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Sturrock: A very good first-half

6 February 2013

Blues boss pleased, but knows the tie is still in the balance

Paul Sturrock will have around two weeks to prepare his half-time team talk.

Having seen his side win 1-0 at Leyton Orient in the first-leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, Blues now have two weeks to wait before the second-leg at Roots Hall.

And Blues’ manager was keen to emphasise that despite an impressive win, his side are only halfway there; and have another huge 90 minutes in a fortnight.

He said: “I’m very pleased because I thought the whole team worked extremely hard and stuck to the game plan. I said before the game we don’t want to be out of the tie.

“We defended excellently and I said to the lads that we would get that one chance and when we did we had to take it, so I was delighted when Ryan hit the back of the net.

“It’s half-time. There’s still a long way to go but there’s no doubt that this result has given us a real chance. I’m sure Roots Hall will be absolutely packed for the second-leg and hopefully we can get to Wembley.

“I thought we defended really well throughout the game, the back four were excellent. Everyone worked so hard to get the result tonight. The fans certainly helped, for most of the game it sounded like we were the home team.

“Alex Woodyard had a good game in the middile of the park. He’s a young lad but did really well. I thought Ben Reeves did excellently too, he looked to get on the ball and feed Britt. Britt wasn’t at it really in the first 20 minutes of the game but he grew into it and was excellent after that.

“We knew what we had to do tonight, we had to be in the tie, we’ve done a little bit more than that by getting the win so I’m delighted.”

Paul also revealed that midfielder Michael Timlin suffered a suspected broken leg during the game, which was the only dampener on an otherwise excellent night for Blues.

“I’m gutted for the lad because he’s been a real professional and stalwart of the team in recent times, he worked so hard again tonight and always gives absolutely everything,” Paul said.

“All the lads wanted to know how he was as soon as they stepped off the pitch, we have a real togetherness here and hopefully he will make a quick recovery.”

An exclusive interview with Paul will be on Blues Player on Wednesday.

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