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Sturrock: An excellent cup tie

8 January 2013

Gaffer delighted with penalty win at Oxford United

Paul Sturrock was delighted to see his side progress to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Southern Section final after beating Oxford on penalties in what he described as ‘an excellent cup tie’. 

Having seen six goals shared evenly in normal time it was left to a penalty shootout to decide who faced Leyton Orient in the next round. After substitute Daniel Bentley saved Alfie Potter’s penalty, fellow sub Elliot Benyon stepped up to send Blues’ travelling support of 346 into ecstasy. 

And Paul was understandably delighted. He said: “It’s fantastic. We’re absolutely thrilled to have progressed. It was an excellent cup tie and both sides played their part.

“We started the game well and got an early goal but then Oxford came back into it and were on top for the rest of the half. They deserved to be ahead at half-time.

“But we got into the changing room a goal behind and we changed things. We went to three at the back with Sean Clohessy and Anthony Straker as wingbacks and it worked.

“We looked a threat going forward and it gave Straker and Sean a lot more space out wide – that’s where we are dangerous. Barry Corr up top scored an excellent goal, and Sean’s wasn’t bad either.”

Though excited by the prospect of a two-legged tie against Leyton Orient, Paul has called for focus ahead of the tough away trips against Exeter on Saturday and Brentford in the FA Cup next week.

“Let’s not forget, we have got two big games now so we’ve got to put this win to the back of our minds,” he said. “The boys are delighted to have got through and so am I.

“But we’ve now got to start focusing straight away on Saturday because it’s going to be a tough game against a very good side. The pitch took it out of the players’ legs a bit tonight so it’s important we recover properly.

“The win will of course give us even more confidence heading into these two games which is great, but as I say, we need to remain focused before we start thinking about Leyton Orient.

“I’d just like to add that the fans were absolutely terrific tonight and I hope you’re all there again on Saturday to support the lads.”

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