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10 August 2015

The gaffer on Saturday's defeat to Notts County and Ipswich away tomorrow night...

Quickly following Saturday’s opening day defeat to Notts County, Stevenage face Ipswich away in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening.

Manager, Teddy Sheringham took plenty away from the game on Saturday.

“Our optimism before the game was to catch them before they knew their system and integrated all their new signings that they made, it didn’t quite work like that but we tried and tried again.

“I was very pleased with our shape as a team and thought our togetherness was outstanding. I was as pleased as you can be when you lose 2-0, let’s put it that way.”

The cherry on the icing as it were, happened in injury time as Tom Hitchcock was sent off after a scuffle with Mawouna Amevor. The gaffer hasn’t yet decided whether to appeal.

“Just been talking about that again this morning, we have had a lot of conversations yesterday and still don’t really know. I think it has to be done by 1pm today if we are going to do that but we will see. It is a strange one.”

With the second game of the competitive season coming so soon after the first, the gaffer says that it is difficult for the players to adjust after such a long break.

“That is where we are at in this division, if it is not a league game it is a cup game they have chucked in early in the season to make it very intense.

“It is a proper shock to the professional man’s body after training, playing friendlies – that is all one thing but (it is another) playing 90 minutes with the intensity that we did, still in the game up until the last couple of minutes, still trying to push forward and create something to get back into the game.

“That is great from my perspective but it is a shock to the bodies and we are trying to come to terms with that yesterday and today, to try and get the legs going so that we are physically prepared for Tuesday.”

Although the manager knows that Ipswich will be a tough tie, he is looking forward to the test.

“It is probably one of the more difficult ties of the round and it is a test, a big test - but we will go there with optimism because I am impressed with my players.”

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