Blues boss slams oldies, praises youth: 'Very disappointed with some of my more experienced players'
By westfield shrimper
Updated Sunday, 27th March 2011
Manager Paul Sturrock felt his understrength side was let down by the older heads left in his depleted squad that lost to Stockport Saturday.
Sturrock: 'Unless we win the last eight games we're going to be in mid-table'
After the 2-1 stoppage time defeat at Edgeley Road Saturday afternoon Blues boss Paul Sturrock was quick to make clear where he believed blame should lie for the result which all but destroyed the Shrimpers play-off hopes yet gave bottom-of-the-table opponents Stockport County something to hang on to in the closing weeks.
Sturrock told the Press Association: "I was very disappointed with some of my more experienced players. Of the young players, I thought Woodyard had a quiet but effective game, it was difficult for (James) Stevens because of the way we played in the first half, but I thought Teddy (Nesbitt) was excellent when he came on in the second half. He got himself stuck in there and he got himself forward, but he's got a lot to learn. It was a real bonus to us to give the young players a run out."
It was indeed, and we can expect to see more of them in the final few games, starting with Aldershot at home next weekend.
Meanwhile, was the loss the final nail in the play-off coffin?
Sturrock confirmed: "We've still got eight games to go but unless we win the eight of them we're going to be in mid-table."