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SHERINGHAM PRAISES FIRST HALF PERFORMANCE AND AKINYEMI GOALS

15 July 2015

Reflecting on his youthful side's 2-0 pre-season friendly win at St Neots Town tonight, manager Teddy Sheringham said there were a lot of good signs out on the pitch.

He told us, "I thought it was an excellent first half performance. We had a few young players out there again, plus a few young professionals and a few trialists tonight who haven’t really played together before. 

In the second half there’s two ways of looking at it; we let them back into it or they changed things to get back into it. On another night maybe a couple of the little chances they did have could have gone the other way and we could have found ourselves at 2-2. But on the whole for the actual personnel we had out there, with what we’re trying to do to change things so that everyone understands what I want, I’m quite pleased."

Two first half goals from Dipo Akinyemi did the damage for Stevenage and Sheringham liked what he saw from the young striker.

He told us, "They were both very good strikes. The long-range one he got a bit lucky on the half-way line but then showed great pace and awareness and a lovely strike to finish it off.

"His second one was a very different goal but was about being alive in and around the six yard box and I like those goals. He made it look easy but it’s not. The goalkeeper was at the near post, it had to be put into an empty net and he did that in good style and I like that."

He added, "We had a new goalkeeper coming in who is only 17 years old. I was very impressed with him, he was very commanding and nice and cool on the ball so that’s a big plus for us tonight.

"We’re trying to implement something here and it does take time to come across and understand but there’s a lot of good signs out there for certain individuals."

The next chance to see Stevenage in action this pre-season is Friday night when Championship-side Nottingham Forest visit in a 7.30pm kick-off. Tickets can be purchased at www.borotickets.co.uk.

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