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28 November 2013

The gaffer speaks about busy weeks, yellow cards and Graham Turner ahead of the home clash with Shrewsbury.

As Boro prepare for Saturday on the back of a Tuesday night loss in Gillingham, gaffer Graham Westley spoke about the high expectations at the club.

“The way the fixtures are panning out is unusual. You get these back to back away games and they’re tough. Tough physically, tough mentally and tough from a preparation point of view.

“I guess if you’re picking up 1.5 points away from home a lot of people will be pleased but I don’t think we are.”

Boro have the worst discipline in the league, topping the division in number of fouls and yellow cards. Boro have a number of players one game away from suspension, and Peter Hartley is out for the match after getting his fifth booking of the campaign against Gillingham.

A number of times this season the gaffer has spoken out about the apparent miss-treatment the team is getting on the pitch and he touched on it again this week.

“What’s proving really difficult is this whole suspension situation and the amount of cards we’re getting. We know the small clubs tend not to get the rub of the green; we also know that reputation precedes you.

“Managers are out there taking about big, physical and strong Stevenage. The reality is we’re Luke Freeman, we’re Fil Morais, and we’re Francois Zoko. We’re smaller, mobile, agile, quick players -nothing like the image which is portrayed.

“We are dependent on our big players at the club and too many of them are receiving too many cards.”

Moving onto speaking about the opposition, he had plenty of praise for Shrewsbury boss Graham Turner.

“He’s won 6 promotions and he’s a wiley character. He’s obviously been around the block and managed some big clubs and it’s surprising really to see talent like his at this level. He’s got a habit of producing sides that play good football and win games. He's never an easy man to pit your wits against."

"But we've been at our best in recent weeks when our focus is on us, on our game, on the way we're going to play and putting our game on the opposition" 

"It's a question of making sure it's a difficult afternoon for them."

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