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Sturrock: It's in our own hands now

11 March 2013

Sturrock believes if Blues can improve at home, and against sides fighting for relegation, they can finish in the play-off places

Paul Sturrock was back on the training ground today, determined to ensure his side approach Tuesday night’s home game against AFC Wimbledon in the same way they did against Port Vale on Saturday.

Sturrock listened to Saturday’s excellent 2-1 win via the commentary on Blues Player, and was delighted with the result.

He now hopes Blues can take that into Tuesday’s game against a struggling AFC Wimbledon.

Having seen his side struggle both at home, and against teams in the bottom half of the table, Sturrock says he and the players will be doing all they can to change that over the next week, with three home games coming up.

He said: “I’ve looked at our remaining games and I think we only play one of the top 10 during our remaining fixtures.

“It’s in our hands in my opinion, but we haven’t done very well against the lower teams so far this season.

“We haven’t been great at home either so these three games coming up could well shape our season.

“I listened to the game on Saturday and it sounded as though the work rate from the whole team was excellent.

“We’ve got to show more of the same against AFC Wimbledon tomorrow because we’ve got to kick on now.

“There’s still 10 games left of the season for us, that’s a lot of points. If we can get our home form right, then I’m sure we can get back in to the play-offs.”

Paul admits not being at the game was slightly frustrating, and at 2-1 he found it difficult to listen to the radio.

“I had to do a couple of laps of the garden when it was 2-1, it’s always worse when you’re not at the game.

“I’m still not 100% but I can’t wait to be back in the dugout on Tuesday night.”

Sturrock added that Marc Laird is back in training and could be available for Saturday, while Gavin Tomlin could also resume training towards the end of the week.

“It’s good news that they are on their way back, they are two big players for us,” Sturrock said.

“Unfortunately Mark Phillips and Chris Barker are still some way off being fit again.”

An interview with Paul will be available on Blues Player.

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