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League Two

Sturrock seeking home comforts

21 November 2012

Southend boss Paul Sturrock watched his side rack-up a second four-goal win on the road in as many matches at AFC Wimbledon - then challenged his troops to repeat the trick on home turf.

Fresh from notching twice in a 4-1 win over Torquay on Saturday, Gavin Tomlin's double helped the Shrimpers to a comfortable win. Ryan Cresswell and Barry Corr were the other goalscorers as Southend - inspired by the performance of Kevan Hurst - made it six games unbeaten and took their tally to 10 away goals in their last three matches.

"It's important that we turn around our home form," said Sturrock. "It's been very disappointing and we're only just starting to get ourselves together because we've got a settled side."

He added: "We've just got to churn these results out, we've got to turn goalless draws at home into wins, and if we can do that the confidence will rise throughout the whole team.

"This was great for our goal difference - last year we had a bit of a lead but slipped up, but this year we're doing nicely and getting better.

"I think we're starting to see what Kevan (Hurst) can do, I'm very pleased for him as his set pieces were right on the money this evening.

"But everybody is happy in the changing room after this win and I'm pleased with all the players as they have showed fantastic spirit in recent weeks."

Meanwhile, Dons boss Neal Ardley had some harsh words for his side - accusing them of selfishness, saying: "Too many players were playing for themselves. I need to sit down with the players and get them to respond - I've told them they need to look at themselves.

"What happened in the second half was unacceptable. We worked hard on set-pieces in the week, talking about how their defenders were a threat from them. As manager I take the rap for that, but I don't think the boys did what I asked of them."

"We had 10 on the injury table, but I'm not going to hide behind that because the performance was unacceptable - too many players underperformed."

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