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Boss: Home help required

22 November 2012

Southend United must now address their home form manager Paul Sturrock has said.

Blues have won their last three matches on the road, scoring 11 goals in the process.

However, Sturrock’s charges haven’t won in the league at Roots Hall since mid September and it is something the Scot is keen to change against Rochdale this weekend.

“On the road it has been very special,” he told the official website. 

“We’ve scored eight goals in the last two away games but before that we scored no goals in two home matches so I will have to decide if I need to change things for Saturday to adapt to the situation.

“Teams this season are enjoying playing away from home. 

“If we can piece our home form together and our away form remains true we will start climbing the league.”

Southend’s first opportunity to do so comes against play-off placed Rochdale on Saturday.

Just a single point separates the sixth placed side and Southend in the League Two standings.

And Sturrock must now rule whether to alter his team after naming an unchanged starting XI in his last two matches.

“We are playing at home against a team who is very fresh as they had no midweek match,” he said.

“They are a good side with some quality players who have played in the higher leagues. 

“If we don’t come to the show we are going to have a hard game on our hands.”

One player at ‘the show’ in recent weeks has been winger Kevan Hurst.

The ex-Walsall wideman is currently top of the assist chart in English football with 11 to his name.

He added four of those on Tuesday after setting up all of the Blues goals in their 4-0 win at AFC Wimbledon.

And Sturrock is now looking for him to provide the ammunition at home also.

“I have looked at the tapes of his set pieces at home,” he revealed. “Roots Hall is a difficult place to take set pieces at, as there is a big step up in the corner areas. 

“Taking corners there has been a bit of a culture shock for him so I am going to get him on the pitch on Friday and let him work on it for 30 minutes. 

“Hopefully that will help him get a rhythm going.”

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