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3 January 2015

The gaffer on the 0-0 draw at Morecambe...

Despite a strong performance away from home, Stevenage left Morecambe with a point as the two sides battled it out for a 0-0 draw. Boro arguably had the better of the game and had a number of golden chances early on to take the lead. As the game wore on, Boro continued to push on and one of the biggest talking points was the refusal to award Stevenage a penalty with minutes to go.

GW told us that everyone's view on the appeal was unanimous. 

“Their goalkeeper and captain came up to me at the end and said ‘we got out of jail, stonewaller’. I think everybody in the ground could see that it was a stonewaller except for the linesman and except for the referee, who are the men in the end who make the decision and make the difference. It’s bemusing, it’s bewildering and I don’t know what to make of it. It was so clear; it wasn’t as though there were bodies in the way. It was a straight one-on-one situation, player beats player, leg comes out, player goes down. Stonewall penalty."

Despite that incident, GW was pleased with the work carried out by the players and takes away plenty of positives from the game.

“I thought we were organised, we defended resiliently. We defended with work rate, we defended with discipline. You can see players now who are not finding it difficult to do their defensive jobs but at the same time play their football.

“We’d loved to have won today and as I said to them in there; we’ve won a point, make no bones about it. We did a lot of good things, it’s not as though we came away and knicked a point. We won a point today and deserved all three for the work that we did and the decision we didn’t get at the end.

“We were coming on strong at the end and that’s a trait of Stevenage that we’ve seen over the years, it was a side that was running on and not going under the game. Too often this season and in the last 18 months we’ve seen a Stevenage side going under, unable to fulfil its obligations as a hard working side, but we’re getting that back now.

“The boys are working real hard, they’re looking strong, they’re very together and they’ve got the end of the season in their mind and I don’t think they intend to get there with no prizes won.”

To get the full post-match reaction from GW and Adam Marriott, sign into Boro Player.

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