After scoring two goals in the Papa John's Trophy earlier this week, Danny Rose previews our next test in Sky Bet League Two tomorrow...
On Tuesday evening, Boro progressed through to the next round of the Papa John’s Trophy, with Rose netting a brace. “It was a good game to be involved in”, he said. “Now that’s two in two for the competition so we can relax a little bit and put our priorities towards the league".
After getting his first home goals for Stevenage, Rose looks hungry for more. “I was hoping to score early doors at home, I did it a couple of weeks back, but it got disallowed. It’s nice to get back amongst the goals after a setback with a little injury, but that’s behind me now".
On the squad around him, Rose explains “Ever since I walked in the lads have been class. Everyone is stepping up to the plate, I’ve not been in a squad where everyone is really stepping up so it must be a headache for the gaffer to go out and pick a team because it could be anybody on Saturday".
A win on Saturday would make it ten wins in ten at The Lamex for Boro. “That’ll be a good achievement. We said at the start of the season we wanted to make The Lamex a bit of a fortress and so far, we’ve done that. We’re unbeaten at home this season and hopefully long may that continue. It’ll be a tough game on Saturday, but we’ll go in full of confidence off the back of a good victory against Wycombe.”
On competition amongst the squad for a place in the team, Rose praises those around him. “I played against Noz (Luke Norris) many times and he’s always caused problems. I also played with Reidy (Jamie Reid) for a short period at Mansfield, so I know what he’s about and we’re all chipping in. Even Pidge has got a couple of goals!”
Having played under Steve Evans previously, Rose was full of praise for his boss. “I think he just knows my strengths to be honest. I had that at Mansfield, I just seem to get goals under him. Him and Paul Raynor play me to my strengths".
On a potentially blossoming partnership with Luke Norris, Rose explained “His hold up play has been brilliant, so he brings me into play and brings others into play. You’ve got players on the wings like Kane Smith, Luther James-Wildin, Max Clark and Saxon Earley who can put great crosses in. It’s a good feeling because you know the cross is coming in first time. It’s a dream for a striker".
"The five subs have helped because the lads are all performing. No one gets upset or moans when they’re not playing. They’re getting behind the lads and that’s showing in the league table. I know it’s early doors, but we are up there and hopefully we’re up there towards the end of the season. It can only get better!"
THIS SATURDAY! Stevenage host Harrogate Town in Sky Bet League Two with tickets available from £18 Adults, £15 Concessions, £10 Under 18s and £5 Under 12s.