All that matters is the three points - Westley
STEVENAGE Borough boss Graham Westley said he was delighted with his side s second half performance as they came from behind to beat Grays Athletic on Tuesday evening. Boro conceded a goal three minutes before the interval despite having most of the posse
STEVENAGE Borough boss Graham Westley said he was delighted with his side's second half performance as they came from behind to beat Grays Athletic on Tuesday evening.
Boro conceded a goal three minutes before the interval despite having most of the possession in the first half but after making two changes at the break - with the introduction of striker Tim Sills making a real difference up front - Westley said he thought his players were 'tremendous' in their comeback.
"I suppose you could argue that at this time of the year how you get there is not important but it's getting there that is important," the Boro boss said.
"It was a really difficult surface here tonight and you couldn't get any fluency to the play and in honesty I probably picked the wrong team.
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"Bearing in mind the conditions we had players out there who like to get it down, and it was only really after the introduction of the target man in the second half that we got our game going forward. I thought our attitude in the second half was tremendous.
"They really got on the front foot, took the game to them and I thought deserved the win through the aggression they showed in their play."
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Westley said he believes his players let their standards drop in the first half as Grays frustrated Boro and this showed as one or two of his players lost their cool.
"The intensity wasn't there and we definitely upped our game in the second half.
"Half time came at the right time. We had the shock of the goal and one or two did lose their discipline through desire more than anything else but we got ourselves back together, put in a disciplined second half display and showed some really good purposeful football.
"We played the right way in those conditions and we got the two goals and got the three points."
The introduction of Charlie Griffin late on was key in that the striker forced Grays defender Daniel Bunce to head into his own goal for Boro's winner but it was another change which forced the hosts on to the back foot in the second half.
"The pitch was really difficult and trying to work long passages of possession was difficult out there," Westley said.
"It was a question of getting into good crossing areas and putting the ball into forward areas and living off the seconds and that's what we did.
"I thought (Tim) Sills came of age as a Stevenage player. It's the first time he has worn the shirt and made a big difference and he made a really big difference tonight.