Sturrock: 'Next time we'll be much healthier'; Yates: 'There was only going to be one winner'

03 November 2010 01:24
Both managers spoke after the game at Whaddon Road Tuesday evening was abandoned due to floodlight failure, but with the Shrimpers losing 1-0 at the time, one was maybe more upset than the other! Sturrock: 'You cannot legislate against a wind like that' Blues boss Paul Sturrock has already made it clear he felt it was the right decision to call off Tuesday evening's game at Cheltenham Town due to a couple of floodlights failing with 24 minutes left on the clock due to the supporters safety. And even though Southend were losing 1-0 at the time the players left the field Luggy felt the game was starting to swing there way. Sturrock told "The was a game dictated by the wind but we were doing better in the second half. You cannot legislate against a wind like that because you couldn't get the ball down and make passes. Blair (Sturrock) forced their keeper in to a terrific save but we live to fight another day and when we come back next time we will be much healthier." Yates: 'I thought we could have waited for 10 minutes' Meanwhile, Robins boss Mark Yates was a little more upset as JJ Melligan's had put his team in poll position as the game entered it's last quarter to be denied the victory when the fuse box caught fire! Yates told "There was only going to be one winner and I'm absolutely gutted for the players, supporters and everyone at the club. We just have to make sure we get three points when we play them again. It's an unfortunate situation and nothing else could be done. It's just that I thought we could have waited for 10 minutes. The lights have gone out and three minutes later the game has been called off. I understand that the supporters have to come first but I thought we could have waited."Well, not if the stand had caught alight Mark but you can understand the frustration.Yates continued: "This was a massive game and three points would have put us right up amongst them. The performance was excellent and some of the football we played in the first half was superb."


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