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Sturrock places sentiment to one side

27 September 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock admits that he won’t let sentiment come between him and three points on Saturday.

Blues travel to Plymouth Argyle, a club that Sturrock enjoyed huge success at in two stints, this weekend.

But the Scot won’t let old friendships get in the way when the whistle goes at 3pm in Devon.

“It is a place close to my heart but my head has to rule,” Sturrock told the official website.

“It is important for us to kick on with a result and a performance to back up last Saturday.

"But it's going to be a hard game – we'll be a difficult nut to crack – but we'll have to be at our best to win on Saturday.

"We've started to gel as a team now after tricky spell at the start of this season when we had so many injuries.

"But I feel now we're beginning to turn the corner and getting some pleasing wins.

"However, I know from experience that travelling down to Plymouth and getting something while there is always a tough hurdle for teams to get over.

"Last year we were 2-0 up and if not coasting, then comfortably ahead, but Argyle stuck at it and in the end got a deserved draw.”

Meanwhile, Sturrock confirmed that Paul Smith (concussion), Mark Phillips (groin) and Gavin Tomlin (groin) had a 50/50 chance of being on the bus down to Home Park.

The trio missed the 2-1 win against Exeter City a week ago and Sturrock will also have to make a decision about strikers Freddy Eastwood and Barry Corr.

The pair came off the bench to score the winning goals last Saturday after long-term injuries, leaving Sturrock with a decision to make.

“Freddy and Barry have trained regularly this week,” he said.

“I don’t want to rush Corr back but I have a decision to make on Freddy.

“A lot will depend on how the injuries unwind in the next 24 hours.”

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