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Chance to re-charge the batteries

18 January 2013

Paul Sturrock speaks following the postponement of Blues' game with Plymouth

Paul Sturrock believes that while he was looking forward to facing his former club, the postponement of Saturday’s game against Plymouth will give Blues all-important rest ahead of a gruelling February schedule.

Saturday’s game fell foul to the cold snap that has hit the country as the pitch covers, which had been on all week, were unable to stop the ground from becoming frozen.

And while Blues boss Sturrock was gearing himself up to face his former employer, he says the postponement will offer an opportunity for players to return to full fitness as well as giving time for new signing Michael Spillane to get to know his new team mates.

Sturrock said: “It is disappointing to have the game called off because we’re desperate to get back to winning ways in the League and try to put the FA Cup defeat behind us.

“Unfortunately that will have to wait another week now because we haven’t got a mid-week game either next week. We’ve now got lots of time to prepare for a tough trip to Chesterfield.

“In some ways, the postponement is a benefit in kind. We’ve got quite a few injuries at the moment and they wouldn’t have been available for Saturday (Marc, possibly Kevan and Ryan).

“So in that sense it’s good. And it will also give us time to allow Michael to settle in and get to know everyone. Sometimes it’s difficult going straight into a side after a couple of days.

“The overriding factor though is one of disappointment because we’ve prepared for the game and I know the fans were looking forward to being back at Roots Hall.”

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