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Sturrock bemoans Morecambe defeat

20 October 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock bemoaned his sides 1-0 defeat against Morecambe on Saturday.

Jack Redshaw’s 88th minute winner handed the home side all three points at the Globe Arena.

And the loss means Southend United have failed to beat the Shrimps in five attempts, much to Sturrock’s frustration.

“They are a much better side than they get credit for as not many teams will get a result here so a draw would have been nice,” Sturrock told the official website.

“We had a chance and they went straight down the other end and scored. 

“It was always going to be a 1-0 game. But we have had too many of those sorts of defeats this season and I want to wipe that out of our game.”

Redshaw pounced two minutes before the end of the match to secure all three points for Morecambe.

He was left unmarked to scramble the ball home amid frenzied scenes in the Blues penalty area.

And Sturrock confirmed defender Sean Clohessy had shouldered the blame for their goal.

“Sean has put his hand up as he should have been there,” he said.

“But that’s the way it goes sometimes and I am sure we will nick games 1-0 late on this season.”

Blues hopes of returning to Essex with a second successive away victory were dealt a blow four minutes into the second half when Michael Timlin was forced off with an ankle injury.

Following a first half tackle from Morecambe’s Jordan Mustoe, Timlin struggled through the first half before eventually giving way to John Spicer after the break.

“Timlin going off was a blow to us and he was well missed,” said Sturrock. “He talks and organises and we missed that in the second half. 

“We needed his strength and the way he bosses people around and so to lose him was a disappointment. 

“His ankle is like a balloon at the moment so we will ice it and see what effect that has but I hope he is fit for Tuesday.

“We now have two home games to bounce back in.”

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