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Sturrock: Let's get ahead in a game

1 March 2013

Blues boss wants his side to get in front rather than come from behind to win

Paul Sturrock says there was an element of disbelief among the squad after finding out they hadn’t scored a first-half goal in the league since Dagenham & Redbridge on Boxing Day.

That stat is something Sturrock is hoping his side can address against Rotherham United on Saturday in a game the manager has described as ‘crucial’.

Sturrock dispelled the idea the stat has been playing on the players’ minds – as they were only told about it on Wednesday.

He said: “After the result at Barnet the players came in on Wednesday and we sat down and said a few things that needed to be said.

“We’ve got to put that result and performance behind us and put in a good showing against Rotherham on Saturday.

“It’s a crucial game for us, and for them, because we need to get back on the rails in the league and they want to keep the run they have been on going.

“When we spoke on Wednesday I told them the stats about our goals scored in the first-half and they were in disbelief.

“We seem to start games well, just as we did against Barnet on Tuesday, and then concede a sloppy goal.

“Once that happens we are chasing the game and that’s why we score the majority of our goals in the second-half and win 2-1 like we did against Wycombe for example.

“I’m not really sure what needs to change – I just think we need to put the ball in the back of the net. It needs to be addressed though.

“We can’t keep falling behind in games and having to claw our way back, we need to start well and get ahead, especially against Rotherham this weekend.”

Sturrock added that none of the players on the treatment table at the moment will be back in time for Saturday’s clash against Steve Evans’ side.

He said: “Anyone who missed the last game will be missing again on Saturday. We need a settled team as soon as possible but it’s a few weeks away yet.

“When we went on our unbeaten run we had a very settled side and it basically picked itself.

“We’re making drastic changes every game at the moment and it’s certainly not helping.

“But there’s not many games left in the season now so we’ve got to start picking up results, starting on Saturday.” 

An interview with Paul will be available on Blues Player.

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