Impressive Goddard positive about life at Stevenage and can see good results coming

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 February 2018

John Goddard of Stevenage and Oliver Lee of Luton Town battle for the ball (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

John Goddard of Stevenage and Oliver Lee of Luton Town battle for the ball (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Johnny Goddard can’t see a reason why Stevenage won’t have a strong finish to their Sky Bet League Two campaign.

John Goddard of Stevenage goes close against Luton Town (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)John Goddard of Stevenage goes close against Luton Town (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Fresh from his man of the match performance against Luton Town, the former Swindon Town man has seen enough since arriving at the Lamex to convince him good times could be right around the corner.

He said: “My last game was two months ago when Swindon came here and got beat by five so I knew Stevenage had some good players.

“It’s just about getting some consistency.

“But from what I’ve seen in training, from the management staff and from the young players that we’ve got as well, we can get some good results in this league.

“Everyone has a part to play.

“Since I’ve been here we’ve gone to Accrington and were 2-0 up and we’ve matched Luton.

“There is plenty to work with and we should be positive up to the end of the season.”

Making his home debut Goddard was the driving force in Saturday’s 1-1 draw as Boro made the league leaders scrap for any positive outcome.

“I think we can be proud of the performance,” said the 24-year-old. “It almost feels like we’ve lost a little bit because when you play that well you want to go and get three points.

“It’s my first game here, there was a really good atmosphere and I really enjoyed it but we need to build on it.

“We brought some good players into the club to go with the good players that were already here and against Luton we were well organised, had something about us and were good going forward.

“So it was a good blend.”

Stevenage dominated the game at the Lamex, certainly in the second half, but were almost left with nothing after a late penalty put the Hatters ahead.

But Danny Newton’s equaliser ensured a well-deserved point.

Goddard said: “The gaffer has given us a game plan that we’ve stuck to and worked. The only thing more we could ask for is the three points.

“We’ve given it everything and it wasn’t the case where Luton could have gone away and said they deserved more.

“The way the game panned out they would have taken a point.

“Going behind at such a late stage it could have taken the wind out of our sails but it has rejuvenated us and given us a push and at the end there was only going to be one winner.”

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