Stevenage boss Darren Sarll rues missed chances at Lincoln City
PUBLISHED: 11:44 27 December 2017
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Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll was left ruing missed opportunities as his side fell to a 3-0 defeat away at Lincoln City on Boxing Day.
Boro were looking to pick up back-to-back Sky Bet League Two wins after beating Chesterfield FC 5-1 on Saturday but, goals from Harry Anderson, Matt Green and Josh Ginnelly condemned Sarll’s side.
The Boro boss was frustrated that his team did not make the most of their early chances, something he has highlighted as an issue throughout the season.
Sarll told the club’s official website: “The away performances have been very similar in that we have struggled to score that first goal when chances have been aplenty at times.
“In the first half we had three forward v goalie situations.
“Newton had one a couple of yards out, Samuel had one a couple of yards out and we have failed to get that really important first goal.
“The first goal is vitally important in these games, especially at the time when I thought we were on top.
“For the first 30, 35 minutes we were comfortable and what transpires is a typical Lincoln goal.
“To go in 1-0 down at half-time was disappointing and on reflection, they are game changers.”
Sarll was also left disappointed by the mistakes Stevenage made in the second-half, with the 34-year-old hoping for a better away performance at Crawley Town this Saturday.
“It was very disappointing because we gave more experience to the team in the second half and the decisions were inexperienced, naïve decisions and they cost us,” he said.
“The two goals in the second half have been with a back four of I don’t know, 1500 games between them?
“That is the disappointing element of it and why we give young players a chance here.
“When you come here, you definitely have to take your chances when they are presented.
“In the big away wins we had last year, we took chances when they were presented, we didn’t wait. No-one misses on purpose but they are key moments.
“We have another big away game now on Saturday at Crawley. We have to show much more teeth in the final third and we may have to shake things up again.”