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Sturrock relieved to avoid upset

3 November 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock was relieved to have avoided a cup upset against Stockport County on Saturday.

Southend United progressed to the second round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win against the non-league side.

And that came as a relief to the Southend boss.

“It was a tough game,” he told the official website. “Stockport have been on a good run lately and it was a cup tie played in the right spirit.

“Cresswell going off as early as he did was a blow to us but seeing Barry Corr get through an hour and a bit was very pleasing.

“Once we got the second goal it took the edge off it.”

Blues took the lead through Barry Corr’s 33rd minute header.

Corr scored his second goal of the season past keeper Ian Ormson much to the dismay of the opposition bench.

Sturrock’s opposite number Jim Gannon was angered by the decision to award Southend a throw-in just prior to the goal.

“There’s a bit of debate about whether it was a throw in to us or them but we have scored off it,” he said.

“That’s a hard one to take but there were a few chances we should have scored more from after that also.

“We will take some confidence from the cleansheet as well as that is two in a row now.”

Southend were forced to wait until the 85th minute before they added a second goal through Leyton Orient loanee Marc Laird, before Freddy Eastwood scored a third three minutes later.

And Sturrock was keen to praise Laird’s contribution.

“Marc has come here and he wants to play football,” said Sturrock. “You can see how keen he is and he is a nice footballer. He has ability and can see passes so to get a goal was very pleasing.”

Blues turn their attentions to Tuesday’s npower League Two match at Bristol Rovers now, with the Scot set to have further options available.

“We have Britt (Assombalonga) back on Tuesday and Tamika (Mkandawire) also available after joining from Millwall,” he said. 

“That will help add a freshness to us.

“But we will have to wait and see how Ryan Cresswell is and Luke Prosser is suspended now also. 

“I don’t think Barry Corr’s legs will carry him Tuesday either so we will have to wait and see as we want to sue this result to build on.” 

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