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Sturrock's Corr tribute

22 September 2012

Manager Paul Sturrock paid tribute to striker Barry Corr after his sides 2-1 win against Exeter City on Saturday.

Forward Corr came off the bench to make his first appearance in 17 months after a torrid time with injuries. 

And after scoring the equaliser with nearly his first touch, Sturrock was delighted for the Irishman. 

“Barry Corr unleashed 17 months of aggression with that header,” Sturrock told the official website. 

“He’s nowhere near fit but a 20-minute cameo is ideal for him at the moment. 

“You have to give him credit where credit is due as he is hurting all over but he is prepared to die for the cause. 

“I wanted him to taste the atmosphere and do the warm-up. His back actually spasmed a bit in the warm-up so he had to have a bit of a stretch in the treatment room. 

“I was thinking about giving him ten minutes only if the circumstances were correct but you know what football is like. 

“You get greedy and want to chase the game and put people on the park who can score goals and low and behold he goes and does it. 

“I’m so chuffed for him.” 

Blues battled back from a goal down against Exeter City to secure their fifth win in seven matches. 

That saw them move up to eighth in npower League Two, outside the play-off places on goal difference alone. 

“I thought it was a very good game as both teams are very decent sides,” he said.

 “The two teams played at a high tempo and sometimes football is a crazy game. 

“I thought Freddy got better as the game went on and I was also very pleased with the goalie as I thought he had a competent performance.” 

As we’ll as Corr’s return Blues were also able to welcome back Luke Prosser and Ryan Leonard from injury. 

Whilst Prosser started in place of the injured Mark Phillips in the centre of defence, Ryan Leonard was introduced into action as a second half substitute. 

And after the pair returned to the squad Sturrock hopes to have some old, along with some new, faces in action at Plymouth in seven days time. 

“Cresswell was struggling before the game but he soldiered on and Gavin Tomlin and Mark Phillips have groin problems,” he said. 

“I think Paul Smith should be OK for next weekend at Plymouth but it will be up to him if he wants to play or not. 

“We are also working to see if there is something we can bring in before the next game but at this juncture, as Prosser and Leonard were ok today, so might Tomlin and Phillips be for next week.”

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