Southend United manager Paul Sturrock leaves players to talk over defeat to Plymouth Argyle (From Echo)
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Southend United manager Paul Sturrock leaves players to talk over defeat to Plymouth Argyle
SOUTHEND United manager Paul Sturrock left his players in the dressing room to discuss what went wrong after Tuesday night's dire 2-0 defeat against Plymouth Argyle.
Blues were again well below their best when faced with a side fighting against relegation at Roots Hall.
And Sturrock felt the squad would benefit from speaking among themselves.
“They've had the same voices speaking at them for a while now so they were in the changing room on their own after the game to talk about what they think went wrong out,” said Sturrock.
“I want a few home truths to be spoken and for them to get to the bottom of what they think is going on.
“Are they training too much or too little and what do they think can be done to put things right.
“I will be interested to hear what they came up with but I'm exasperated, just like everyone else connected with this football, following a performance like that.”
Blues conceded twice in the second half to remain eighth in the League Two play-offs.
And Sturrock is now demanding an immediate improvement from his side.
“Our season is fizzling out at the moment and we have to stop that happening,” said the Blues boss.
“We still have 21 points left to play for and we want to get as many of them as we can.
“We also need to try and get some confidence back in to our game before the JPT final but we also need to try and get ourselves healthy again.
“I'm not making excuses but during the last month it's been impossible to work on team shape or to get organised because players have been coming in and out of the side.
“They've been coming off the treatment table the day before a game or the morning of a match and we've had a different defence for about five matches running now which makes things very difficult indeed.”