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Sturrock: A message to the rest

21 December 2012

Convincing win shows rivals Blues mean business

Paul Sturrock believes the 3-0 win against play-off chasers Chesterfield has sent a message to the rest of League 2.

Second-half goals from Ryan Cresswell and a Gavin Tomlin brace sealed a comfortable win at Roots Hall against a side previously unbeaten in five games.

And Paul believes that victory will show the rest of the teams in and around the play-offs that Southend United mean business.

Speaking after the game, he said: “Sometimes playing the day before other teams around you can be a good thing, especially if you win of course.

“That was the case tonight. In the first half we couldn’t quite get things linking up but in the second half it was a pleasure to watch.

“That performance will send a real message to the rest of the division because Chesterfield are a very good side who will be up there at the end of the campaign.

“The two teams around us will now have to win on Saturday and Cheltenham just above us lost, so the gap is now two points.”

Paul believes the response in the second half, having failed to see things click in the first, shows just how good this side is.

He added: “I said to the two front lads at half time that they needed to get closer together and play off each other because they weren’t doing that.

“Once that happens then it runs through the whole side because things start to link up and flow much easier.

“The second half performance was magnificent and we played some excellent stuff. Our delivery into the box was brilliant.

“If you give someone like Kevan Hurst time, they will punish you, just as he did with the cross for the second goal, that was an absolutely brilliant goal.”

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