Paul says his side will work extremely hard to ensure Cup progress
Blues boss Paul Sturrock admits the break from League 2 hasn’t come at the best time following six games without defeat.
Having said that, Paul says Blues will work extremely hard to ensure progress in both the FA Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy against League 1 Bury and Brentford respectively.
Speaking ahead of the trip to Gigg Lane for the second round FA Cup tie, Paul said: “It’s a bit disappointing as we would like to continue our run.
“But the Cup is vitally important to us, as is the Johnstone’s Paint, so we’re going to go into both of these games looking for the win to progress.
“They are both going to be difficult games. Bury have been in good form and it puts them in the top three of four teams in League 1 form wise over the last ten games.
“They had an excellent result against Bournemouth last week. I watched the game and they played very well, so we know it’ll be a difficult place to get a result.”
Having not had much success in Cup competitions as a manager, Paul is hoping things can be different this time around.
He added: “Cups have never been a great thing for me and hopefully that can change. It was disappointing (being knocked out in the second round last season) but that’s yesterday, it’s old news.
“We have a positive slant on things now and we want to go to Bury and get the result to get into the next round because being in that draw gives everyone a buzz.”
With Tamika Mkandawire and Britt Assombalonga ineligible having not been granted permission to play for Blues in the FA Cup from their parent clubs, Paul will be forced into a couple of changes – and the recent bad weather has hindered his plans.
He added: “We’ll have to make a couple of changes, we will wait and see, I’m leaving my options open at the moment.
“The weather has had a big effect. We were going to try and mould some of the players to the system in midweek so that’s been disappointing.
“Training has been difficult, but in the last couple of days it has been drier so we will prepare in the right way.
“We’ve got a couple of niggles and knocks but we’ll give them every opportunity to grab their chance.”