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6 August 2016

Darren Sarll was left disappointed by his sides display as Stevenage lost 2-1 to Crewe on the opening day of the league season.

Two second half goals from the visitors secured the points and Sarll says that it was an out-of-character performance.

“It certainly was not a performance we are used to and it was not something I want to get used to.

“The ability to think clear under the occasion (wasn’t there). It was pretty evident that we didn’t stick to who we have become and the organisation that we have had moving forward wasn’t there today.

“A Stevenage side without organisation isn’t a Stevenage side and that is my biggest disappointment today."

Although there were chances to take the lead in the game, it was clear that something was missing and Sarll admits that the team didn't play well enough to win.

“I think the score takes care of itself here when we get performance levels right and performance levels weren’t good enough and there is no hiding from that.

“I didn’t feel we got our passing game going, our decision making in possession was poor and I thought we were quite flaky in our attempts to use the ball penetratively.

“We got in and around the box too many times without putting quality into the box or choosing not to put anything into the box at all.”

Despite the defeat, Sarll remains upbeat about the future and says that the game should serve as a warning to his players.

“We do everything together. We got out of situations last year together and it is the first game in a 46 game season – there is a long, long way to go.

“This is just a reminder. It is a size nine up the backside and it is one that everyone gets at some point.”

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