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Sturrock declares himself happy

10 October 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock was happy with his sides display against Dagenham and Redbridge on Tuesday night.

Blues progressed to the Southern Area Quarter Finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy thanks to a 2-0 win at Roots Hall.

And Sturrock declared himself happy with the opening 45 minutes of action from his Southend United side.

“In the first half we played very, very well,” Sturrock told the official website.

“You have to give credit to Dagenham for the second half as their three subs made a difference. 

“That posed us a problem but it was nice to see Smithy get back with two or three decent saves.

“He had a zany moment with a punch but he hasn’t played football for a long time and so it will take some time to get his rhythm back.”

Sturrock made two changes to the starting line-up that drew with Barnet on Saturday.

David Martin was favoured in front of Freddy Eastwood whilst Alex Woodyard made his first appearances of the season in the centre of midfield replacing Anthony Straker.

“Alex Woodyard has been out on the periphery so far but he came in and did a solid job,” he said.

“He won his tackles and made sure who he was playing against didn’t get much of the ball and his passing was good also.”

Michael Timlin picked up a cut to his head in the match whilst Luke Prosser played through the game with a thigh problem.

Barry Corr is available again on Saturday however following his three-match suspension and Sturrock hopes no one else suffered any injuries.

“I’m very hopeful that everyone has come through the match OK,” he admitted.

“Prosser played tonight with a strain and that took a lot as he was in a lot of pain. He was magnificent though and did all the right things.

“It is really important now that the players get rested and although we still have a problem in midfield we will try and address that this week.”

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