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Sturrock: That'll lift our confidence

26 January 2013

Paul Sturrock says win will lift spirits among Blues' squad

Blues boss Paul Sturrock believes the win at Chesterfield will give his side the perfect dose of confidence they needed.

Gavin Tomlin’s goal sealed a hard-fought win, and while Paul admitted a draw would probably have been a fair result, he was delighted to see his side get back to winning ways.

“I didn’t think in the first-half that our shape was working and Chesterfield were finding a bit too much space,” he said. “We changed that after half-time and it worked better.

“The lads were terrific in their work rate and I’m delighted for them that they’ve got back to winning ways because it was important.

“Their confidence has been a bit low recently because we haven’t had the luck and we’ve suffered some disappointing defeats, but that game has put us back in it.

“To get the win was important. We’ve said how the league is our priority so it was vital that we got back to winning ways and now we can take that confidence into the Oxford game.

“I decided not to make any changes because the shape was working and the lads were working hard. 

“Had I changed something they might not have known who to pick up so I didn’t want to disrupt anything and we got the rewards.”

Sturrock was also pleased to see Tomlin get on the scoresheet. He added: “He played today with a slight knock to his foot so all credit to the lad. 

“He had a chance in the first-half and the goalkeeper made a good save.

“But he’s confident in front of goal and it was a good finish. The celebrations were great and then we held on very well. 

“It’s a big three points and will make the journey home that much easier.”

An exclusive interview with Paul will be on Blues Player.

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