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Timlin: "Heading into Easter on the front foot"

17 April 2019

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Michael Timlin believes that Saturday’s 3-0 win over Carlisle United has given he and his teammates a timely lift ahead of the final run-in this Sky Bet League Two season...

The victory makes it two wins in a row for Stevenage and Timlin says that recent performances have given added confidence to the group.

“It was a very encouraging, positive performance,” Timlin said. “Especially after last weekend’s game against Grimsby, we took that performance into today by being on the front foot - you could see we had a purpose about us.

“It was a comfortable performance that showed the fans where we are going. We have found a formation that seems to work. We are starting to get a good blend to see where it takes us. We cannot be focused on the league table, because you never know what happens in the remaining four games, but we want to make sure that every time we play and put on a Stevenage shirt, that we put on a performance that is merited.”

Playing alongside Timlin in midfield was 18 year old Arthur Iontton who scored his first goal for the First Team to open up the scoring. Coming six days after picking up the EFL Award for Sky Bet League Two Apprentice of the Year, Michael Timlin had plenty of praise for the young midfielder.

“He is fantastic. I was encouraged by him in the first day or so when he started training with us earlier in the season. There are occasions when the youth team train with us and he was one of the boys early on who did that and I remember mentioning to the Gaffer that I was very impressed with him.

“He reminds me of Jack Cork, that same kind of player. He might have been a centre-back that can play centre-mid but I think he has grasped the opportunity. He has proven that he has got the capability of stepping up and playing week-in, week-out.

“He is such a lovely kid, he has got the right attitude, and hopefully he will carry on doing the business for Stevenage.”

Stevenage now have two games in quick succession, travelling to Port Vale on Good Friday before a home clash with Exeter City on Easter Monday. Michael Timlin is under no illusions about the importance of a good weekend.

“We are going into the Easter period now on the front foot after two wins, home and away.

"Next weekend is huge because everything could change in the league after that weekend. We have to have that mindset going into the Port Vale game and we know it is going to be tough. They always seem to produce something at home, we have to make sure we are on the front foot again and put in the performance that we did today.

“Even though there is only a handful of games remaining, you never know what happens and every player is going to be needed. We have to make sure we stay focused to go and get the results.”

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