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Boss admits Blues couldn't handle Bees

16 January 2013

Paul Sturrock says his side were second best at Griffin Park

Paul Sturrock praised Uwe Rosler’s Brentford side as they beat Blues 2-1 in the FA Cup third-round replay at Griffin Park last night.
Blues were pegged back for large portions of the match and Brentford could well have been further ahead but for the heroics of goalkeeper Paul Smith.

Sturrock said: “The best team won, they are a very, very good side and they proved that tonight. They played some very good attacking football.
“In the first half we were nowhere near the standards we can achieve, we were second best and that is not good enough. 
“I was more pleased with the second half, we were more dangerous and got ourselves into the right areas but the injuries didn’t help. Both Ryan and Kevan had to come off with knocks.

“But Brentford proved exactly why they are sitting so high in League 1. They were on top for most of the game and would have scored many more had it not been for our goalkeeper.”
Sturrock was full of praise for Smith, who spectacularly saved a penalty that looked destined for the top corner and made several other stops to keep his side in the third-round tie.
He added: “Paul played phenomenally, he’s a good goalkeeper, I don’t think it’s a lack of confidence, he’s a quiet guy. 
“He’s saved a penalty and made five or six other great saves. He had something to prove but there were too many shots coming in from all over the pitch.

“That’s a slight worry for us, but as I say, Paul was terrific tonight and deserves the plaudits for his performance.
Blues, despite their FA Cup exit, still have a lot to play for this season and their attention now turns back to League 2 action on Saturday.
Sturrock said: “We live to fight another day, we still have the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy but the most important aspect of all is getting our league form back.
“We have to get back to winning ways. I’d like to get settled in the mind, get cleaned up again and get on the training ground and get things sorted. 
“We’re not doing the things we were earlier in the season.”

Paul's interview is available on Blues Player.

by Daryl Hardy

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