and Gavin Tomlin (groin) face late fitness tests ahead of the match.

Striker Neil Harris is another doubt also after he limped off in Tuesday’s cup exit with a calf injury.

“There are one or two players that will have a late fitness test and then there is obviously the long termers as well,” he said.

“That has been the disappointing thing for me so far that Barry Corr broke down in pre-season.

“It wasn’t the knee injury though which is fine. 

“It’s a groin injury which is normal for people who have been out for as long as he has.”

Meanwhile, Sturrock confirmed he had a couple of players training with his side from other clubs this week.

Sturrock is still targeting two midfielders but insisted the last two results, a 6-0 defeat to a Tottenham Hotspur XI and a 4-0 loss at Peterborough, are no reason for supporters to worry.

“The fans are obviously disappointed after the result the other night but this is our first home game of the season and we want to get off to a flyer,” he said.

“I would like to think that everyone will be right behind the team good, bad or indifferent.

“At Plymouth I remember I lost the first four games but we won the league with 104 points.”

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s match at Roots Hall which kicks-off at 3:00pm. To purchase your tickets call the Blues Box Office on 08444 77 00 77.

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