Improvements within results, performances and belief are apparent for Stevenage, although the gaffer knows the team need to continue improving in order to ensure League 1 safety at the end of the season. Speaking ahead of tonight's game with Preston, GW made it clear that there is still a huge amount of work to do.
“I think we started the season with 5 points from 10 games, we’ve just had a run where we’ve won 16 points from 10 games. So, 0.5 points per game has become 1.6 points a game which is a big improvement, and that 10 game form in encouraging. It’s up to us to do what we did when we were struggling earlier on in the season; look at ourselves, be honest and try to get better. We’ve been better so it’s now a question of us looking at ourselves, be honest and try to get better still.
GW of course managed Preston for 13 months up until February of last year, and he spoke about the differences between the two clubs.
“We’re not in the luxurious position that a club like there’s is, where you can go and spend money that a club like ours can only dream of doing. They’ve got that financial advantage and we’ve got to take it step by step but you can go and spend as much money as you want, you won’t find a centre half in this league better than Bira Dembele.
“So if you work hard enough at it, and you keeping looking, and you keep bringing lads in on trial, and you keep trialling the next man and bringing lads in, eventually you get to better places. We’ve worked at the team, we think were a lot better now than we’ve been at any stage in the season.
“We’ve got some very talented lads in the squad, a lot of young lads who are learning and growing. I’ve said all season we’ve struggled because we’ve had to use young lads without experience. But the benefit of those lads gaining that experience is that I’ve now got lads with a bit more experience under their belt."
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