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Form wrong way round - Sturrock

10 November 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock admitted that his sides’ form is probably the wrong way round at the moment.

Southend United recorded a 0-0 draw with highflying Port Vale at Roots Hall on Saturday afternoon.

And after Tuesday’s win at Bristol Rovers, the Scot believes his side now has a formula for playing at home as well as on the road.

“Dare I say this but if we draw our home games and win our away ones we will be there or thereabouts,” Sturrock told the official website after the match.

“Normally that is supposed to be around the other way but the way we are going at the moment.

“We have system that we seem quite content with home and away. 

“There are a lot of positives to take out of the game today.”

Try as they might Southend were unable to find a way past Valiants keeper Chris Neal.

Gavin Tomlin hit the post twice whilst the ex-Dagenham frontman was also denied with a stinging first half volley as Blues were forced to settle for the point.

“I think Port Vale started well but as the half unfolded we started to dominate,” he said.

“Their goalie has made four or five decent saves. He had one of those days today that everything he touched he saved.

“The second half was pretty even until towards the end when we had several half chances.

“It was frustrating to watch as a manager and see how open the match was. But it is a cleansheet, which is our third in a row at home. The only thing missing today was the final finish.”

Along with Tomlin, Britt Assombalonga also finished the match empty handed.

It was the fifth consecutive match he has failed to score, his longest ever run without a goal, and Sturrock believes it is now playing on the Watford loanees mind.

“This tenth goal seems to be playing on his mind a bit,” he admitted.

“We have chatted about it and I do feel it is having an effect. You could see today he was trying to be really safe with the chances he had and things aren’t dropping for him like they were. 

“It will come back as quality players don’t lose it and I am confident he will score again soon.”

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