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Southend United manager Paul Sturrock delighted with second win in a row
SOUTHEND United manager Paul Sturrock was pleased to see his side record a second successive victory last night.
Blues beat AFC Wimbledon 2-1 in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Roots Hall .
And that delighted the Scotsman.
“Winning football games keeps everyone happy and that is the important thing for us, to build some momentum,” said Sturrock.
“I thought we started the match very, very well and could have had two or three goals inside the first half and hour.
“(Gavin) Tomlin was trying to walk the ball into the back of the net rather than strike it and then we lost our way a wee bit.
“They then scored with their only real chance and in the second half we could have scored a hatful.
“But we huffed and puffed and then sod’s law we changed our style a bit and got the result we need.”
That came when Ryan Cresswell, who was pushed up front late on, headed home a injury time cross from Neil Harris and Sturrock felt that again showed a direct style of play works well at this level.
“The goal proved a point again,” said Sturrock.
“The fans were all singing and dancing in the stands because we’ve got a victory but the win was earned with a goal the supporters would probably label as hoofball – however that doesn’t seem to be a problem right now!
“We got a good result which we’re all very pleased about and I think it was merited too.”