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Sturrock: We deserved something

2 January 2013

Gaffer rues poor first-half as Blues slide to second defeat in a row

Blues boss Paul Sturrock felt his side deserved something for their second-half display as they lost 1-0 to Gillingham at Roots Hall.

The Gaffer admitted the first half performance was not up to standard, but believes Blues were worthy of at least a point for their spirited second-half showing.

An early goal was enough to seal the win for the visitors, despite Blues going close through Kevan Hurst, Britt Assombalonga and Barry Corr twice.

Paul said: “There is no excuse for the first-half performance because it simply wasn’t good enough.

“We changed things for the second-half and I thought Barry offered us something different than what we had before.

“There were lots of chances for us, we were camped in and around their box for most of the second-half and I can only remember Paul Smith making one save and once they hit the post.

“It just didn’t seem to fall for us, they may well have been further ahead at half-time but in the second it was all us and we deserved something.”

Sturrock believes that bit of extra rest ahead of the game helped Gillingham make that flying start, but he isn’t making any excuses. The manager also added that he won’t be making radical changes for our two upcoming cup matches.

“They maybe were a bit fresher at the start of the game, but that’s not an excuse,” he said.

“We knew we had to go out there and make a great start to the game and unfortunately we didn’t do that. Someone has held their hands up for the error that led to the goal.

“The two cup matches have probably come at a good time for us but we won’t be making major changes because I want a solid and consistent team.”

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