Stevenage captain Mark Roberts spoke to Boro Player this afternoon ahead of the home tie against his former club Crewe Alexandra on Saturday, and he is hoping that the side can improve their home form.
“We have made a good start to the season and want to kick on now. We want to try and replicate our away form and bang some home wins out at the Lamex.”
Trying to explain why he feels that the side have performed better away from home the centre back said “Away teams may come with a different game plan and the emphasis is on the home team to normally attack. When we have played away from home we have tried to take the game to the opposition but we have also been able to hit teams on the counter attack so it’s important we start Saturday on the front foot and get off to a good start.”
Last season Robbo netted seven goals and he is hoping to improve on that this year, however the dubious goal panel seem to be getting in his way! His partner at the back, Jon Ashton, has stated that he wants to score more than Roberts this year and the competition is well and truly on.
“I’m not sure if I’ve got one or two. Hopefully I can continue the goal scoring form and beat my target from last season. I’m not sure why he [Ashton] came out and said that as he’s a long way behind me but hopefully he can get a few goals as well this season! It’s something I try to add to my game I got seven last season so hopefully I can beat that this season.”
Next up is Crewe and Mark spent his early football career with the Alex. Joining the club aged 11 he left in his twenties but it’s a time he remembers fondly. Speaking about his former employers he said “I spent over ten years at Crewe, I was there as an eleven year old, went through the youth system and learnt a lot.
“It seems a long time ago now as that was seven years ago and a lots changed since then. Dario [Gradi] has moved upstairs now and he was someone who played a big part in my career. They have done really well as they got promoted through the playoffs and finished the season really strongly and I’m sure they will have a good season this year.”
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