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Sturrock hails good week at the office

8 September 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock was happy with a good week at the office as Southend United recorded their third home win in seven days today.

Blues brushed aside Dagenham and Redbridge with a 3-1 win to record a hattrick of victories in the past week.

And the Scot was pleased to see his team starting to blend together.

“It has been a good week for us with the results,” Sturrock told the official website after the match.

“It’s nice to see we are starting to gel together and get things right.”

Southend were able to capatilise on the Daggers miss fortune as defender Luke Wilkinson was sent off in seventh minute for the visitors for a foul on Gavin Tomlin.

That allowed Britt Assombalonga to add a quick fire double for the Blues before Dagenham pulled a goal back before the break via Dwight Gayle. 

Ryan Cresswell then put the match beyond doubt in the second half, but despite the win Sturrock was disappointed with the way his side performed after half-time.

“Going down to ten men can sometimes be like playing 12 men and it proved that way in the second half when we got sloppy and lazy,” he said.

“Again we have created an awful lot of chances and not taken them which will cost us dear in the future.

“But we are creating chances which is the pleasing thing but getting the result is the most important.

“I think in the end we shaded it chances wise.”

Assombalonga, on loan from Watford, scored his third and fourth goals of the season following his move to Roots Hall.

But it was his strike partner Gavin Tomlin that Sturrock is desperate to see score from open play after going close on several occasions against his former side this afternoon.

“I think if the boy Tomlin could score goals he would be playing at a much higher standard than League Two,” admitted Paul.

“He has all the attributes to be a quality player and he’s strong for his size. 

“He’s been working very hard and we just want him to put that icing on the cake because he would be so exciting if he was rattling in the goals that Britt has scored so far.”

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