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SMITH: “EARLY EXIT NOT NICE”

5 November 2012

On to Yeovil...

Boro Player spoke to Gary Smith after Saturday’s defeat in the FA Cup and he was clearly disappointed to go out of the competition.

After some historic cup runs in the last two seasons, this year Stevenage bow out in the first round but despite the loss the manager didn’t feel that there was any lack of chances created.

“It was Rotherham’s first half without a doubt” he admitted, before continuing “but it was certainly our second period. The goals that were scored for Rotherham in that second half were against the run of play and their third was very fortuitous, it took a wicked deflection, from 18yards out. When you see the way that the game unfolded and the chances we had that came and went, you have to say that today wasn’t going to be our day, but it was certainly a much better second half that we can use as we move towards Yeovil [on Tuesday].”

Early in the game Boro carved out a great chance when a ball form Darius Charles was flicked into Filipe Morais’ path by Marcus Haber, the Canadian striker received the ball back in the box only for his shot to be saved by the ‘keeper and Smith highlighted it as “the best chance of the opening exchanges”.

He continued “Filipe did ever so well, it was a wonderful square ball, he’s 7 yards out and nine times out of ten, most forwards hit the back of the net there and it gets us off and running.”


Smith watches on as Darius battles at the New York Stadium.

Next up for his side is a trip to Yeovil Town on Tuesday night and Smith conceded that his players need to “regroup and gather themselves” and that it was important that they all “remember what served us well and got us into an extremely good position in the league”.

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