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Sturrock: We deserved something

16 February 2013

Blues boss felt his side deserved at least a point after battling display

Paul Sturrock felt his side deserved to take something as a 90th minute goal condemned Blues to a 2-1 defeat against Northampton.

Sturrock was impressed with the efforts of his side, especially in the second-half, after Bilel Mohsni had been sent off just before the half-hour mark.

Sturrock said: “I feel sorry for my players because they put absolutely everything in to that performance and deserved to get something from the game.

“They worked extremely hard and were probably the better team despite them having a man advantage.

“In some ways you probably couldn’t tell which side had ten and which side had eleven during the second 45 minutes.

“I thought we started well, and missed a couple of good chances before they took the lead which I was disappointed with.

“We’ve worked hard on picking up the second balls and we didn’t do that for their goal.

“I thought after the sending off we were feeling sorry for ourselves and we had to respond so the half-time break was good.

“Bilel was playing very well up until that point and he’s just gone in over the top, it certainly wasn’t a malicious challenge but you can’t do that in football nowadays.

“It’s tough to take defeat having played so well in the second-half but that’s football and we’ve now got a big game on Wednesday night.”

Sturrock admits he’s not sure as to whether any of Blues’ injured players will be available on Wednesday meaning that Barry Corr may fill in at centre-back again – just as he did against Northampton.

“I thought Barry did very well when he went to centre-back,” Paul added. “There was no-one else to go there so he had to.

“He did very well but it’s a big ask to play him there against Leyton Orient on Wednesday night, but with the injury situation he may well have to.

“I don’t think any of them will get back to fitness for Wednesday but we will have to wait and see.

“I was impressed with Matthew Lund, I thought he had a very good debut and it would have been fitting if he was to have got us something from the game.

“We’ve had to bring in three or four young lads because of the injuries and it takes time, but we’ve got to make sure we’re 100% on Wednesday night because we all know it’s a massive game for the Club.”

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