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13 August 2016

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll was left frustrated to only come away from Notts County with a point after his side put in a superb away performance for the second time in a week.

Boro got off to a hot start and Ben Kennedy scored his second goal in as many games after Jobi McAnuff laid it on a plate for the striker.

The home side came back into the game and equalised 18 minutes in through Jon Stead and Darren Sarll wasn’t happy with the way the team conceded and let Notts back into the match.

“It was a foul on Matt Godden but saying that, I am absolutely furious with the way we defended the long ball into Stead. We could have done a little bit more about that.

“We still had 90% of the game to play and they were on the ropes. Anyone who knows that analogy, when you have got an opponent on the ropes, you keep punching until the fella goes down and doesn’t get back up.

“That little moment had a big sway in things and that is what is really disappointing – the goal we conceded is the disappointing aspect of coming home with a draw.”

Overall, the manager was pleased with the team’s performance and says that although there is plenty of room for improvement, he likes what he is seeing.

“We are a good side. Defensively we are decent - we look solid, we don’t look like we are soft or have a soft underbelly. We are strong, we are organised and people know their roles and responsibilities.

“Can we get better? Absolutely. I want that first 20 minutes for 44 more games. That is where we have to improve – being able to handle being a good side. We should be looking to do that every week and giving what was a fantastic travelling support that entertainment on a Saturday afternoon.”

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