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Sturrock: A tough time of year

24 December 2012

Blues boss on the test facing Blues over holiday period

Paul Sturrock admits this time of year is one of the toughest as a manager, as he has to ensure he manages the squad as best he can.

Blues face a trip to Dagenham and Redbridge on Boxing Day knowing a win could put them in the automatic places, and Paul insists managing the squad through three games in six days is always tough.

“It’s always a difficult time for a manager because the games come thick and fast,” he said. “I like to have a settled team but sometimes four games in just over a week can be tough.

“I have to ask myself whether I should rest players, but with the way we’ve been playing it’s difficult to do that.

“If I rest a player they have every right to be coming into my office and asking why because we’ve been doing so well of late.

“Gavin and Britt both came off with ten minutes to go on Friday night just to get a bit of extra rest ahead of the Dagenham game.”

Paul is expecting a very difficult test against a Dagenham side who have been on a good run themselves ahead of Christmas.

“It’s going to be a very tough game because they’ve been in some form of late so will have momentum,” he added.

“But of course we’ve got momentum too from our excellent second half display on Friday so it should be a very good game.

“We’ve picked up some very good away wins this season and the game against Dagenham will be as tough as any.

“I don’t like to say ‘let’s stay unbeaten until the end of the year’ we’ve just got to focus on each game, and Dagenham will be no different.”

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