Sarll praises 10-man Stevenage
PUBLISHED: 12:51 28 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:51 28 August 2017
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Stevenage manager Darren Sarll was full of praise for his players as they battled to a 1-0 win over Barnet at The Hive on Saturday.
Tom Pett scored the only goal of the game in the 27th minute with a superb volley but Boro had Dale Gorman sent off less than 10 minutes later for a lunging tackle on Mauro Vilhete.
Sarll was pleased to see Pett get on the scoresheet but claimed he had not seen Gorman’s tackle.
The Boro boss told the Comet: “Tom comes in for a lot of criticism from me for his productivity. I felt he should have added four or five to his tally last season but it was a terrifically taken opportunity.
“Everyone else in the box had switched off and Tom was the brightest mind in that moment.
“Dale is an honest lad. He’s an aggressive player but he comes from the most humble of backgrounds and has real honesty to his game. I’m not sure he would go and play dangerously or recklessly in front of others.”
Sarll was disappointed with his team’s reaction to going down to 10 men, but praised their mentality after half-time as they held on for all three points.
He added: “Initially I was very disappointed when we went down to 10 men because I tell everyone that I am not the type to retreat.
“I want to get out there and take the fight to people.
“Playing with 10 poses a problem in doing that, but I just felt we were a little bit too afraid to go and outplay them with a man less, which is doable with the players we’ve got.
“They got a bit of a size nine up the backside at half-time.
“We just wanted to make sure we were engaged and out to press their players.
“We wanted to stop Barnet playing through us and highlight certain positions where they could and couldn’t have it.
“The big thing was the mentality. I am really proud of the players”