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7 December 2013

Stevenage manager Graham Westley said his strikers and wide players were crucial in today's FA Cup win over Stourbridge.

Goals from Francois Zoko, Lucas Akins, Luke Freeman and Filipe Morais secured a place in the third round at the expense of their non-league opponents.

The gaffer told Boro Player: "The front four was the difference in the game. They (Stourbridge) could’ve easily been 1-0 up but they missed their moment. When our chances came we hit the back of the net."

Despite the scoreline the game proved anything but a stroll for Boro, particularly in the first half when it took 43 minutes to break the deadlock.


"I think the pressure of needing to win the game was very much there," said Graham. "The lads showed they’ve got some learning to do. If you’re going to win trophies you need to deal with pressure, you’ll have must-win games and you’ve got to win them.

"I don’t think everyone played to their potential today. I had to be very very soft with them at half time to give them a bit of confidence and a bit of composure. 

"In the second half we showed a few moments of quality but overall we weren't in control of the game and we didn’t govern it as we ought to have done."

"We’ll be a lot better going forward as we start to bed down an understanding of pressure and how we deal with it."

For Graham's thoughts on the Michael Doughty substitution, Dean Parrett’s performance, Tuesday’s JPT game at Swindon and what he's looking for in tomorrow’s FA Cup draw, login to your Boro Player account now.

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