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Sturrock savours sinking Seasiders
Published : 05 Apr 2009 11:45:56
The Pilgrims are now four points clear of the relegation zone in the Championship, and Sturrock is calling for another victory in next week's home match against Coventry to further ease their fears. His team dominated the first half but were pressed back after the break as Blackpool, in blustery conditions, looked the more likely winners. However Gary Sawyer silenced the home support when he converted Paul Gallagher's free-kick in the 86th minute. Sturrock said: "The pitch and wind were always going to be a factor in this game and we had to adapt to that. "Paul Gallagher produced some quality play today and forced Blackpool into giving away a lot of corners. He proved very good at set-pieces. "Our front two were always causing problems and that was nice to see. "Survival is now in our hands. Our away form has been championship-winning. "Other results have gone our way and it will be nice to pick up another three next week which should see us in the clear." With Barnsley drawing against Nottingham Forest, and both Southampton and Norwich losing, Sturrock was spot-on with his assessment of how Plymouth's rivals had fared. Plymouth are now just one point behind 18th-placed Blackpool, whose caretaker manager Tony Parkes remains confident his team will survive. Charlie Adam and Brett Ormerod had goals disallowed in the second half for Blackpool, however Parkes had few complaints and demanded his players lift themselves for a derby next week. Parkes said: "We started very slowly and did not get into the game - we got what we deserved. "We defended corners very well but gave far too many of them away. We didn't play well at all. "We have always been in the relegation mix but it would have been nice to have taken some points today. "We will have to look at the disallowed goals but I don't think the players had too much to argue with. "We are disappointed but we need to get down to business as we look to local rivals Preston next week. We are still in a decent position and I'm sure we can get out of this mess."