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3 January 2016

Stevenage boss, Teddy Sheringham had mixed emotions after the 2-2 draw with Leyton Orient, delighted with his team’s performance but disappointed to not hold out for the win after conceding a late equaliser.

The game really sparked into life on 60 minutes when Orient were awarded a controversial penalty for handball and the gaffer felt as though it was a harsh decision.

“Fraser is coming out to make himself big, you have to keep your balance to make yourself big. I don’t think he has got his hands anywhere near past his waist or anything like that to be making a save. It is hard to take.

“I just don’t think it is a penalty.”

Despite going behind, the situation only seemed to rally the players as Boro upped the ante and fought back to lead 2-1 in the match through super-sub, Armand Gnanduillet who got both goals.

“I thought we played some fantastic football after that in very difficult conditions. We stuck to our way of playing, kept trying to probe, worked our socks off, the desire was fantastic to get back into the game.

“We got our rewards, we got ourselves back into the game and then back in front and I was delighted in the way we did it.”

It seemed as though Boro were on their way to victory but for Jay Simpson to fire through a crowded penalty box in injury time.

Teddy admits that seeing out games is something the team still needs to work on.

“You don’t want a chance falling to their man striker, he is a proven goal scorer and as the ball rolled to him you just think ‘yep – there is going to be a goal’ but tucked away nicely from his point of view and it is a quality finish.

“From our point of view it is that last 5 minute syndrome, which is very, very, very disappointing. When you work so hard to get back into the game - that is still the game. You have got to see the game out.

“It is all part of the game, it is not just about playing nicely with the football it is about being switched on at both ends – we need to work on it.”

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