Paul Sturrock: 'Would need a big offer for us to be in anyway interested in moving Anthony Grant on'

Last updated : 20 January 2011 By westfield shrimper
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Sturrock: 'If our home form improves we can really start to move up the table'

Blues boss Paul Sturrock is always good value and it was different on the Luggy and Tara show Wednesday evening on the local radio live fans phone-in.

Plenty of good questions, if little new in the answers but always good to hear, especially after the return of Lee Sawyer, that six-goal, and very influential, Anthony Grant, just might stay and make one hell of a foursome with Craig Easton and Ryan Hall, as good a midfield in League Two as any.

Sturrock told BBC Essex: "We've had no offers for Anthony so far this season. He's played very well for me, I'm very pleased with his approach to the game. We changed his style of play this year and he's got about the goals. It would need a big offer for us to be in anyway interested in moving him on at this time of the season. He's never knocked on my door and said he wants to get away, he's never looked to me in any way other than positively."

That's good stuff to hear, but to break into the play-off zone, as both Luggy and CEO Tara Brady believe is possible, the Shrimpers have to start picking up points at Roots Hall where they have not won since last October, starting with back-to-back games with Bury and Macclesfield Town.

Sturrock told "Our home form has also been a real problem but from the Burton game onwards we've won more games than we've lost and the aim is to now make that continue. For that to happen we simply have to address our form at Roots Hall, especially as seven of our next ten games are at home. Most teams would be licking their lips at that kind of fixture list but not us at the moment."

So what's going to happen on Friday?

The Shrimpers boss continued: "We're all aware of our poor record and we have been trying one or two different things in training which I think will make us a better team at home. I don't want to give too much away about what we're doing but we have been using the same players, just in different ways. I know when clubs have been in these kind of situations before they have tried to make their home games feel like they are still playing away. They will meet up for pre-match meals and travel to the match together on a coach but we haven't got to that stage yet."

Blimey, Luggy would even get relegious to gain three points.

He concluded: "We're working hard to solve this ourselves but I wouldn't rule anything out. Even if I have to get down and pray in both penalty areas I will do because if our home form improves we can really start to move up the table during the second half of the season. At the moment there is an apprehension among players and fans about being at Roots Hall and we need to lose that."

Well, I'm sure the crowd, boosted by the third coming of Lee, will do their bit.


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