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Sturrock: We must be at top of our game

11 January 2013

Blues boss in bullish mood ahead of Exeter trip

Paul Sturrock says Blues cannot afford to allow a gap to develop between themselves and their play-off rivals.

Blues travel to Exeter City on Saturday, a team who currently sit one place and one point above us in the table, and Paul believes it’s important that they are not four points ahead come 5pm on Saturday evening.

Speaking before the trip to Exeter, Paul said: “We’ve got to get back on the rails in the league. We’ve had two good performances in Cup competitions but we can’t let that distract us from our league form.

“It’s a very difficult place to go. We don’t want to allow a gap to develop between ourselves and the teams in and around us.

“We’re going to have to be at the top of our game if we’re going to get a result on Saturday because they are a good side.

“They have a very good defence, there’s lots of experience at the back and then they have the likes of Cureton and Gower going forward.

“My worry is that we will lose sight of the league. At the end of the day we’re going to be playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday for the next three weeks.

“We’ve got a small squad so we have to watch what we do with the players and how they recover from games.”

Paul also updated us on the injury front, with Britt Assombalonga in a race against time to be fit for Saturday. Britt’s injury has meant Barry Corr has come back into the side, and Paul has been impressed with the striker’s form.

He added: “I think we’ve all agreed that Britt has got a bruised bone of some sort and he is struggling again. They can take a while to heal but we’ll give him every opportunity.”

On Corr, he said: “He was firing on fumes towards the end on Tuesday night but he’s getting there. It’s been a baptism of fire having to play so many games in a short period but he’s done very well and seems to be managing it okay.”

An interview with Paul is available on Blues Player.

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