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Sturrock won't make wholesale changes

3 September 2012

Southend United boss Paul Sturrock won’t be making many changes for Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with AFC Wimbledon.

Blues host Wimbledon at Roots Hall on Tuesday night in the first round of the knockout competition.

And following Saturday’s 1-0 home win against Wycombe Wanderers the Blues chief isn’t expecting to alter his side too much.

“We won’t be making many changes, as I want to keep the team ticking over now,” he told the official website.

“Last season we went on a run that saw us clock up 17 games without losing and so something similar this season would be fantastic.

“We got quite far in the competition last year and it is one that we will be taking seriously again.

“At the end of the road is a final at Wembley and a win tomorrow will set us up nicely for another home match with Dagenham.”

One player that could feature is goalkeeper Paul Smith who looks set to make his debut after his move to Roots Hall last month.

Southend will also have to check on the fitness of winger Kevan Hurst who suffered concussion at the weekend, resulting in the temporary loss of vision in one eye.

Sturrock will have to check again on the fitness of Dave Martin (ankle) and Freddy Eastwood (calf) for the Wombles visit.

“Paul Smith is ring rusty, you can see that in training, but everyday I see a marked improvement in him,” he said before Saturday’s match with Wycombe.

“It is getting near the witching hour to get him back involved and it is a decision I am going to have to make.”

Southend must include in their starting line-up 6 out of the eleven players that started the Wycombe match or include 6 players who have made the most starts this season.

Competition rules also state that only five substitutes can be named on the bench.

Kick-off on Tuesday is at 7.45pm with tickets priced at just £5 for adults and £2 for concessions. Please note only the East Stand is open for home supporters. To purchase your ticket call the Blues Box Office on 08444 77 00 77 or visit Roots Hall in person.

Fans can also get their hands on Tuesday’s matchday programme for free. We are giving away the 16-page special programme free of charge at the turnstiles to all supporters. The programme folds out to produce a fixture poster on one side that can be displayed on your wall for the season.

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