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Sturrock: An excellent win

4 December 2012

Blues boss delighted to be one step closer to a visit to Wembley

Paul Sturrock was delighted to see his side progress to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Southern Area semi-finals following a 2-1 win against Brentford.

Goals from Tamika Mkandawire and Kevan Hurst sealed the win, as Blues survived a late score to progress, and the boss was impressed with his side's display.

Speaking after the game Paul said: “I’m pleased we’ve progressed because I thought we did well tonight against a top League 1 side.

“Yes, they made some changes but so did we and I thought we dealt with them well after we adjusted to their style.

“They started with a slightly different shape to what we thought they might go with and they did start brightly.

“But we grew into the game and were on top after that until the final ten to fifteen minutes, and I was very happy with both the goals.”

Hurst’s strike to make it 2-0 was something special, and even Paul admits he didn’t see it coming, while he was also delighted for Tamika.

“We all thought that Kev was going to try and pick out the run of Britt in the box,” said Paul.

“But he just went for goal and it was a brilliant strike. It probably came after our best spell of the game.

“It was great to see Tamika get a goal. He’s working hard and you can see his fitness is improving game by game.

“We just needed that third goal and Barry Corr almost got it when he hit the bar, but once they scored we defended well and Paul Smith made some top saves.”

The win means Blues are potentially three games away from Wembley after progressing to the final four in the southern section, and Paul certainly wants to be in the final.

He added: “The lads know that we have the chance to get to Wembley and enjoy a good day out.

“We made a few changes tonight because we were forced to but all of the lads really want to do well in this competition and make the final.

“We know it’s just three games away and in the dressing room I can tell the lads all want to be there.”

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