Interview : Paul Sturrock : 20/10/2015
Paul Sturrock Speaks To BBC Somerset After The 0-1 Defeat Against Mansfield
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Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, after his side had lost 1-0 against Mansfield Town on Tuesday 20th October 2015.

CS: Paul, as defeats go, that must be one of the hardest ones to take - the tenth minute of stoppage time when they scored.

PS: The players are a bit down obviously. They worked hard today - very hard. To be fair, I didn't think we were that out of sorts with our positioning. But scoring goals is what it's all about, and that's something that we haven't done on a regular occurrence. At the end of the day it would have been nice to have taken a point. I think we may have had a point, but football has a way of kicking you up the bum when you're down.

CS: How frustrated are you that it's the tenth minute of stoppage time when Reggie Lambe popped up with the winner?

PS: Arthurworrey goes off injured and he's part of the catalogue of injuries followed by the next injury, then you can't legislate for that. I thought the back four played very well and were very solid for most of the game, but then obviously a cross comes into the box and it lands on somebody's head. There's not any words that can adequately explain how everybody feels at the moment.

CS: You mentioned the fact that your side didn't score tonight, yet you went two up front. On the face of it that was more positive. But what can you do to try to get more goals from this team?

PS: I've got one more loan and that's an area that we're going to have to strengthen. I think for everyone that is glaringly obvious. We're asking for a lot of pressure on players coming back, for the Comptons and Dawsons, who are very positive players - even Omar Sowunmi to be fair has been missed, as far as his prescence has been concerned. So I'm going to look for a forward in the next couple of days and hopefully have a man for Saturday.

CS: Is any one of those injured players likely to be back by the weekend?

PS: No.

CS: The situation now, with losing tonight, and with Dagenham picking up a point, how big is Saturday? You called it two cup finals, so how big is Saturday now?

PS: The important thing is not so much Dagenham now, as Dagenham (and Newport) are all on equal points now. It's about getting the two wins on the bounce that kick-starts your season. We're playing Cambridge which is another difficult game again, but I'm glad that they're coming thick and fast. We'll dust ourselves down - we can only look forward now - there's no point in looking backwards. I think that if we look backwards then the confidence will just seep out of the team. We've got to rest a few and get ready for Saturday.

CS: You're obviously an experienced manager. You must have had situations like this in the past. What's the key to turning this around?

PS: Get healthy; get a couple of results under our belts. I think that's the key to it all. We'll move some of the players on, and try to get some new players during the window, and bite and scratch until we do get the players back healthy, and try to pick up as many points as possible.

CS: How important is it to turn this around quickly. What are the owners saying to you?

PS: Well at the end of the day, obviously the more defeats that you have, the more teams that distance themselves from you. We don't want that happening. If it's going to be a rate race down at the bottom then we want six or seven other teams to be in that fight. Three points would be invaluable for us at this minute in time. So we've got a game at home on Saturday to try to get that.

CS: With it being a home game, you spoke before the game about engaging the fans and getting the fans back. The crowd dropped below 3,000 tonight. How important is it to give these home fans something to grasp onto?

PS: Well we don't come out here to lose. I think everyone has seen that they've given everything that they've got. Saying that, some of them are a bit disappointed with their performances tonight. But as a team and as a unit, I thought we were very solid and well organised. It's just the icing on the cake - if all of a sudden the Dawsons, the Comptons and the Sowunmis and whoever we're bringing in, and we can then get a settled team on the football pitch. With a healthy team on the football pitch, I'm confident that we will turn results around. But the more times that we get kicked in the teeth like tonight, then it does erode confidence.

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