Sturrock says Blues must show respect to Brentford
Paul Sturrock says Blues must put in a professional away performance if they are to beat Brentford in their FA Cup third round replay at Griffin Park on Tuesday evening.
Sturrock has admitted that at times in recent weeks, Blues have gone into away games as if they were the home side. He says that may be down to them having earned the respect of their opponents. But he insists his side must respect League 1 Brentford tomorrow.
Blues’ boss said: “The objective of our game is to be very thoughtful, very solid and to see how the game unfolds.
“We have played a lot of our away games lately like we are at home and all of a sudden it’s left gaps in the wrong areas and left people to do things that they’re not comfortable in doing.
“It’s up to the home team to go on the offence and break you down. There’s not many teams in the land that go away from home and be the attacking team unless you’ve got real quality.
“Brentford are an excellent side who fully deserve to be where they are in League 1. Going forward they are a huge threat so we must show them respect.
“After a long chat about it before training on Monday I hope we can use tomorrow to get ourselves back on track again and put in a good performance.”
A blip in form has seen Blues fail to win in their last five in all competitions, something which Sturrock admits has led to a slight dip in confidence. But he believes, despite being the underdogs, Blues can progress to the fourth round.
He added: “It would have been nice to go into the game with a bit more confidence than we are, but that’s football.
“Brentford have done very well, they’ve had one defeat in 20, which was against us. They haven’t lost at home since August, so everything’s heaped against us at this moment in time.
“They have good players in areas that can score goals, we have to be really solid and organised and play the game we know we can play away from home.
“If we do these things I’m confident we can get a result.”
An interview with Paul is on Blues Player.
By Daryl Hardy