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League Two

Sturrock calls for ruthlessness

2 September 2012

Southend boss Paul Sturrock felt his side made life difficult for themselves as they secured their first League Two victory of the season against Wycombe.

On-loan striker Britt Assombalonga netted his second goal in consecutive matches with a seventh-minute header after Matt Spring cleared Ryan Cresswell's header.

Southend dominated the first half and created a number of chances, but the Essex side were unable to add to that early goal.

Wycombe struggled to make an impact in the first half, but got going in the second half and that made for a tense afternoon for Sturrock.

"We made it difficult for ourselves and missed a couple of good chances to make it 2-0," said Sturrock.

"John Spicer should've scored and when he didn't you start to worry," he added, referring to Spicer's shot early in the second half which was saved by Nikki Bull.

"With the results we've had there's probably a bit of confidence lacking and that showed in the second half. The tempo wasn't right but I was very pleased with the first half and especially how we started."

Gary Waddock was at a loss to explain Wycombe's slow start, something which has dogged them this season.

"The first five minutes cost us when we started slowly again," said the Wycombe boss. "Southend scored and we were chasing the game for the remainder of the half.

"We changed things around to try and get the ball into the forwards' feet because their centre-halves were winning everything in the air. We've just had a discussion about it. Everyone was up for it but they just did not perform. I can't put my finger on it."


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