Boro boss Graham Westley spoke to Boro Player today as his side prepare for the trip to Swindon Town this weekend, and also looked back on a win and defeat in the last two fixtures.
He saw his side kick off their League One campaign with an entertaining but ultimately disappointing 3-4 defeat at the Lamex Stadium against Oldham Athletic, before knocking Championship side Ipswich Town out of the Capital One Cup to earn an away trip to Everton. Looking back on those two games he described a team that are still learning.
“You’ve got be level-headed in defeat and you’ve got to be level-headed in victory so we always try to make sure that we react in a constructive way, whatever the outcome of a game is in result terms.
“On Sunday morning we were dusting ourselves down and working out what we needed to do to make sure we could give a better account of ourselves on Tuesday, and [Wednesday and Thursday] morning we were dusting ourselves down and working out what we need to do to give a better account of ourselves at the weekend.”
This week it’s the journey west to Swindon and when asked if he felt the team may need to be brought back to ground after victory over higher league opposition just three days ago Westley responded; “I think we’re experienced as a management at these types of scenarios, fortunately.
“We stuttered when we beat Newcastle, we turned up at Chesterfield on the Saturday and got done, so we know that one swallow doesn’t make a Summer. You don’t, because you done something good last week, earn the right to go and do something good next week. But I think there are enough experienced lads in the camp who know that you only win a football match by getting ready for it and our focus from 10o’clock on Tuesday night was about enjoying overnight the sense of victory, because you win so that you can enjoy it, and then about preparing ourselves mentally for the game in hand.”
The manager continued, “I had a lot of conversations with players on Wednesday and those conversations were all about improvements that we thought they and we could make and that gave me the sense that the players focus is in the right place. We’ve got medal winners here and medal winners know that you’ve got to keep winning to win medals. “
He concluded, “Getting carried away with yourselves through one good result wins you absolutely nothing in football, apart from the opportunity to fall back down to earth with a crash.”
Watch the full interview now on Boro Player.