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Sturrock pleased to be in the hat

1 December 2012

Boss happy to see his side match one of League 1's in form sides

Blues boss Paul Sturrock was pleased to see his side earn their place in the FA Cup third round draw after a 1-1 draw with Bury.

Despite feeling a few players didn't quite reach the levels they've shown in the last few games, he was happy to see his side match one of League 1's in-form teams.

Speaking after the game, Paul said: "It's good to be in the hat for the third round but I felt a few of our players didn't reach the level they've been playing at in recent weeks.

"Bury are in the top six in League 1 in terms of form over recent months and they've not lost for a while so that aspect is very pleasing.

"We had to work hard and the character they showed after falling behind was good. We almost snatched the winner as well.

"I thought a draw though was a fair result in the end because both sides played well and at times the game was very open.

"We created quite a few chances but on a couple of occasions they almost snatched a second goal, but we made some decent interceptions."

Gavin Tomlin was on the scoresheet once again for Blues and Paul was again impressed by the striker's showing.

He added: "It was a very good goal from Gav and he showed confidence to shoot from that angle.

"I've said before that his play all season has been good and now he's adding goals he's got even better."

The draw means both sides will be in the hat for the third round, and while the prospect of a big side would possibly add to the occasion of the replay, Sturrock insists his side will need no motivation.

"It means we're in the draw and that's what we wanted coming here today although we would have liked to have been in it outright," he said.

"The replay at our place will be a good one because Bury are a side on top form at the moment in League 1.

"Of course, if it's a big side who we could face in the next round there will be that added excitement but it won't be too much different for the players because they will just want to be in the third round regardless."

A full interview with Paul will be available on Blues Player later.

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