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Expectations worry Sturrock

4 October 2012

Southend United boss Paul Sturrock is concerned about the expectation levels of the Roots Hall crowd ahead of bottom of the table Barnet’s visit.

The Bees haven’t won a single match in all competitions in 2012/13.

But despite their lowly league position Sturrock insists their performances are better than their results indicate and worries over confidence could play a factor.

“My worry is the expectation level for Saturday,” Sturrock told the official website. 

“Barnet are playing a lot better than their results are showing.

“We have come off the back of 80 minutes up and at them so I am worried about the fans expectations for this game.”

Sturrock also has something of a selection dilemma in the centre of midfield with John Spicer set to start a three-match ban.

The ex-Burnley man was sent off in Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat against Burton Albion and begins the first of a three-match suspension this weekend.

That leaves only Michael Timlin as a recognised starter meaning Sturrock will be forced to juggle his threadbare squad.

“John Spicer is out suspended so I will have to come up with something,” he said. “We will look at some players there before Saturday and see who fits best.

“Gavin Tomlin trained today though so we will see what reaction he has and Phillips might train Friday also which could give us some more options.”

Spicer’s red card was Blues third of the season with Timlin and Barry Corr having already been sent off this season.

Luke Prosser meanwhile is one yellow card off a one-match ban and Sturrock is set to punish those guilty in a bid to ensure ill discipline does not derail his sides’ steady start to the season.
“The red cards are going to hurt one or two in the pocket and we will see if that hurts them up in their heads,” he explained. 

“Our discipline cost us dearly in the first season I was here as far as getting promotion was concerned and also last season there were times when we didn’t have our quality players. 

“Inside the first ten games we’ve had three red cards and another player one booking off a ban so I want to stamp that out and I’ll be speaking with the players on Friday.”

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