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23 December 2016

Ahead of the Boxing Day game at home to Cambridge, Darren Sarll invited supporters to watch his side train as they prepare for a busy festive schedule.

The boss says he thinks it is important that the team have a strong bond with the fans.

“I think it is good that we have a good relationship with our supporters. We know as fourth division footballers, coaches and staff that we should have an engagement with them. I think there should be a real connection between the supporters and players and I want them to come in and see what we do.

“Today hopefully they have seen a lot of progressive, free flowing football with a good tempo and a good atmosphere amongst the players. I enjoy having them.”

So far as Stevenage manager Sarll has won every derby game he has been involved in, but according to him there is no special formula.

"We have to take our chances, reduce their opportunities, keep the ball - same old stuff as normal.

“Local derbies have always got that little bit of an edge though and I am sure it will be a good turn-out at the Lamex.

“There is a little bit more aggression to the environment and as long as your fans see that you are giving absolutely everything for the town and the football club, they are always pretty understanding whatever the outcome.

“It is a good game and the fact that the two teams are so close gives it another dimension in terms of its competitiveness. I am hoping we come out of that on the right side and we can continue our little push.”

Having picked up 19 points from the previous 10 league games, Boro have played themselves into promotion contention but Sarll knows it is imperative to pick up points at home over Christmas.

“We have out pressure on ourselves because of the outstanding run away, rather than the not so good form at home.

“Because everyone has seen what we have done away from home, it is almost a gimme that the home form should reflect that. It doesn’t work like that; it is a very tough league, a very, very honest league and a very humble league.

“We know we are going to have to fight hard and we have put that little bit of pressure on ourselves to get a win but it is a good pressure to have.

“I am going to enjoy it. I think it is going to be a bit of a cup final type atmosphere and we will be well prepared to try and win the game.

“We have put ourselves in there to make real strides or keep fighting to stay in amongst it over the Christmas period.”

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