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11 December 2016

Darren Sarll was left frustrated as his side fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Blackpool in a tight game that was in the balance until the 77th minute.

Two late, quick fire goals from the visitors in the second half sent the Tangerines home with all three points.

“It was OK all the way up until the first goal. They had a header about five or ten minutes before that but their first real shot in anger was the goal. I thought we defended quite well, our team shape was good and the goal really sort of deflated the momentum or performance.

“All of a sudden you have got to take the ball and construct something against someone who now has something to hold onto, gets their players behind the ball and just tries to see it out.

“It is one of those games where you have to make sure you come away with a nil-nil and add another point to your total and move on.”

Overall it has been a good month for the club as three wins out of our last five league games mean Sarll can take the positives from the game and our form as a whole.

“Everyone will obviously see the defeat, even though we are still 11th and in a real good position to make a challenge on things and have a real good go at the top seven spots.

“I see Stevenage in a position of strength that can really move on.

“You get the same amount of points whether we get them away from home or at home. It is just about collating as many points as you can to be as high as you can. However they come, I am fine with.

“We have got two opportunities over Christmas where we can’t back away and we have got to make sure we get ourselves in the ascendancy. Statistically, every time we get that first goal we go on and win the game so it is about trying to do that.

“Today was a little bit more difficult to create that first goal as we were a bit depleted at centre forward and that just reduced our threat at times in advanced area.”

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