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15 January 2016

Club News


15 January 2016

Teddy Sheringham admits that the past few weeks have been a turbulent time at the club as poor results, injuries and the expiration of loan deals have all derailed the positive momentum of a month ago.

The boss says that despite the setbacks, the club has to keep on moving forward.

“I think that would be fair to say. From maybe three weeks ago, the optimism was very high and we have been pulled down to earth in the last four games.

“We have got a big job to turn things around and get on the straight and narrow.

“Everybody picks up little niggly injuries but the amount of long standing injuries is a bit of a body blow. When people come in and out it is not such a problem, you can always fit people in and around but when you do get long standing ones you know it is a body blow for a long time. I think other players look around and realise that situation as well.

“From my point of view, that is football. I have known it throughout my career and you just have to plod on and work around it, it is as simple as that. It is a situation that is expected in football and you have to move with it.”

It has been a busy week behind the scenes as the club has worked to move players in, move players out and keep hold of successful short-term loanees.

As things stand, Connor Ogilvie has extended his loan from Tottenham and Keith Keane has come in from Cambridge but Teddy's says that he expects more business to be done before the end of the day.

“It is just a situation where we had to take stock of where we were at and try to work out which loanees we really wanted and which loanees we could do without, whilst keep the club moving forward on an even keel.

“There will probably be a couple more movements, both ways.”

Michael Tonge’s contract is up after Saturday’s game at Plymouth and retaining his services is something that the boss is confident about.

“Hopefully we have got something sorted with that. I will be delighted when that actually finalises, we have worked very hard with Tongey and I think he has been an inspiration since he has come in.

“A proper professional player, someone that the young lads can look up to that respect him.

“He has been a pleasure to work with and long may it continue for Stevenage Football Club.”

Finally, the gaffer says that although tomorrow’s trip to Plymouth is a big challenge, our result against them earlier in the season shows that it is certainly a winnable game.

“It is not what they would have wanted. (Their defeat in midweek) We had a fantastic game with them earlier in the season at our place – we managed to come out on top 2-1 but they gave us a real good run for our money.

“We knew at the time they would be a very good team and they would probably be at the top but it just shows in footballing terms that we can compete with everyone in this division.

“We need to be focused for 90 minutes and more and make sure we do the right things throughout the game and be very professional.”

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