Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Club News

Sturrock: We need to be at our best

10 December 2012

Blues boss expects difficult tie against Bury on Tuesday night

Blues boss Paul Sturrock says his side will have to be at the top of their game if they are to progress to the third round of the FA Cup.

Bury are currently in the bottom half of League 1, but their results recently have picked up under new boss Kevin Blackwell, and Paul is predicting a tough fixture for his side.

He said: “I think it’ll be a difficult game. They’ve got some exciting young players who have a lot of pace mixed with some older heads.

“The likes of Bishop and Schumacher are important players for them, and they’ve got a freshness to their game at the moment.

“We have got to be at the top of our game on Tuesday because if we’re not, they will cause us a lot of problems.

“The result is vitally important tomorrow night, that’s the main thing because the finances of a win will help this football club.”

Paul will be forced into a couple of changes with Tamika Mkandawire and Britt Assombalonga unavailable, and there are a few other concerns ahead of the game.

He added: “We have a few other niggles and knocks from the Fleetwood game and with the game coming so quickly it makes it difficult. It will be a late selection anyway.

“Mark Phillips is still struggling so he won’t be available tomorrow night and we’ll see about Tuesday, but John Spicer and David Martin are back from the flu.

“I would like to have a settled side on the pitch because as we’ve seen that can lead to us having a good run.”

Paul is hopeful of a win tomorrow night, not only for the finances it brings, but also to have the chance to play against another League 1 side in excellent form.

“Brentford have just beaten MK Dons and Sheffield United and they are no slouches so it would be a very difficult game against them but it would be nice to pit our wits against them.”

A full interview with Paul will be on Blues Player today.

Advertisement block