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Sturrock: The first goal was crucial

19 March 2013

Paul Sturrock felt Blues had to score first in the defeat to Plymouth Argyle

Paul Sturrock admitted that the first goal was crucial as Blues were beaten 2-0 by Plymouth Argyle at Roots Hall on Tuesday night.

With his side struggling at home, the Blues boss felt it was essential that we got the first goal. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen as Plymouth went ahead from the penalty spot.

Sturrock also rued a number of errors in the build up to the conceding of the penalty that Paul Wotton converted for the visitors.

He said: “With the way things are going at the moment, it was absolutely vital that we got the first goal this evening.

“Unfortunately that didn’t come and instead we went behind in a very disappointing manner.

“The lad just burst through a couple of players and then Bilel slid in rather than standing up and we were behind.

“At the moment, we’re making too many simple errors that is costing us massively in games and proving pivotal.

“If we get the first goal tonight, the crowd gets right behind us and roars us on, but as I say we conceded a sloppy goal.

“Then we went all out in search of an equaliser and left ourselves too open too soon I felt.

“We couldn’t see to find that goal, we had a couple of chances but failed to score and then minutes later another error and we’re 2-0 down.”

Paul admitted he was ‘exasperated’ by the defeat and felt it was right to let the players discuss the performance amongst themselves.

He added: “I’m exasperated for everyone that is connected with the Club because it was not good enough out there.

“I went into the changing room and said a little piece, what I felt I needed to say to them.

“Then I left them to it and they spoke between themselves about the performance out there.

“People have seen that there is a very good side in there, some very good players, but we’ve got to pick ourselves up very quickly and go on a run until the end of the season.”

An interview with Paul Sturrock will be on Blues Player on Wednesday.

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