Stevenage boss Darren Sarll hails ‘terrific’ scorer Fraser Franks after hard-earned point at Morecambe

PUBLISHED: 11:42 14 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:56 14 January 2018

Fraser Franks was Stevenage's hero at Morecambe on Saturday. Pictured earlier in the season: Image Danny Loo

Fraser Franks was Stevenage's hero at Morecambe on Saturday. Pictured earlier in the season: Image Danny Loo

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Stevenage boss Darren Sarll praised goalscorer Fraser Franks after his side’s hard-fought 1-1 draw at Morecambe on Saturday.

Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll. Picture: Danny Loo Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll. Picture: Danny Loo

Despite falling behind to a first-half goal by the experienced Kevin Ellison the visitors to the Globe Arena had the better of the play before snatching a point in the last minute through a Fraser Franks wonder-strike.

Sarll, who had raised eyebrows by bringing on defender Franks to play up front as a target man with seven minutes to go, saw his decision vindicated with a superb strike from outside the box to share a point.

Speaking after the game Sarll said: “I thought the second half was all Stevenage. We dominated the ball. I thought we defended the goal pretty well.

“I was just do desperate to give the fans something to go back with. It was a good moment from a really great lad who’s been really patient.

Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll. Picture: Danny Loo Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll. Picture: Danny Loo

“[Fraser goes on] and has a good moment and gets a point for us.

“I’m delighted for the supporters. It’s a long way to come and I appreciate their efforts. The fans were brilliant today.”

Sarll explained the thinking behind his unorthodox substitution, saying he would have rather his side lost 2-0 by attacking incessantly with minutes remaining than go down without a whimper and Franks was central to that theory.

He added: “I don’t think we showed real vigour. I thought we played ok. I thought we could do a little bit more. I thought we could be a little more vigorous in the final third.

“Luckily when our big centre-half went up there he was a bit more vigorous and he did force his way in.

“I’m a little bit disappointed we didn’t win the game given the number of chances we created.

“Fraser is a terrific lad. Very reliable. I’ve known his for a long while now. He’ll contest everything,

“I thought let’s just try something else. We were the team on top the only thing we missed was a finishing touch.

“We kept going at it and kept plugging away and in the end we got a point.”

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