Back the Boro! Inspirational boss Sarll issues rallying cry for town to get behind his Stevenage lads in today’s crucial game

Darren Sarll speaks to The Comet at the training ground press conference.

Darren Sarll speaks to The Comet at the training ground press conference. - Credit: Archant

Get behind your town and your local team!

That’s the inspirational rallying cry from Stevenage FC boss Darren Sarll today as he urges everyone associated with the town and the club to back the Boro in their bid to cement a League Two play-off place.

His Stevenage side currently sit in the coveted play-off positions, in fifth place, two points ahead of eighth placed Carlisle United as they take on Mansfield Town later today at the Lamex Stadium.

It may be a crowded field in the race to finish in the top seven. Where even 14th placed Grimsby Town can mathematically qualify for the play-offs.

But passionate Sarll is convinced his team have what it takes to reach the promised land of the play-offs – if everybody gets behind his brave boys.

“We are a happy club. We’ve got a very positive group. We’ve got a group that trust and rely on each other heavily. Now what I want the supporters to help propel us forward in the next three games.

“We need that little injection from the fans that says: ‘Come on fellas just keep going.

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“The East Terrace have been absolutely magnificent this year. I can’t tell you how many times when I’ve been disappointed after a game and you go to applaud them and thank them and they’re right behind you.

“Our support has been magnificent all year. And now we need everyone to get behind us against Mansfield.”

Sarll and his men have shown togetherness and a quality of spirit many thought was impossible after he took over from the ill-fated Teddy Sheringham as Boro boss in early 2016.

He stabilised a listing ship then kick-started a drastic improvement this season, in an eye-catching run that has brought the Boro to the edge of glory.

But it’s not over by a long shot yet. They need your help to get them over the line.

Sarll roared: “For Stevenage to achieve we need a massive club effort.

“We need the players to be at the top of their game.

“We need the manger to be at the top of his form.

“We need the supporters to be as loud and as positive as possible.

“We need everyone.

“We need the laundry ladies to do their job and smile and be happy around the place.

“I want everyone to enjoy it. I just want to be in the play-offs.

“People say they want the three games to be over. Why on earth would I wish the three games to be over?

“I won’t ever live the 2016/17 season again so I want to enjoy every minute of it. And I want my supporters to enjoy every minute too.

“Because from where we’ve come from to what we’ve done is an incredible effort, And I want everyone to be as enthused about the future of Stevenage as I am.

“Regardless of the vulnerability and fragility of being a manager I want to behave in a manner which says I want to be here for the next ten years.

“And I want people to enjoy what we’ve started, and how we’re going to build on it.

“Whatever happens on Saturday I want people to remain positive and see that the club is moving in a forward direction and get behind these lads – because they’ve given absolutely everything.”

If Boro do qualify for the League Two play-offs they will then face a two legged tie against one of their rivals in the top seven.

If they then win that they will play at Wembley in the late May Bank Holiday to determine whether they can reach the promised land of League One.

But Sarll is not looking further than today’s crucial match with Mansfield.

He says: “Wembley is a mile away. A month in football is a year. All I’m looking forward to is our next three games starting with Mansfield.

“They’re the only things I can control in my world.

“I want us to sprint, jump, explode, accelerate into our last three games and I want everyone to feel so excited about Stevenage Football Club.

“Go and look at last season’s league table after 46 games and go and look at our league table after 43 games this season.

“Because everyone – absolutely everyone connected with this club should feel very proud about contributing to where we are.”

Stevenage v Mansfield Town. The Lamex. Kick off 3pm.

For ticket information visit www.stevenagefc.com and follow them on Twitter @StevenageFC.

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