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21 April 2016

Darren Sarll expressed his frustration about the reserves 3-2 win against Ebbsfleet on Wednesday, disappointed that those playing didn't do more to force their way into his plans for the weekend.

With relegation no longer a concern, Sarll has said that he would like to give some of the younger players time on the pitch between now and the end of the season.

“The biggest disappointment is no one has really challenged my thinking for the weekend.


“With the club and the situation we are now in, I was kind of looking forward to someone making it really difficult for me to play the boys who played so brilliantly the other night.

“Professional football is a privilege. You have got to earn your right to play on Saturday at 3 o’clock in front of people. For young players, that starts on the training pitch and in reserve games. If you don’t earn the right, you won’t get picked.

“There is absolutely no way can I justify to a Michael Tonge who is desperate to play every minute of every game, that he is being left out for a younger player if those younger players don’t deserve it or are not prepared as well as Michael Tonge is.”

Saturday’s opponents, Morecambe got hit for seven on Tuesday night but Sarll knows they will be ready to make amends in front of their home fans.

“I think there will be a big backlash in terms of their mentality, I am sure. Jim certainly won’t accept that judging by the player he was and the character he is.

“We are going to have to be fully prepared for the motivation levels from them to be high and I want to make sure that Stevenage’s are as motivated as Morecambe’s.

“Our season will never be allowed to peter out and it will be important that we keep going and performing to the standards that we have done lately.”

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