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7 January 2017

Stevenage boss, Darren Sarll was over-the-moon at seeing his side register a 3-1 win at home to Newport.

The manager believes placing more importance on getting shots away in opposition territory proved the difference, as the long wait for a home win is finally over.

“I thought the first half performance was very good. I think we have seen a few of those performances this year but the difference is that we have worked very, very hard with our attacking players over the last four to six weeks on changing our attitude around the box.

“I thought our forwards showed a great attitude in-and-around the box. A real relentlessness, ruthlessness to get shots off and I think in the first half we probably got more shots off than we have this year in a first half performance.”

The opening goal came just after nine minutes and Sarll says the quick start was crucial.

“I just think the first goal is so important. Especially for us and especially today because it has been too long since our last home win.

“It was important we really got off to a good start and I thought our attitude in the final third was great today. The front four that we had out there, they were really, really threatening throughout.”

Tonight’s talk of the town though is Matt Godden, scoring his first hat-trick for the club and moving onto 10 league goals for the season.

“I don’t want him to be the great team man that runs around everywhere and gets a clap for coming off muddy and exhausted. I want something to show for his efforts and as a centre forward, something to show is an assist or a goal and I am absolutely delighted for him today.”


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