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Sturrock: The lads are disappointed

8 December 2012

Blues boss says draw shows how far his side have come

Blues boss Paul Sturrock believes the fact his players were disappointed with a 0-0 draw at Fleetwood shows how far they've come in the last six weeks.

Referee Darren Deadman ruled out two efforts from Blues in the opening 45 minutes, and Sturrock says the lads were shocked to see them not given.

"The boys in there think that the first one that was ruled out should have stood and they also think we should have had a penalty," Sturrock said.

"They are slightly disappointed that we've not picked up the three points here and that tells you a lot about our confidence.

"Six weeks ago we would have been pleased with a draw but today they felt we should have picked up three points.

"Their camp will probably say differently because that's football. I thought we were on top in the first half, but never really got going in the second."

Sturrock opted for Anthony Straker to the starting XI, and he felt Blues lost some rhythm when he came off. He also said that with games coming thick and fast it's important to keep it fresh.

"Anthony came in and did well down the left hand side. He thought he'd scored in the first, but then he missed a great chance in the second," he said.

"But he had a good game and Scott Donnelly came on and was pretty tidy. Gav has been struggling for a while and Britt picked up a knock first half, I think that affected us second half.

"We've got another game on Tuesday night so we will try and keep it fresh, it's important to do that during this period.

"Michael Timlin will be back available so that's a plus but of course Tam and Britt can't play, so some players are going to have the chance to impress."

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