Darren Sarll is thankful for a full week’s preparation ahead of Saturday’s game against Wycombe as Stevenage go in search of a big three points in Buckinghamshire.
“We are preparing the players, the style of play in a way that we can best maximise our strengths against Wycombe’s weaknesses. So that is why it is always nice to have a clear week, when you can work on that. We had no reserves game in the week so we had a full squad all week and we could really work towards this game.
“I think Wycombe are a completely different beast to Portsmouth. They have got their own identity that Gareth has instilled and done brilliantly. The 12 months cycle of being one place off relegation to play-off final, I was there against Southend – that is some turnaround. I don’t think you ever underestimate a Wycombe Wanderers let by Gareth Ainsworth.”
Although recent results have gone against us, Sarll says that there is no chance the squad will be down in the dumps.
“We have got to make sure that we are giving ourselves the best chance. We have had some tough games but we have also had some tough games that we should have won.
“Looking back now, we are probably are even more regretful than when we were in that moment but we can only use that as motivation to kick us on and move us forward. It is certainly not going to be a down, disheartened or less motivated Stevenage side this weekend.”
Goals have been hard to come by in the last three games for Boro and Sarll says that everyone needs to contribute when it comes to finding the net.
“I feel for Byron in a way because I feel like we put a lot of pressure on him to come in, not played since March and all of a sudden it's ‘Go! Go score goals, go be the one who scores all the goals for Stevenage!’.
“That’s a lot. When you think of the game time he has not had and all of a sudden he is thrust in and he has to go and score the goals to win the town some points.
“We have all got to jump in and the real successful sides are where goals come from everywhere and we need that.
“Listen, no one buries their head in the sand here. We are honest people. I am an honest man so we come in and we work at our failings, we work at our flaws and we try and improve on our strengths.
“One of those things at this moment is goalscoring and we will continue to work on it.”
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