Defiant Sarll focused on ‘big game’ as struggling Chesterfield visit The Lamex

PUBLISHED: 10:23 22 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:25 22 December 2017

Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll is in defiant mood ahead of tomorrows Sky Bet League Two clash with Chesterfield FC. Picture: Martyn Haworth

Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll is in defiant mood ahead of tomorrows Sky Bet League Two clash with Chesterfield FC. Picture: Martyn Haworth

Martyn Haworth

Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll is in defiant mood ahead of tomorrow’s Sky Bet League Two clash with Chesterfield FC.

Boro are without a league win since October 17 – when they beat Accrington Stanley 3-2 at The Lamex Stadium – but the 34-year-old is keen to focus on Saturday’s game rather than his side’s form.

Sarll told the Comet: “When the performances and results haven’t been good there’s a lot to be critical about.

“But, we all know that if you constantly tell someone something they do start to believe it so we can’t just walk around being negative and grumpy.

“I don’t want to live my life like that. I don’t want to be that person. The players have been told and we have to move on to Chesterfield.

“The situation can sometimes eclipse the opponent and that’s what we have to be very careful of.

“We have to play Chesterfield in its own right, try very hard to move everything else to one side and get focused on what we can effect which is the game ahead of us.”

Tomorrow’s opponents are also struggling in League Two.

The Spireites are languishing in 23rd with only goal difference separating them and bottom side Forest Green Rovers.

Sarll is expecting a difficult afternoon despite Chesterfield sitting in the relegation zone – while the Boro boss also praised his opposite number, Jack Lester.

“It’s a big game and it’ll be a really difficult game,” he said.

“Chesterfield have definitely improved since Jack became manager, no question about that.

“They have got some good players and the financial clout that has allowed them to recruit those players.

“For Chris O’Grady to be a substitute in League Two, that’s not a bad player to have on your bench.”

With Stevenage allowing season ticket holders to bring a friend for free this weekend, a big crowd is expected at The Lamex – with Sarll wanting to impress the Boro faithful.

“We are at home and we want to have a great home record so the supporters can see us play well often enough during the season,” he said.

“It’s an important game we need to win, but if we were playing Luton at home we would need to win that as badly as we need to beat Chesterfield.”

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