Stevenage boss Darren Sarll delighted with youngsters after Carlisle clean sheet

PUBLISHED: 12:28 22 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:28 22 January 2018

Ronnie Henry toe pokes the ball away from Richie Bennett during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Martyn Haworth

Ronnie Henry toe pokes the ball away from Richie Bennett during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Martyn Haworth

Martyn Haworth

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll was delighted with his hard working youngsters after Boro secured a ‘good point’ against Carlisle United in a 0-0 draw at a soaked Lamex.

Stevenage's Danny Newton closes down James Brown during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Martyn HaworthStevenage's Danny Newton closes down James Brown during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Martyn Haworth

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll was delighted with his hard working, talented youngsters after Boro took a ‘good point’ against Carlisle United in a 0-0 draw at a soaked Lamex.

It was Boro’s tenth game without a home defeat on Saturday as they also took their fourth point from Carlisle this season, after Sarll’s side won 2-0 in Cumbria early in the League Two season.

Danny Newton receives some treatment for a head wound during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Martyn HaworthDanny Newton receives some treatment for a head wound during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Martyn Haworth

The teams were very well matched and there was little to choose between them on a drenched Lamex pitch. A hard-fought goalless draw.

Speaking after the game, Sarll said: “I felt very comfortable and I thought we edged it. It’s a good point.

Ben Wilmot slides in to make a tackle on Luke Joyce as Ronnie Henry keeps out of the way in the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Martyn HaworthBen Wilmot slides in to make a tackle on Luke Joyce as Ronnie Henry keeps out of the way in the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Martyn Haworth

“Four points from Carlisle is a decent return in a season, we’ve struggled against them in the past.

“I was comfortable defensively. The only time I was on guard was from set plays. They’re a big, experienced side and we were marking lads bigger than us. Our determination to deal with those set plays was admirable.

Stevenage FC record appearance holder and captain Ronnie Henry is given a guard of honour before the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny LooStevenage FC record appearance holder and captain Ronnie Henry is given a guard of honour before the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo

“We passed the ball well and utilised the flanks more often, playing with good momentum. I think we had more positive moments than them but we lacked some movement to break them down.”

Sarll fielded six players younger than 23 as sub or starters, Ben Wilmot, Mark McKee, Terence Vancooten, Ben Kennedy, Alex Samuel and Millwall loanee Tom King.

Mark McKee looks to beat his man during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny LooMark McKee looks to beat his man during the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo

Sarll said: “I was very pleased with how Terence ran and he looked positive. He’s a good footballer, good technician. Ben Wilmot was terrific in the second half, the 80-yard pass he hit right on to Tom Pett’s toenail was fabulous.

“No weather would stop Mark Mckee controlling a game. When you have players like that at the fulcrum of a side you can play passing football. We want Mark to step on and win games for us now.

Ben Wilmot on the ball in the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny LooBen Wilmot on the ball in the game against Carlisle United FC. Picture: Danny Loo

“We’ve been encouraging him to get forward and dribble, he’s got a lovely shimmy and he can unlock some pressure on the edge of the box. He spent more time in and around the box today than we’ve ever seen.

“They’re all great, they try their hardest. Sometimes they make mistakes but they get their rewards for some moments of magic. We’ve got to balance out their development with ensuring that we take points.”

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