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Sturrock praise for front pair

13 October 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock praised his front paring after Saturday’s 3-0 win at Rotherham United.

Britt Assombalonga grabbed two second half goals whilst David Martin added a third as United recorded three points at the New York Stadium.

And Sturrock singled out Assombalonga and Gavin Tomlin for reeking havoc on the Millers defence.

“We showed today that we have some quality players,” Sturrock told the official website.

“We kept our shape, which was important, and the front two have caused mayhem.

“That is Southend United for you. We can be brilliant but there is a bad side to us as well but fortunately today we showed the good side.”

Assombalonga took his season’s tally to nine goals with a second half brace against Rotherham.

The Watford loanee put Southend ahead with a header after 51 minutes before a superb strike 14 minutes later put the Blues in cruise control.

And following the youngsters’ sensational start to life in League Two, Sturrock admitted he has never worked with such a talent before.

“He’s a 19-year-old laddie who is so keen to do well,” he said. “He wants to learn and come and ask questions and I have never really had a player like that who is so desperate to learn the game.

“You have to give credit to Gavin Tomlin as well as he was a bit disappointed to miss the chances he did. 

“But I said to him that if he makes the goals and Britt scores them then that will do me.”

Meanwhile, Sturrock confirmed Ryan Cresswell was removed from play in the second half with cramp and now the Scot hoped to follow up Saturday’s win with three points at Morecambe next weekend.

“We have a game coming up against Morecambe and we have to go and do the same again,” he said.

“We have never beaten Morecambe so it would be nice to turn that around.”

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