Manager Paul Sturrock plays down Southend United run

Paul Sturrock
Sturrock's side were last beaten on 10 September by Swindon Town

Southend United manager Paul Sturrock is refusing to pay too much heed to his side's 16-game unbeaten run.

Saturday's 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers, which kept them top of League Two, meant the Blues have not lost in all competitions since early September.

"I don't want to look at the run," he told BBC Essex. "We've got two cup ties coming up.

"Yes it is a great run we're on but I still want to be in these two trophies after the next two games."

Southend host Oldham in the second round of the FA Cup on Saturday before facing Swindon, who are the last side to beat Sturrock's men, in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern semi-final.

"They're both at home and I want to work on things in these two games as well that might benefit us in the league," Sturrock continued.

"We're not going to win every football game. We've known that for however long the run has been going.

"A high percentage of the players that have been playing regularly will get Monday off. The rest will do them the world of good."

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