Beware the ‘wounded animal’ Charles tells Stevenage’s opponents

Darius Charles says Boro are a 'wounded animal'. Photo: Harry Hubbard

Darius Charles says Boro are a 'wounded animal'. Photo: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

Striker says League 1’s bottom side are ready to have a ‘good go at it’ between now and the end of the season

Darius Charles says Stevenage’s ‘wounded animal’ is ready to pick itself up and fight for its League 1 survival.

Boro lost at home to Peterborough United today thanks to Nicky Ajose’s goal, and with the likes of Crewe Alexandra, Sheffield United and Shrewsbury Town all winning this afternoon the result leaves Stevenage bottom of the league and nine points from safety.

Forward Charles, however, says it is still possible for his side to drag its way to safety.

“I think you’ll find that the wounded animal is always the most dangerous one,” Charles told the Comet. “We’re wounded at the moment and we’re looking to really have a good go between now and the end of the season.”

Charles had two great chances to earn Stevenage a point in this afternoon’s game, but after seeing his first effort saved by Bobby Olejnik in the Posh goal he then had a ‘goal’ ruled out for offside when following up another save from Olejnik from Luke Freeman’s shot.

Manager Graham Westley said the decision to chalk off the goal was like ‘splitting hairs’.

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Charles said: “We felt a bit disappointed not to get something out of the game. Obviously I had a chance which the keeper saved well which I should have put away, and the one offside where maybe on another day the lino keeps his flag down.

“Credit to the keeper [for the first one], it’s a good save but I’d back myself to score that.

“[The offisde chance], it happens so quick in those sorts of scenarios. Luke has come inside and had a shot, and I’m trying to stay onside but in a position where I can pounce on a rebound which I did but unfortunately it was ruled offside.”

Despite being bottom of the table, Charles says the players will not concentrate on the standings and will, instead, focus on getting three points against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday evening

“We’ve still got games in hand, there’s still a lot of games to be played,” the striker said.

“We’ve got to play it game by game and not worry too much about the table. The gaffer says make sure we win our games and the table will take care of itself.”