Boro Player spoke to manager Gary Smith today, ahead of the visit of Crawley Town this weekend, and although he is looking to improve the home form, he admitted that Stevenage are a club on the high
Going into the game Smith is feeling confident, and said that recent form helps his side. “That’s three now unbeaten and more importantly, against two of the top six form sides in Bournemouth and Tranmere, we’ve managed to be a lot more competitive, show a better composure to the side and fluency in our play and whilst the weekend didn’t necessarily show those qualities we were able to keep a clean sheet and score two at the other end so there were some encouraging signs again. Once we get beyond Crawley at the weekend we are almost into the Christmas period where we’ve got the rapid fire of five games in two weeks and a lot of points to play for.”
Stevenage’s most recent fixture yielded three points, but despite the win it wasn’t quite the performance that Smith expects from his side.
“I think the game at Hartlepool was on the back of a weekend off, we’d had a lot of games prior to that, the guys had gone through a process of rest and recovery, to get over a few injuries and some hard work as well in there, almost a mini pre-season to keep everyone on their toes. Then we went into a match day and sometimes you can get bit of rust that gathers around the boots but the result was the most important thing.”
Looking at this weekend’s opposition, the manager admitted that he feels that there will be pressure on Crawley for a promotion push this year, and after seven games without a victory that wouldn’t have helped matters.
“There were lots of changes after the promotion, good investment into the team and I suspect one of the sides that felt they were capable of back to back promotions – certainly being in that top six and fighting for a promotion.
“I don’t think there is any reason to suspect otherwise at the moment, they’ve gone through a little bit of a difficult patch, I think its seven without a win, but they’re a real competitive side and have some good footballers in the team. They’re the sort of team that I would imagine are looking forward to being in the mix at the end of the season so it’s quite a big challenge at the weekend.”
Stevenage go into the tie with the second best away form in the division but have one just three of ten games at home. That is something that the manager wants to change, and he is hoping that will start this Saturday.
“For us, we are still trying to find that fluid form at home and some results that get the fans behind us and make us feel a little more positive about the position that we’re in because we’re sitting fifth in the league, three points off the top, there’s plenty to be confident about, I do think that at home there is still a little bit of negative air.”
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