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3 March 2016

Darren Sarll says that the performances his side has produced within the last four weeks should offer encouragement to fans as we enter the final stages of the season.

Although results haven’t gone our way in the last two games, Sarll remains positive.

“It is frustrating on that Saturday but then once you clear your head and the dust settles a little bit, you look back and you go ‘there is still so much to be pleased about’.

“I feel like - and I don’t want to sound disrespectful when I say this - but I feel like we have got Stevenage back. There is a bit of Stevenage Football Club back in our team again.

“The games are tight, no they have not gone our way but they will go our way. I have absolute belief and utmost faith that it will go our way and we are giving ourselves a chance in these games which is really pleasing. Too many times this year we have been out the game too early or chasing the game too early.

“If we were going backwards, it is a completely different conversation but we are not. Everyone can see we are moving forward. The players know they are moving forward. I think the football club and the supporters know we are moving forward.

“Would I be a lot more assured if we were a few places higher and with a few points more? Absolutely and that is what we are trying to do every week. We are certainly down the road now in trying to create that end product with a process that is good to watch and it is certainly something that we can look forward to seeing more."

This weekend sees Portsmouth visit the Lamex on Saturday and Sarll believes that the challenge will bring the best out of his players.

“They are a good side; they have got some terrific individuals and some excellent experience in the team. So it is going to be a really good game, it is going to be a tough game – no different to any of the others.

“It is one that you know when a Pompey side comes to your ground they are going to bring a few, they are going to bang a few drums and the atmosphere will probably kick up. But our ground in recent weeks has been rocking as well so I think it should make for a really good atmosphere on Saturday.

“I think we saw it against Cambridge that when the atmosphere is like that - quite vibrant, a little bit prickly - I think that is when we see the best of our sides as well.”

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