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26 February 2016

Darren Sarll says there is no hangover from last weekend’s defeat at Carlisle and that he is confident the team will be able to convert more of their chances in the upcoming weeks.

Stevenage failed to score from a whole host of opportunities in Cumbria but Sarll says that the players are still in a positive state of mind.

“I think at least when you are playing well or you are enjoying playing in the manner that we have been playing, it gives players a real motivation to keep going, to keep persevering.

“Even though it was a disappointing result, I think winning 2 of the 4 last games is a decent return for where we have been and what we have been trying to do. I think there is lots to be up-beat about and lots to be positive about.

“I think we have got some terrific attacking players at the club. It will only take one and it will open up. Whilst I keep seeing what I keep seeing Monday to Friday, I will always have the faith in us being able to score goals.

“It is definitely not for the lack of chances, we are creating lots of chances. I think we created more attacks last weekend in League 2 than any other team. There is good evidence there to suggest that we are doing a lot right, we just need to finish it off.”

Adam Marriott followed up his 10 minutes off the bench at Carlisle with 90 minutes and a goal in a midweek reserves game and Sarll says he on the right track to putting his injury problems behind him.

“I think this been probably Adam’s best week this season. He has reacted very well to me and the change of strategy that we are trying to deploy and he has really given it a good go this week.

“I thought in the reserve team game on Tuesday he was excellent. He scored a fabulous goal, one that optimised Adam and his composure, intelligence and technical ability but I was really pleased with his off the ball activity and his intensity to his work too. Sometimes that is not as easy for Adam to do.

“I will be very disappointed or surprised if he wasn’t to be involved on Saturday.”

In the opposition dugout at the weekend will be Paul Tisdale, taking charge of his 501st game for Exeter and Sarll admits it is an impressive milestone.

“The great thing about Paul is he has never sacrificed his strategy or his willingness to pass the ball. Even in the lower leagues where everyone tells you ‘you can’t pass it’. He defies that logic, he defies that statement and continually produces good footballers and terrific technicians.

“He is really someone I am looking for inspiration in how to survive because after four games I am looking at 500 and thinking… wow!

“All credit to him, his backroom team and players because that is some achievement.”

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