Cheltenham v Stevenage: Boro boss more away-day joy
PUBLISHED: 18:00 01 September 2017
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Stevenage FC are currently unbeaten in Sky Bet League Two with four of their eight points coming away from home as they prepare to head to Cheltenham Town this weekend.
Boro boss Darren Sarll made it clear to his players before last Saturday’s trip to Barnet that he wants this side to be a top team and picking up points away from The Lamex Stadium is a must.
The 34-year-old told the Comet: “Every game is an opportunity to pick up points.
“Before the Barnet game we made a big thing out of how our expectations have changed over the course of the past 18 months. We spoke to the players in depth about this.
“I use Glenn Roeder a lot when we are talking about things like this because of the level he has worked at and his experience.
“We said to the players, if we were the top club in League Two what would be our expectations? Would we expect to go away from home and win games? Absolutely.
“If we were the worst club in League Two would we say hold on for a point and get something from the game?
“So I said to them, this is really simple, what would you like to be?
“I know what I want to be, a top club, so let’s go away from home and let’s win games.”
Sarll believes the trick behind success away from home is making changes based on the opposition, something he will be doing again this Saturday.
“To win games away from home do you have to be strategically different? I don’t think so,” he added.
“You have to make those changes based on your opponent.
“We did that last Saturday terrifically well and I know with the same outlook, hunger mentality and desire we’ll have an opportunity to win and take something away from Cheltenham on Saturday.”