Sturrock says crowd will be vital

25 September 2009 02:55
Plymouth boss Paul Sturrock believes the club's decision to give away free tickets for Sunday's match against Nottingham Forest will boost his team. Home Park has now sold out for the game after the club offered free tickets for adults bringing children. Sturrock told BBC Radio Devon: "I think the better atmosphere will be better for the team." "I think that it's important that we get as many people inside the stadium as possible and back the side." Plymouth have not won at Home Park since a 4-0 win over Coventry on 11 April, and have only claimed one point at home this season, a 1-1 draw with QPR in August. Sturrock said: "The home support have backed the team until the end of the game or at half-time this season. "They've vented their frustrations then, which is only proper. "Against Watford they got right behind the team in the second-half and that's what I'm very hopeful will happen come Sunday." Strengthening a defence that has leaked 17 goals in his team's first eight games is Sturrock's priority for the visit of Forest on Sunday. "We have got deja-vu most weeks, we look not a bad footballing side but then we shoot ourselves in the foot. "We've got to try and get a settled back four, we've worked very hard on our defenders this week and we're hopeful that the benefits come," Sturrock added. When asked if he had contemplated the effect of a defeat on Sunday, the Scot's answer was short and concise, "no" he replied.

Source: BBC_Sport