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16 December 2016

Darren Sarll says he won’t be rushing back any players from injury for tomorrow’s game against Barnet with a busy Christmas schedule in mind.

Stevenage are likely to be without a number of key names but Sarll isn’t worried about who isn't available.

“We are still a little bit light. You can always account for 15% of your squad not being available, I really believe that.

“I think it is important we don’t rush them so when they are ready to go – hopefully prior to the Boxing Day game - they are good to go then for those two games in quick succession.

“We know that Kennedy, Walker, Jones, Kgosi, they are predominantly starters for us so we know we probably have five players to come back in, which will be nice.

“I don’t really worry about things like that though and I like it sometimes when it feels like the chips are against you a little bit and you have to dig deep.”

Sarll has always made his love for local derbies abundantly clear which makes the upcoming schedule particularly exciting.

“We go there, like any other game, we go there to win. I love a local derby, I really enjoy them and I consider Barnet a derby for us. We are lucky like that we have got quite a few of them this year.

“I just look at the Christmas period – Barnet, Cambridge, Colchester. I think they are good games, good local games.

“We have got ourselves into a strong position, a position we want to improve on but we have given ourselves a chance of attacking that top part of the league. Barnet away is another chance for us to try and get ourselves in touch with that group of opponent.

“We are obviously very disappointed after Saturday. Watching it back, a very strange game but we have to keep going. The away record is great and the home form we definitely need to improve on but we won’t change.”

When asked about whether or not he will have the players in on Christmas Day, Sarll says it is a decision that has to wait.

“I think when you are in this position you have to make that decision a little closer to the time.

“Results, player availability, fitness, form - all those things come into question when you talk about working on Christmas day or having a day off at all. It depends on where you are.

“At the moment we are in a good place, we have got a good structure to our working week and a way of working that has seen us pick up.

“We are way ahead of where we were last year. Are we where we want to be? No, because we are outside the top seven.

“We will keep striving to be in and around those places.”

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