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Sturrock: Hold our heads up high

5 January 2013

Blues boss pleased as Blues respond to earn a replay

Paul Sturrock was delighted with the character shown by his side as they battled back from 2-0 down to earn an FA Cup third round replay against Brentford.

Tom Adejemi and an own goal from Ryan Cresswell had put the visitors two up, but a Barry Corr brace earned Blues a replay at Griffin Park.

And Paul was understandably pleased about the way his side responded following the own goal from Cresswell that made it 2-0.

“I’m delighted for the players because they worked extremely hard today and did so well to get back into the game,” he said.

“The last two games have been a blip in form for us, they boys know that. It could have eroded our confidence.

“But the boys came out at 2-0 down with a steep hill to clim and showed they are made of stern stuff.

“We might have even won the game had we taken some of the chances that fell our way, but we live to fight another day.”

Paul introduced Mark Phillips, Alex Woodyard and Barry Corr into the starting XI, and he was pleased with the contribution from all three.

“Barry has had a torrid 18 months so I’m very happy for him that he’s been able to get on the scoresheet twice today,” he added.

“He did exactly what I wanted him to do and got on the end of two crosses.

“Mark was excellent at the back. He was very commanding, won lots of headers and looked to step out from defence.

“And Alex came into the midfield and did very well. His selection was a testament to how well he did earlier in the season.”

Blues will be in the hat for the fourth round tomorrow, and could face a similar situation to that of last season.

“Obviously last year, we had a replay with Oldham knowing the winners would face Liverpool,” added Paul.

“We could be in that situation again. It’s going to be a very tough game, and it will be a special one whoever we get drawn in the fourth round.”

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