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SMITH PLEASED WITH PERFORMANCE

23 September 2012

Boro Player spoke to Gary Smith after he saw his side let a lead slip late on at Doncaster Rovers, but maintain their unbeaten run and extend it to eight games.

When asked how he felt having not clinched all three points Smith replied “We’re very disappointed in there. Nevertheless it was a particularly good effort, a very disciplined effort, and I thought that we also showed a real creative side to us on more than one occasion and we thoroughly deserved our point. 

Pointing to the decision to award a free kick which led to the equaliser the manager said “We may well have gone away with all three but for a questionable decision” and continued “We’re a long way away on this side of the field however Greg Tansey’s body shape suggests to us that he is shielding the ball to try and work an angle and play out down the line.

“I thought Greg played the ball and worked it down the line and I think that I’m going to be vindicated with that when I see where the ball goes after the challenge. It’s a soft free kick and one that we didn’t need to concede given the pressure that we were under aerially.”

Smith made some unexpected changes to the Stevenage line-up prior to the game, the most fruitful of which being a first league start for Oliver Risser. The on-loan Swindon man netted the opener and his first for the club with a first half header the manager spoke about the midfielder after the game.

“I thought Oliver’s inclusion helped enormously. He was a good screen for the centre backs and of course, scoring the goal as well is the icing on the cake.”

To see the full interview, including his thoughts on Marcus Haber’s afternoon again some big centre backs as well as another strong performance from Miguel Comminges, join Boro Player now! 

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