Stevenage’s Glenn Roeder: It’s about getting back to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 12:38 23 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:38 23 September 2017

Stevenage FC advisor Glenn Roeder. Picture: Danny Loo

Stevenage FC advisor Glenn Roeder. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

CometSport’s Layth Yousif talked to Glenn Roeder ahead of Saturday’s match against Morecambe. Read on for more.

Layth: Just touching on Morecambe, they’ve worked wonders there considering losing five-hundred grand a year. Perhaps that’s the reality of all teams at this level; I looked at the Crawley attendance the other day, nineteen-hundred. What would you say to the Stevenage fans in the area in terms of getting behind their side?’

Glenn: ‘I think are fans are absolutely terrific. I know in my career sometimes I’ve been spoilt with the clubs I’ve worked for, played for, coached or managed where we’ve always had significantly bigger crowds. We’d like more to come obviously and more will only come with us winning more and getting back into those play-offs and staying in that part of the table for the rest of the season. I think the fans that do come are very supportive; they get behind us. Sometimes we haven’t always fulfilled their expectations and that means we haven’t fulfilled ours either. But it’s about us getting back to winning ways starting Saturday then we’ve got a midweek fixture up at Carlisle.

Layth: In terms of positives you can take from the Crawley game, Danny Newton’s goal was absolutely fantastic; What have you said to him?

Glenn: ‘Well there’s some things in football that I’ve learnt that players do, especially offensive players that a coach can’t teach. You have an ability to do certain things which Danny showed against Crawley. I think all of us said when he went on that dribble and he had his head down and I’m sitting in the stand thinking for God sake lay the ball off, oh great shot you know it was one of those moments and you get those during the season. Oh what are you doing, oh what fantastic shot that was and you know that’s how it’s been for him.

Obviously we need to get Matty Godden scoring more, he’s broken his duck now didn’t get off to the quickest start last year so we’re assuming it will go that way for him second time around. I always think whether you’re a manager, senior coach, player who has come from non-league the second season is harder than the first season because first season no one is expecting anything, so if something good happens everyone is especially sometimes surprised but definitely delighted. But the pressure obviously cranks up because they expect you to do that again or even better that. But I see enough of Matty Godden in training to believe he can definitely match the amount of goals he scored last year and it wouldn’t surprise me if he got more.’

Transcribed by sportswriter Leon Waite

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