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Boss: One side capable of winning

27 October 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock felt there was only one side capable of winning his teams 0-0 draw with York City on Saturday.

The Scot believed his Southend side were unlucky not to capatilise on a spell of sustained pressure late on in the second half to grab an unlikely win at Roots Hall.

But despite dominating the last 15 minutes of action, Southend were unable to find away past a York defence that is yet to lose away from home this season.

“York haven’t lost a game away from home this season,” Sturrock told the official website.

“They are very well organised and play good football and we were sucked in to that.

“The first half was a hangover from Tuesday night. I felt we looked tentative and a lot of passes went astray.

“But in the second half we were on top of York and in the last 15 minutes only one team was going to win the match.”

Sturrock was forced to drop a half fit Mark Phillips for the encounter whilst Freddy Eastwood earned a recall to the starting XI.

It was another series of changes brought about because of injuries and Sturrock admitted that has been a source of frustrating in recent weeks.

“We aren’t a settled team,” he said. “The teams that are doing well like Port Vale and Gillingham there isn’t a lot of change. Every week they seem to name the same team and everyone is fit. 

“Today there was a minor car crash involving two of our players on the way to the game. 

“That’s the luck we have at the moment but you can’t feel sorry for yourself.”

Sturrock was quick to praise the efforts of midfield pair Alex Woodyard and Marc Laird.

Woodyard retained his place from Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat against Aldershot Town whilst Marc Laird was handed his Southend United debut after completing a loan switch from Leyton Orient on Friday.

“I am delighted with Alex Woodyard,” said Sturrock. “He has done well by taking his opportunity when it has been presented. 

“Marc Laird showed he is a very good player also and he will do a job for us. He’s here until January and he wants to play every week. 

“If we can get Timlin back and Phillips fit it will give us competition for places.

“This break now enables us to have a rest and regroup. Some of the players will hopefully come out of the treatment room this week and start pushing the others.”

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