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19 March 2016

Darren Sarll was left full of disappointment after Stevenage let a 2-0 lead slip against league leaders Northampton to lose 3-2.

It was a game and performance that promised so much but Sarll believes the Cobblers first goal was the crucial one, just before half-time.

“We all know, supporters, staff, players alike, we all know that in that 2-0 scenario, goal number three is the absolute key one. The manner in which we conceded that third one, their first one is disappointing and very ill-timed. It changed a lot of things at half-time for both managers.

“Those boys have had a really big fight for the football club there. The errors we have made have been made out of a little bit of inexperience and game knowledge. It is certainly not done through a lack of intensity or commitment to the football club. Sometimes you get those inexperienced decision and actions with inexperienced players.

“I am looking to my experienced players now and they have got to do better and they have got to do more in and around the club to make sure those deficiencies are made up for.”

With the score 2-2 for much of the second half, Stevenage looked to be on their way to a point but Ricky Holmes' last minute strike made for a cruel ending.

“I think there was only an inch for him to put it in and the lad found that inch. You could feel it all the way through the Lamex how disheartening and disappointing that was.

“Again, we have got to defend it better. We have got to force the lad in a flank position into wide areas and make him cross instead of coming in and getting shots off.”

The gap between Boro and the bottom two stays at seven points after other results went our way and Sarll sees the afternoon as an opportunity missed.

“We could be well and truly away now and looking into Oxford and Yeovil with a little more of a relaxed mind set. That is my disappointment because it is an opportunity missed. My football club lost today and I am not going to look beyond that this weekend.

“I have to thrive on this situation because I am a fighter and I love the football club. There will be no shortage of effort, will or dedication to the football club’s needs over the next nine games.”

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