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Sturrock 'frustrated' after 1-1 draw

4 March 2013

Blues boss believes his side still have enough to get to the play-offs

Paul Sturrock cut a frustrated figure on Saturday after watching his side draw 1-1 with Rotherham United at Roots Hall.

It could have all been so different, had Blues managed to defend a long ball into the box in the dying embers of the game.

It was a scrappy goal, but an equaliser nonetheless, and it meant Blues slipped to six points off the play-off spots with 11 games left to play in the season.

The result left Sturrock to rue a number of chances that Blues had failed to take in the second-half as they looked to put Rotherham to the sword.

He said: “I’m frustrated and so are the players because we really needed the win today and to hold out and get the three points.

“It was a fantastic goal from Kevan and for most of the second-half we were the team on top in the game.

“We had some chances, Britt was unlucky not to score in the first-half and then in the second Bilel had a chance, so did Lund, but we just couldn’t score.

“Then they grab a late goal that we should do much better with, it was a very disappointing goal to concede having done so well in the second-half.”

Sturrock admits that his side’s failure to score in the first-half of matches is becoming a problem.

“It’s not helping our cause,” he said. “Is it playing on the minds? I’m not so sure because they only found out this week.

“But it’s something we have to address. Britt almost scored in the first-half and it was only a great save that stopped him from doing so.”

With 11 games left of the season, Sturrock is hopeful that Blues can start to find the net in the opening 45 minutes of matches – and push back up towards the play-offs.

“There’s still time,” he said. “But we can’t have anymore slip-ups now. We should have seen out the game, but we didn’t.

“We’ve got some big games coming up, Port Vale will be very tough but then we have three home games.

“We need to pick up points quickly and get back in the play-off places. It’s going to be tough but we can do it.”

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