Stevenage boss Darren Sarll respects Port Vale threat ahead of League Two clash

PUBLISHED: 10:28 30 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:34 30 September 2017

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll is wary of the threat Port Vale will pose. Credit: Stevenage FC

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll is wary of the threat Port Vale will pose. Credit: Stevenage FC


Stevenage take on Port Vale at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday as they pursue a third consecutive victory in the space of seven days.

Boro will be grateful for a home fixture following the arduous journey up to Carlisle United on Tuesday night- their 2-0 win a first triumph at Brunton Park in twelve years. The performance midweek was encouraging and a game against a side languishing in 22nd place with a solitary win to their name this weekend should be another opportunity to emerge with three points.

But manager Darren Sarll is fully aware of the quality Port Vale have in their team despite their poor form: “It’ll be tough, they’ve got good players who’ve spent the majority of their careers in League One or the Championship.

“So it’s a good collection of players and I know obviously the club will be going through a certain time at the moment but it’s not for me comment or focus on.”

Stevenage were fully expected to see off the threat of Crawley Town – managed by former Liverpool winger Harry Kewell – earlier this month but were held to a 1-1 draw but Sarll is keen to a avoid similar result.

“Some people would have thought we would have had an easier night at home to Crawley the other night but was a tough game, as tough as they come.

“So because of the nature of the clubs in League Two there’s lots of humility, there are lots of hard-working players in the division and every game is a contest.”

Danny Newton, Tom Pett and Fraser Franks are hopeful of featuring on Saturday but Sarll suggested it’s touch and go. Henry should be fully fit.

According to Sarll, his side have run in excess of 220km in their previous two matches so perhaps his desire to improve the athleticism of the squad has worked and he will be hoping for one final push, as “nine points in a week would be terrific.”

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