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Sturrock: 'Need to win every game'; Holdsworth: 'They're a big club with a lot of expectancy'
Published : 01 Apr 2011 22:52:04
Both Southend United manager Paul Sturrock and Aldershot boss Dean Holdsworth had their say before Saturday's League Two clash at Roots Hall. Sturrock: 'Bilel is a bit behind the others'You've got to give it to old Luggy; Blues boss Paul Sturrock is trying to remain positive after a poor run of one win in seven games sees his side drop down to 14th place and nine points off the play-off positions.Most of the Shrimpers faithful have long accepted the inevitable after they didn't see any new signings, for whatever reason, to back the depleted squad that Luggy had to put up with.Sturrock told www.southendunited.co.uk: "I'm certainly not giving up on this season. We probably need to win every game to stand a chance now of making the play-offs but we're not giving up on that. Aldershot have won a few recently so it won't be an easy game but we have a few players back now so we will wait and see."Indeed Luggy does have back three of the long list of limping Shrimpers that will be watching the Shots game Saturday afternoon from the stand; so applause please for the return of utility man, not that we've seen much of him playing anywhere to decide what position he's best in anyway, Miguel Comminges, star youngster Kane Ferdinand, and top scorer Barry Corr.Reasons to be cheerful then; one, two, three.Sturrock continued: "We should have those three available and that's a real boost for us at the moment with the problems we've had. Miguel trained Thursday and we will have to see how he reacts but Kane is definitly back and so is Barry. We put him on the bench at Stockport in the hope he might be able to play 10 minutes at the end but he wasn't able to do that. He's feeling much better now though and it's good to have him back."Hear, hear on that, you tend to miss strikers who have smacked in 18 goals in a season, so far.So what about the influential Bile Mohsni then, missing with an ankle injury since limping off against Shrewsbury Town last February.Sturrock concluded: "Bilel is a bit behind the others but we will just have to wait and see what happens in the next couple of days with him. It would be great to have him back but we won't be rushing him before he's ready."Expect to see him on the subs bench then!The fit trio, hopefully:www.southendunited-mad.co.uk/news/tmnw/ferdinand_corr__comminges_back_for_aldershot_clash_shrimpers_injury_update_663216/index.shtml Holdsworth: 'Expectancy has been turned around and we've raised the bar'It's been 21 years since an Aldershot side of any description visted Roots Hall, and that one got hit for double figures!Shots boss Dean Holdsworth, who has done a decent job since he took over in the new year, his side have only lost once in 12 games and unbeaten in the last seven, is not expecting that again, more the single goal defeat they inflicted on the Shrimpers back at the start of the season!Holdsworth told www.theshots.co.uk: "The score won't be 10-1 on Saturday, but I'd be more than happy happy with another 1-0 win!" More likely 1-1; the Hampshire club have drawn an amazing eight times in that 12 match run, but last tasted defeat at Port Vale, 2-1, on Saturday, February 26th. As with Luggy, the former Wimbledon striker, he's actually signed with a pretty impressive 16 clubs, a Drew 2 in fact, is still hoping for a top seven finish though they have only on epoint more than Southend, and have played a game more.Holdsworth said: "The most important thing for us is that we're not mathematically out of the play-offs and it's important that we maintain our form, we had a great seven games in March and we want to carry that on. When I came to the football club, there was a lot of negativity around the place and I think that's been lifted and now the expectancy has been turned around and we've raised the bar."He's done a good job, no doubt about that, but what about their weekend rivals from the south-east of Essex?Holdsworth revealed: "We've had Southend watched when they beat Hereford and they're a good club and a big club and there is a lot of expectancy as well. Its going to be a tough competition - they're capable of scoring goals and they're also capable of letting in goals so if we go there with the right game plan and right attitude, we'll come away with something I'm sure."Well, nice of Deano to say, but we don't feel very big at the moment!Aldershot from: Jamie Young, Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz, Ben Herd, Simon Grand, Luke Guttridge, Anthony Straker, Darren Jones, Anthony Charles, Ben Harding, Danny Hylton, Manny Panther, Aaron Morris, John Halls, Peter Vincenti, Clayton Fortune, Jermaine McGlashan, Wade Small, Luke Medley, Alex Rodman, Damian Spencer, Adam Mekki and Tim Sills.13Aldershot Town3977620225952224121611424652-414Southend United388563127649222114915534851+5The S24 Preview: www.southendunited-mad.co.uk/roll/ed61/southend_united_v_aldershot_town_662880/index.shtml