Stevenage boss Darren Sarll previews Swindon Town after Crawley draw at Lamex

PUBLISHED: 11:08 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:08 15 September 2017

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll. Picture Danny Loo.

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll. Picture Danny Loo.

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Stevenage’s 1-1 draw with Crawley Town in SkyBet League Two on Tuesday evening left boss Darren Sarll frustrated as he looks towards getting back to winning ways against Swindon Town at the weekend.

Danny Newton. Picture: Danny LooDanny Newton. Picture: Danny Loo

With one point gained from six from the last two league matches at the Lamex this week Sarll is hoping for more luck on the road against the Robins on Saturday.

The home side took the lead against Crawley just before half-time through a superb goal from Danny Newton, who dropped his shoulder to beat his man before firing a powerful, low drive beyond the reach of the visitors keeper Glenn Morris.

However an equally excellent goal just after the interval from on-loan forward Ibrahim Meite levelled the game in wet and windy conditions. The 21-year-old loanee from Cardiff could have scored prior to Newton’s opener but a fine save from Boro keeper Joe Fryer denied him.

The draw sees Boro fall to seventh as they prepare to travel to Wiltshere. But first Sarll spoke to CometSport about the week that was. Analysing the draw against Harry Kewell’s side he said: “It was frustrating. I don’t think there was anyone in the ground tonight who wasn’t frustrated.

Matt Godden tries to win the ball back. Picture: Danny LooMatt Godden tries to win the ball back. Picture: Danny Loo

“We controlled large parts of the first half but after they scored their goal they made things difficult for us in the way they set up.

“If you look at the seven goals we’ve conceded they have all come from individual errors by players who have yet to hit full form.”

Sarll refused to blame Tom Pett for the goal Boro conceded after the hard-working midfielder gave the ball away which led to Meite’s equaliser.

However the Boro boss said: “Not many teams will choose West Brom over Barcelona. It’s important that we keep playing football.

Tom Pett is tripped by Neal Eardley in the middle of the park. Picture: Danny LooTom Pett is tripped by Neal Eardley in the middle of the park. Picture: Danny Loo

“It wasn’t naive to concede.

“It wasn’t naive, it was simply a mistake from a player with more than 100 games under his belt. Once we iron out those problems and get people playing at full form then it will make a difference – because I don’t think we are all there yet.

“Some players need eight or nine games at the start of the season to get going and to find their level of performances we know they’re capable of. And once we do that then I think we’ll be more than OK.

“We are disappointed at conceding a goal and drawing on a night with horrible weather conditions – but last year I think we may have conceded a second goal.

Danny Newton lands on top of Neal Eardley. Picture: Danny LooDanny Newton lands on top of Neal Eardley. Picture: Danny Loo

“We are trying to add consistency, and we know we should have taken more points but it’s OK.”

Turning his thoughts to the Swindon game Sarll said: “We are very thorough with our preparation against teams and Swindon on Saturday is no different.

“Normally we will have watched opponents at least three times minimum and hopefully I will get to see the team as well.

“We will cover plenty of their games home and away. It’s important we take stock of the Crawley result before concentrating on Swindon.

“It’s not like we will have lots of time to get back on the training pitch and work on all the issues because you’re subtracting from the work you need to do to win the game on Saturday.

“It will be important to recover correctly and get ‘our legs back’ and prepare the best way we can to give us the best chance to beat Swindon on Saturday.

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