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Sturrock lauds matchwinners

23 September 2012

Southend manager Paul Sturrock heaped praise on super subs Barry Corr and Freddy Eastwood after they helped his side fight back to beat Exeter 2-1.

The Shrimpers seemed to be heading for defeat when Scott Bennett put the visitors in front at the start of the second half.

But the replacement strikers both netted in the final 12 minutes and that delighted Sturrock.

"They both went on and did well to help us win the game," he said. "It was particularly sweet for Barry to score because he's been out injured for 17 months and the plan wasn't really to include him.

"But being greedy and wanting to get back in the game I threw him on because I knew he was capable of getting on the end of things and that's how it proved.

"We used Freddy in a slightly deeper role and it seemed to suit him quite well. He got better the longer he went on and it was great to see him get the winner.

"Exeter are a good side who have made a good start to the season so this is a really good win for us and I'm delighted by the spirit we've shown again."

Despite the defeat, City boss Paul Tisdale remained in an upbeat mood. He said: "If you look at this objectively then I think you have to say we played well. Of course we're disappointed to have two let goals in, including one from a corner and we're frustrated to have lost the game.

"However, looking at the bigger picture it was another good display and if we keep on playing like this then we will pick up more points.

"That doesn't mean much right now but I can't be too critical of the players because I thought they put in a good performance. "

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