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18 January 2016

Charlie Lee left Home Park “gutted” on Saturday despite scoring twice as Boro lost 3-2 to the league leaders.

A poor first half gave Plymouth the initiative as they went into the break 3-1 up and Lee says that despite an improved performance in the second half, we gave ourselves too much to do.

“We were very disappointed with the goals in the first half. We had a good response in the second half, played some good stuff but just gutted to get the loss.

“They played some nice football, their full-backs played well but we knew they were going to get crosses in because of the formation.

“We played to be a bit more narrow but we have just got to defend the crosses a little bit better and obviously we don’t want to concede from a corner.

“Once we got ourselves back into it we should have been a bit more solid and although we had a good response second half and played some good football, it was a little bit too late.

“They are a good team, they will be up there at the end of the season but we have got to build on what we did in the second half and learn from what we did in the first.”

Lee praised the contribution of the second half substitutes, Dipo Akinyemi and Dean Parrett, saying that the latter’s return to fitness is a big boost in particular.

“I thought the two boys that came on at half-time had a big influence on the game, Dipo did well and held the ball up and Deano looked sharp.

“It has been a bit frustrating with Deano because obviously he keeps coming back into training, getting little niggles and he hasn’t really got going with his injuries lately but he looked sharp, strong and hopefully we will get him fully fit.”

The defeat leaves Stevenage in 19th place and Charlie Lee says it is up to him and his teammates to get the club up the table.

“It is time for us to show what we have got, there is still a lot of players here from last year and we have got to do more, including myself.

“We have got too much in the changing room to be where we are in the league and it is not right. We have got to be the ones that dig ourselves out of it.”

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