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Sturridge: I want a starting spot

Daniel Sturridge wants a Chelsea starting spot after scoring in Wednesday's Capital One Cup clash with Manchester United.

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Sturridge, 23, has become frustrated at the lack of starting opportunities this season but he hopes his second strike of the campaign will change that.

The striker looked rusty early on and let a great chance slip in the opening minutes, which he put down to a lack of match fitness.

"I've been out of any sort starting positions and any substantial minutes so I didn't feel as sharp in front of goal," he told Sky Sports. "When you train you can score as many goals but it's completely different in a game. I'm delighted I scored but I know I need to get sharper.

"I'm really happy the manager gave me an opportunity up front today because that's what I've wanted throughout my Chelsea career. That's probably one of five starts I've had as striker so I'm just really happy he's put faith in me tonight and hopefully he'll do it again in future.

"It's important we came out here with the right attitude because in the previous game the manager emphasised that we didn't start the game well enough. We just wanted to put a smile on the fans' faces again as they were a bit disappointed after the weekend.

"It's always good to not get a difficult side but in this competition it's just one game and anything's possible so it doesn't really matter who we play, we just have to have the right mentality and we could be OK for it."

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