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Sturrock wants Blues response

31 December 2012

Boss wants his side to get 'back on the rails'

Paul Sturrock is backing his players to get ‘back on the rails’ against Gillingham at Roots Hall tomorrow, in what will be an extremely tough test for his side.

Having been beaten by Burton Albion on Saturday, Paul is hoping there is no repeat of last season, when Blues really struggled following a defeat to Swindon.

Speaking ahead of the game, Paul said: “We need to dig deep and get back on the rails as soon as we can. Sooner or later the run was going to come to an end but on Saturday we didn’t do enough.

“It’s important we remember the things we were doing well and get back to doing those things against Gillingham. Last year we lost to Swindon, then all of a sudden we couldn’t buy a win. We don’t want to go down that road.

“There’s a fine line with confidence, we played like we were the home team and it cost us dear because we got beat on the counter attack.”

Gillingham didn’t play on Saturday so will have had more rest than Paul’s side, but he’s hoping that won’t have an impact. The Gaffer is also unsure whether Britt Assombalonga will be back in action following the injury he picked up against Dagenham & Redbridge.

“We’ve had very few reserve games this season so I don’t really know where our bench is in terms of fitness,” he added. “Obviously they didn’t have a game so there will be a freshness to their team. A couple of the lads looked a bit weary so we’ll have to check them ahead of the game.

“The fact it’s a 1pm kick off makes it a bit difficult because it’s seven hours earlier than normal. We have to get the build up to the game absolutely spot on.

“We won’t be taking any chances (on Britt), he wasn’t right for Saturday and if he says he is struggling we will go for someone else.” 

A full interview with Paul is on Blues Player now.

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