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Sturrock: 'Strikers look the weariest of the squad'; Buckle: 'Everybody is desperate to play'

04 Sep 2010 12:19:55

Sturrock: 'Strikers look the weariest of the squad'; Buckle: 'Everybody is desperate to play'

Both managers heve their say before the League Two clash between the United's of Southend and Torquay, and both are happy to have full squads to choose from. Sturrock: 'Closed door friendly Wednesday did a few of the players good with their fitness'If Blues boss Paul Sturrock makes any changes for the big league game with Torquay from Tuesday night's penalty shoot-out victory over Gillingham it's more than likely to be up front, though with the return of right-back Sean Clohessy from suspension Josh Simpson may well return to his normal position in midfield replacing Adam Bouzid.Luggy told www.southendunited.co.uk: "We tried out Adam out wide but he's really a central midfielder and maybe it was a bit unfair playing him there. He played in a behind-closed doors friendly on Wednesday though and that did a few of the players good with their fitness."And as for those forward changes?Luggy continued: "The strikers have suffered the most out of all the players because of all the hard work they've put in during the last few games we've had. I think they look the weariest of the squad, so I will monitor that and see if I need to freshen it up."Expect Matt Paterson to get a start then, even maybe for son of Paul, young Blair, with returning from injury Scott Spencer more likely to be on the bench.Buckle: 'Credit to the supporters as well' Meanwhile, Gulls boss Paul Buckle has to face his side's third away trip on the trot, not easy on the wallet for the Torquay faithful as well, as he also has a full squad to choose from.Buckle told www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk: "We've got a few knocks but everybody is desperate to play. I think knocks become a little bit less sore when you're doing well, so everybody is fighting fit and I'm hoping to have a full squad to pick from at Southend. I'm absolutely thrilled with the effort and determination that has gone in, especially with all the travelling we have done this week. Credit to the supporters as well — we had a really good turnout at Bournemouth but we've got another tough trip tomorrow."But for Buckle it's all about continuing what they've been doing, and as the Gulls have a 1005 record it's obviously the right thing to do!He continued: "I've been encouraging the players to keep doing the right things, and making sure they understand how they've got to this fantastic position. It's our job now to try and maintain it. I believe it's about hard work and keeping doing the right things on the training pitch. In training the players are really at it, really professional, and they are taking that into games."


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