Alex Revell believes his side are 'on the right track' ahead of tonight's clash with Newport County...
Stevenage come into this fixture off the back of a 1-0 defeat against 4th placed Forest Green Rovers on Saturday, but the Boro boss believes there were positives to be taken from the game, mainly the second half performance. "We were disappointed after the game because we wanted to go there and pick up a win, but they are a very good side, up there in the league and have scored lots of goals," he said.
"For us to go there and dominate in the second half showed that we are on the right track, but the goal was really disappointing and full of mistakes which you can’t afford to make at this level, especially against the free scoring teams."
Revell spoke positively about the return of midweek league games to the schedule, explaining, "The games are coming thick and fast now. It is good to have another game because you want to put the defeat behind you and try to get on a good run of form to build back up. There was disappointment after Saturday and we know we are back at home, which is a great thing.
"We are preparing well in training with a focus on the team’s energy and intensity, something that dropped off a little bit in the first half on Saturday. However, in contrast, at Mansfield we showed intensity, work rate, desire, ability and that is the reason why we ended up getting a good result."
The striking department was given particular focus by Revell, who spent extra time with the forwards in training on Monday, and believes confidence and repetition is key to finding the net. "We don’t want the players to forget what they are good at," he said. "We know that Danny Newton, for one, is a great goalscorer in this league and when you are searching for a goal, you can sometimes try too hard and when you go on a run without scoring, it is important to keep on practising with repetition in key areas of the pitch. They are all good players and if they keep believing in their own ability, goals will come."
Newport County are the visitors to The Lamex Stadium tonight, who are currently joint-top of the league and have won each of their last three league games. Revell believes his team are ready for the challenge, explaining, "We have prepared for this. We have just had a meeting on their strengths and how we feel that we can exploit them and beat them. We want a result at home, we want to bounce back because I feel that we are knocking on the door, it’s just a matter of getting those goals, keeping a clean sheet and making sure we defend as 11 and attack as 11.
"We have weighed up the positives and negatives on how we beat them and we are ready, excited for another game and a chance to show everyone what we are all about."
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