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6 April 2014

The gaffer reflects on the 1-0 defeat to Shrewsbury and looks ahead to Colchester...

Graham Westley declared next Saturday's game against Colchester as a "must win" game, after defeat to Shrewsbury left Boro bottom of the table.

"We put in a massive effort on Tuesday to hold Wolves and it showed on Saturday - Mous missed the game, Darius was forced off and Hessie proved to be exhausted. Shrewsbury have the 9th best defence in League 1 and they were always going to be tough to break down. Results under their new manager have been good and performances have been strong; 0-0 at Wolves and 0-0 at Coventry proved their strength.


Westley acknowledged that Boro probably now need three home wins to ensure safety this season.

"Mistakes are frustrating, especially when they cost. One error isn't going to send me into despair but we know we now have to win next Saturday. That is the consequence of defeat but we had to beat Torquay to reach League 1 so we know all about must win games. There are six places between us and Colchester but it will be only one point with a Stevenage win next Saturday. So the task is simplified. The job is clear."

"I think that is probably fair to say but I am just focused on beating Colchester. Let's just put ourselves back into position and then let's take it from there. This is the time for the whole club to come together again and treat the next game as we would a play-off game. Let's attack it with all our might, unite and give it our collective all. That was nearly enough to see off Wolves so with a week's preparation, let's come off the leash and fire our very best at the game. That will be enough to win."



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