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27 February 2016

Darren Sarll was left frustrated at the final whistle on Saturday afternoon as two late goals from Exeter saw them pick up all three points at the Lamex Stadium.

Stevenage failed to convert any of their many chances and Sarll says the team must improve in the crucial areas of the pitch.

“You hope and pray that when that first one comes, the doors open and they all come flooding out which is sometimes the case.

“In order for us to move progressively up this league, we have to do more in the box and I can’t say we have to have more chances but we have to have a greater conversion rate to those chances.

“Performances, work ethic, commitment - I don’t think they can be faulted for any of those but that is a minimum requirement in terms of what it is to play in a Stevenage shirt.

“Position by position, you add a layer on top of that to bring what you bring to the table. For wide players it might be 1 v 1’s for crosses and for goalscorers, it is goalscoring.

“We have got to make sure that we add that layer because I am certainly not going to come out here every week and say ‘hard luck, good performance, great commitment, but we lost’.

“We are here to see wins, I am here to see wins, the players are here to win but we have got to make sure that we are ruthless in that pursuit.”

Sarll now wants everybody with a connection to the football club to stick with the group for the final 12 games of the season.

“I think it is really important that the players, the staff, everyone has to keep the faith, has to keep believing.

“In my heart I really believe that we are a goal away from really opening up.

“We are in the position we are in for a million and one reasons. We have pin-pointed in the last four or five games to one thing. We have got to make players, people, fans and the town believe that we can overcome that deficit and really bring winning football back to the Lamex again.”

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