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Boss wants to erase bad memory

13 September 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock is looking for a better performance than his last trip to Whaddon Road on Saturday.

Sturrock takes his in-form Southend United side to Cheltenham Town this weekend looking to build on three wins in a row.

But he knows his team will have to play better than last season against the Robins, after they returned empty handed following a 3-0 drubbing.

“Cheltenham are a good side and they proved that last year,” Sturrock told the official website.

“Whaddon Road is a difficult place to go and we made it even harder for ourselves last season. 

“If we play like we did that time then we will get exactly what we deserve.

“But the players have shown a great camaraderie and the team spirit is really, really good at the moment and everyone is looking forward to it.”

After three wins in seven days at Roots Hall, United face a further 270 minutes of action in the next week.

Following Saturday’s trip to Cheltenham, Blues then travel to table toppers Gillingham before hosting second placed Exeter City at Roots Hall.

But after a hattrick of reassuring wins Sturrock is remaining in a confident mood.

“Our next three games are against top sides so I think we are in for a difficult week,” he said.

“But the confidence we have managed to muster over the past two or three games will give us a boost.”

However, Blues once again have injury concerns to deal with ahead of the run of matches.

Freddy Eastwood (calf and sickness), Luke Prosser (calf) and Ryan Leonard (hamstring) are all set to miss out whilst striker Barry Corr only resumed training this week following a groin problem.

“The match is going to come too quickly for Freddy (Eastwood) as he hasn’t had enough training and has also been off for sickness so I think that one will be a no no,” he said.

“Barry Corr has done a bit of ball work this week but he needs a game or two and (Luke) Prosser is out and Ryan Leonard looks like he will miss out also.”

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