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Sturrock in disbelief after 3-1 loss

13 March 2013

Blues boss angry with side after they lose 3-1 to AFC Wimbledon

Paul Sturrock was in a state of disbelief after watching his side suffer a 3-1 defeat against AFC Wimbledon at Roots Hall on Tuesday night.

Blues’ manager admitted his side were simply not good enough as they failed to build on Saturday’s excellent 2-1 win at Port Vale.

The result leaves Blues in 10th with nine games left of the season, and Paul believes his side will need to win seven of their remaining games if they are to make the play-offs.

He said: “I was in disbelief. That performance was simply not good enough and we got exactly what we deserved. All over the park, players let themselves down. I have told them to go away and look in the mirror this evening.

“We pick up all these excellent results at the likes of Port Vale, Chesterfield and Rotherham but then when teams in the bottom half of the table come to Roots Hall we seem to just approach the game in a completely different manner, it could well cost us.

“There’s nine games left in the season. I told the players straight after the game that they must now win seven of the nine matches. I believe they are good enough to do that, but we must work hard in training, address a few things and go again on Saturday against Torquay.

“This team is good enough to do that. We went on an excellent run earlier in the season and there is nothing saying we won’t do that again, but it’s got to start on Saturday because time is running out.”

Paul praised the fans who had got the game on, and apologised for the performance the players put in on the pitch.

He added: “The fans did absolutely brilliantly to get the game on, I can’t believe they actually managed to get it done. We wanted to repay them tonight with a good performance and three points but we didn’t, I can only apologise for that.

“We will speak on Wednesday and discuss a number of things that we need to address before the game against Torquay on Saturday.”

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