Saturday, September 11, 2010



Paul Sturrock who is probably drinking in the Last Chance Saloon in terms of his coaching career, has done a great job at Southend in double quick time, with no funds or players, he has had to assemble a squad on a shoestring since the off season ( signing 17 players in a couple of weeks !) and his team have improved week by week since then and will have taken a huge amount of confidence in beating league leaders Torquay last week. Where not just the result, but performance was exceptional and if they can continue to build on that a return to League 1 is not impossible. I saw that Anthony Grant has scored in their last two starts, he was here before the new coach arrived, but has obviously flourished again under Sturrock, who is good with man management. Grant was another who almost made it at the top level and played for Chelsea at Old Trafford as a 17 year old before losing his way, still only 22/23 it is still not too late for him and he is another who should flourish at this level. Town have yet to win this season ( four draws) and it is easy to see where the problems lie, they have created a division low 36 attempts on goal and conceding is leaving them with a mountain to climb, they have only kept one clean sheet at home to Accrington and also conceded six in two recent cup ties. Stanley easily frustrated them by playing five across the middle and that is something Sturrock might consider, though United have been lining up 4-1-4-1 recently and it is working well. Point at least for the visitors.

Southend +0.25 ball .....min 1.94
Good Luck.

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