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23 January 2016

Stevenage boss, Teddy Sheringham was pleased with his player’s efforts during the 0-0 draw at home to Barnet.

The manager says that he was not surprised it was a scrappy game with few chances.

“It was exactly what we expected. As I said earlier, I don’t think you are going to come to a game like today and expect to see pretty football. Not with the conditions, the time of year, the team you are playing against and the manager in charge.

“You know it is going to be rough ‘n’ ready and if anyone wanted to see a committed game of football, that was it there today. It wasn’t for the feint hearted and I think if you don’t compete 100% today, I think you get rolled over.”

The main talking point after the game was the performances of debutants, Offrande Zanzala and Luke Wilkinson who played at either end of the pitch to good effect.

Teddy says he was delighted with Zanzala's performance.

“I think any other young centre-forward would have found it very, very difficult coming in today and playing against those two.

“His attitude, his work rate and his desire is there to see for everybody and I think he is going to do very well for us.

“It was an old fashioned centre-forward's performance and I like that about him. That is what caught my eye and it is definitely what we have needed at our football club and I am delighted to have him.”

The gaffer also praised Wilkinson who came straight into the centre of defence alongside old playing partner, Fraser Franks and he says it was a good clean sheet and overall performance.

“Again, that moved very quickly when we heard he was available. I am delighted to have him, I thought it was a leadership quality performance that he gave us today - exactly what I wanted from him and he gave a full-blooded effort.

“It was probably our cleanest sheet of the season. There were probably one or two half chances that could have gone against us but nothing major. I thought if any team was going to win it we were going to win it. We were the ones pressing but delighted with the effort and overall performance.”

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