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TEDDY AHEAD OF AFC WIMBLEDON AWAY

11 December 2015


Stevenage boss, Teddy Sheringham admits that last week’s cup defeat to Yeovil was his lowest point of the season as Boro crashed out of the FA Cup in the Second Round.


The gaffer says that the efforts of his players deserved more from the game and that he looked back at his own performance first.


“It was probably as low as I have been this season. I felt we went down there with a certain optimism because of how well we had been playing recently. I didn’t feel we deserved to lose the game, I thought we took the game to Yeovil and I thought we were in control for the first half. In the second half I thought it was pretty much even.


“The last 15 minutes, that was probably their best chance of winning the tie. If we had got it to 0-0 and come back to our place, who knows but with a home tie you would like to think you have got a chance of winning the fixture.


“From that point of view I have to analyse myself before I analyse the players, could I have done anything in the last 15, 20 minutes to quash their thoughts of winning the tie? That is something I have thought about since.”


With just the league to concentrate on now, Boro pick things back up in good form – two draws then two wins in the last four league games has seen the team start to look up the table, rather than down.


“We have had a good run in the league and we should be going to Wimbledon with optimism. I did say that going down to Yeovil though so maybe the optimism has to be quashed a bit and we need to go into it with a bit of realism.


“It is a tough game that we have got against Wimbledon and as I have always said, for every League Two game we have to be at our best to get anything and that is my job to make sure we are at our best.”


Boro’s goals this season have come from all over the pitch, a common story ever since Boro have been in the Football League.


Despite the strikers not scoring the bulk of the goals, the boss says that as long as someone is scoring, he is happy.


“We are struggling to find someone that is going to score goals for us upfront on a regular basis. We are still looking for that from someone within the club but as long as the team is scoring goals we are happy.


“It does put an added pressure on you, if your strikers are not scoring but it is the same the other way – if the strikers were scoring and no-one else was scoring, I would say the same thing.


“As long as we are getting goals and getting results, I am happy.”


Finally, Fraser Franks' injury that he picked up at Yeovil is not as bad as first feared but Teddy says losing him for any period of time is a big loss.


“Probably around a month from when he did it. It is a medial knee problem and you are never quite sure how long they are going to be, it all just depends on how badly they have done it.


“Disappointing because he has come in and been fantastic for us. He did very well at right-back at the start of the season and when we moved him to centre-half he has done very well there.


“He is probably one of our most consistent players this season so he is another big miss for us.”


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