After a 600 mile round trip for players, staff and fans alike, coming home with a 3-0 defeat is not anybody’s idea of a good day out.
When GW came out to speak to the press, he expressed his understanding of the fans disappointment and says it’s hit him as hard as anyone.
“When you lose 3-0 away from home and when you concede those early goals I don’t think anyone associated with the football club will be happy.
“I feel embarrassed, I feel humiliated, of course. Nobody probably more so than me and any fan that has given us the effort and consideration to come up here and support us will feel equally as bad. We all care about the same badge and we all want the same badge to be doing well.”
After a fairly bright start to the game from Stevenage, Carlisle quickly moved up a gear leaving Boro behind. 30 minutes in Boro were 2-0 down and facing an uphill task.
It wasn’t until the last knockings of the game that Carlisle rounded off their performance with a third goal and GW explained how at 2-0 down, we were still in the game.
“We had our moments. We had a couple of great moments to go 2-1 from the set-pieces with the scrambled clearances off the line and with 12 or 15 to play if you get your goal then you put them under pressure and you can build on that.
“We did what we had to do to stay in the game after the two goals, worked our way into it. Got our game going forward and nearly carved out the goal that would have given us a chance to chase something, but in the end they go the third that it made it look much more convincing than the second half was on the whole.
“You’ve got to go through the same process; analyse the game, get down to the hard facts and look at the goals you’ve conceded and the goals you haven’t scored. You’ve got to look to improve your attacking play and improve your defending play.”
Finally, the news of Dave Beasant’s appearance on the subs bench went viral across the online world, but GW would have had no hesitation putting him in should he have been needed.
“Dave has been forced into action on the training ground by virtue of Sam’s injury and he’s been absolutely brilliant.
“An England international isn’t an England international for no reason. He’s in good shape and he’s fit. He’s 55, incredibly, but his performances in training have been absolutely outstanding.
“Dave was enough of a man to decide that he wanted to support the team in that way and it was brilliant to see him put on his gloves and had he been used I’ve no doubt he’d have done an exceptional job because he’s trained really well.”