Sturrrock: 'Once we scored we were quite comfortable'; Fairclough: 'We're under pressure now'

Last updated : 29 January 2011 By westfield shrimper
Sturrock: New Shrimpers boss

Sturrock: 'We are moving in the right direction'

Blues boss Paul Sturrock was determined to hang on to the animal theme in his after match summary of the game, which to most observers was a fairly straight forward three points for the Shrimpers.

Sturrock spoke after the match: "Barnet started really well indeed and we were under the cosh for the first 15-20 minutes and we had to weather the storm. I knew that they were going to be a dangerous animal because of the run that they've been on under Paul Fairclough since he got the job, but once we got past the first 25 minutes and got our goal we were quite comfortable."

I think the majority of the travelling faithful would have not called the start a storm, however he remained confident about the following week, as Oxford United and promotion challangers Shrewsbury Town visit Roots Hall.

Sturrock explained: "We got a bit of a break for the second goal but even if we hadn't got that I'm still sure we would've have held out for the win. We are moving in the right direction and we've got two home games coming up against sides in the mid-table that we are looking to gain ground on."

Fairclough: Pleased with effort

Fairclough: 'Made their centre-halves look the best in the world'

Meanwhile, Bees caretaker boss Paul Fairclough felt that one bad result did not throw away all the good work his side have shown since he regained the top job after Mark Stimpson's sacking, this was only their first defeat in five.

Fairclough said after the game: "There were some very good performances out there so I'm not going to let the result drag me down and I'm not going to allow the players to be dragged back down to where they were. The team was in decline and we've arrested it but that's all we've done. They say that goals change games and we should have scored in the first few minutes. I can't account for goals like the second one - it was, dare I say it, schoolboy stuff and that crushed the players. "

Fair enough, and he was determined to remain defiant about the future.

Fairclough continued: I'm not going to let this result unravel all the good work that has gone on over the last four games. After the goal, the possession we had was pretty big but pretty ineffective. We made their centre-halves look like the best in the world because we kept sticking it on their heads - that's not how we have been playing recently. We're under pressure now there is no question about it."

Source of quotes: PA