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20 April 2016

Darren Sarll praised his players after holding Bristol Rovers to a goalless draw at the Lamex which guaranteed our place in League 2 for next season.

“I thought it was a very good performance. I thought you saw a good League 2 spectacle tonight and also we were taking on the third from top team and credit where credit is due, they are a good side.

“We had to make sure again that we were nice and compact and we pressed the ball very high but I thought tonight that we also showed our technical quality that some of our players have got.

“Michael Tonge controlled the ball brilliantly in midfield, I thought it was the best performance of Dean Parrett’s season and Jake Mulraney came up with flashes of real quality and athleticism.”

With safety ensured, Sarll says that he believes the club now has a strong future.

“Whilst I am charged with leading the football club I don’t want to be where we are. I want us to be successful and admired throughout the region and the Football League. We had worked so hard to be in the Football League it would have been a shame to have had one careless season where we threw that away.

“Like I said, if we can create the foundations that we have created in the last 15 games with our organisation, our work ethic, our enthusiasm I think that will take us a lot further, a lot higher and with a lot more achievements come the end of next season.”

With the result also came another clean sheet which meant Stevenage have now only conceded three goals in the last six games – a marked improvement from earlier in the season.

“They have been magnificent, absolutely magnificent. We have worked very hard on our back four at the club because as you know at points this year, we were soft and we were akin to conceding goals at different times, normally late on or just after half time.

“But you can see that solidity in our play now and especially in that back five unit. The players want to play for each other. They have shown great hunger to play for each other, fight for me and fight for the football club.”

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