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15 March 2015

The gaffer looks back on the draw at Cambridge...

Saturday's last gasp equaliser for Cambridge was a cruel blow for Boro as three points seemed to be heading back to Hertfordshire before Robbie Simpson's goal in the 94th minute of injury time.

It was the third time this season that Stevenage have dropped two points in injury time, a source of real frustration for GW.

“The two that we have dropped aren’t the first that we have dropped late on but when you go to away grounds where there is a big crowd, there is a big influence, obviously it can happen.

“We have played so many games where the minutes of added time just rack up. There is I think, something psychological about going into added time where the team almost thinks, ‘we will hang onto what we have got’ and you tend to drop a bit deeper. We have tried to learn and tried to teach the boys not to do that but we have done it again today. We just played on the back foot for that added time and six, seven minutes is a long time in football.”

With a 1-0 lead, Boro were able to thwart Cambridge in the second half, stopping the home side from creating chances and GW was pleased with the way things were going.

“I was comfortable; I thought that we tidied things up. Bondy added a bit of experience in the middle of the park and I couldn’t really see them scoring if I am honest.

"We talked before the game about set-plays being a major feature of what they do, we didn’t want to give them away and we gave far too many fouls away. Our discipline was not good enough.

“I think that some of our younger players, with the pressure and expectation building will have learned a lot today. I am not sure they have thought as clearly as they would have liked to and I don’t think their decision making was as great as I am sure it will be going forward.


"Sometimes you have got to go through these experiences for younger players to learn, improve and get ready to be at the right level.”

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