Stevenage boss Darren Sarll hails Northern Ireland starlet Ben Kennedy

PUBLISHED: 16:30 19 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:41 19 February 2018

Stevenage FC's Ben Kennedy scores Stevenage's fourth. Picture: Danny Loo

Stevenage FC's Ben Kennedy scores Stevenage's fourth. Picture: Danny Loo

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Stevenage boss Darren Sarll has praised Northern Ireland starlet Ben Kennedy for showing reserves of mental strength after emerging from a tough spell.

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The 20-year-old notched an impressive goal for Boro during their 4-1 rout of Yeovil Town, showing good strength and technique to grab their fourth goal against the Glovers at the Lamex on Saturday.

A delighted Sarll hailed Kennedy saying: “We’ve all been disappointed a little bit lately with his performance levels and we still do not really truly recognise Ben is a very young man.

“But if the public and the supporters knew how strong he had to be lately mentally and how much he is still trying to get there physically from the operation, they would applaud his strength of mind and his maturity.

“I thought maybe he would be a good link, a different type of link, to the partnership we have seen with [Matt] Godden and [Danny] Newton.

“We all know he has got lovely talent and great ability, to make the third and score the fourth it was a brilliant finish, truly ‘Ben Kennedy’.

“So I was really pleased with Ben today. It has been a good day for Ben Kennedy, he can be very proud of himself.”

Sarll also issued a positive message to fans explaining he believes in his squad, and they in him and that they have a bright, long-term future if everyone – supporters, players, and the club – stick together.

Sarll gave his rallying cry after the comprehensive victory against Yeovil. He said: “The big message to the Stevenage supporters is that this group has such longevity.

“It is not like a typical Stevenage group, it is not get to the end of the season, half go, half new ones come in, see what happens.

“The most important thing for me is the relationship with the players and our relationship is good.

“I will never give up on my players, never. And we made that very clear after Tuesday night, just because we felt a lot of things were spiralling against us at the moment which we could not control. We took matters into our own hands today.”

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