Looking back on the first two months of the season, Darren Sarll says that he hopes for continual progression after an improved month of September.
After getting off to a hot start and winning the first two games of the month, Boro went off the boil with defeats to Wycombe and Exeter before earning an important point on Tuesday night at Cheltenham.
“The facts are very simple. We have made what is very close to a 100% improvement on August. In the end it was a 75% points increase - four from August, seven from September - so it has been a better month. If we constantly see that development we won’t be too disappointed come the end of the season that is for sure.
“I think it is important the need to keep re-evaluating month on month. I have asked the players not to think too much about May, let’s take it a month at a time. If we get our short term goals right and we achieve what we talk about and set out, then we will be where we want to be.”
Sarll knows that a lack of consistency at both ends of the pitch has held Boro back at times this season but he says that through hard work and perseverance, they will endeavour to get it right.
“What we have still got to try and improve on is the balance of the side. I want the best of both worlds - I want really good attacking displays like against Hartlepool and I want the quality of defending like against Crawley.
“I want it all and if we try and reach for the moon and hit a cloud, OK. But we will strive for that perfection in everything we do and until we get that, we won’t stop working.”
During the week Newport County and Warren Feeney parted ways after a slow start to the season which sees them currently bottom of the Sky Bet League Two table.
Sarll says that although they will be ready for a reaction, preparation for the game will continue as normal.
“You can’t predict how the group of men are going to come out. It is very, very hard. What we can predict is how we come out and what we do.
“We know if anything, the group of players will be highly motivated because they will want to impress their new manager wherever he is, whether he is in the dugout or in the stands.
“We just have to be ready to do what we do, we have got to be ready to put in another good away performance. “