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Sturrock praises hardworking Blues

2 February 2013

Blues boss delighted to have made it two wins in a row

Blues boss Paul Sturrock was impressed with his side’s second half performance, as he watched them record a second successive 1-0 win.

Victory at Chesterfield last weekend, thanks to Gavin Tomlin’s 82nd minute winner was followed by a 1-0 victory against Oxford thanks to Ryan Leonard’s 85th minute goal.

And Paul was understandably pleased to have recorded back to back wins, and kept two clean sheets in the process.

He said: “I’m pleased because I thought we worked extremely hard again and ground out the win which was very important.

“I don’t think we played that well in the first half and Paul Smith had to make two excellent saves to help us go in level at half time.

“We were working hard but not really getting in the right positions – I don’t think the wind helped, but in the second half we played much better.

“We were excellent in terms of work rate and the way we tried to get the ball out wide. We worked very well down the right hand side and quite ironically the goal came from a cross from the left.

“It’s a big win for us because we’ve now put two wins together and got two clean sheets which is massively important.”

Sturrock was also pleased to see Ryan Leonard grab the winner and to have Britt Assombalonga and Marc Laird back fit. But he also added it’s a huge blow to lose Gavin Tomlin.

“Gav just moves us up the pitch so it’s a big disappointment to have lost him to injury, we don’t know at this stage how long he will be out injured for,” Paul said.

“I was pleased to see Britt and Lairdy back in action. They both did well but you could see they were tired as the game wore on, that’s why we made some changes.

“And thankfully the changes worked. I thought Ben and Caolan came on and did well and caused some problems and then of course Ryan came on and got the winner.

“It’s a big goal for him. Maybe he didn’t deserve to lose his place in the team but he came on and did well, it was a very good header.

“We’ve got to kick on now and with such a big month ahead it was important to start it in the right way, so to have made it two wins in a row is very positive.”

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