Boro squad enjoy Algarve break

Craig Reid says Portugal trip provided much-needed break

STEVENAGE striker Craig Reid says last week’s break in the Algarve gave his side a much-needed break after a hectic playing schedule in recent weeks.

Boro have played Saturday-Tuesday for eight of the past nine weeks as they have worked their way into the League 2 play-offs, and as a reward for their recent form they were allowed a brief break in Portugal to unwind although skipped Mark Roberts missed the trip because he cleaned his passport in the wash.

Speaking after Boro’s win over Bradford on Saturday, Reid said: “It was nice to get out there for a couple of days. We all played a bit of golf, sat by the pool, relaxed.

“After we have had a few hectic weeks playing Saturday-Tuesday it was nice for the gaffer, and much appreciated, to give us a break.

“We’ve obviously just going about our business at the moment, not thinking too far ahead and taking every game as it comes but winning these games, it’s brought us a lot of confidence and training has been great this week.

“It’s amazing what wins do to you, and hopefully we’ll take it to the next game.”

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Reid set up Darius Charles for Boro’s second goal, but Boro’s record signing thought he had set up the same player earlier in the game for the opener only for the referee to pull the game back for a Stevenage penalty which John Mousinho had converted.

“I managed just to touch it off to Darius and he put it in and we all thought the referee was blowing for the goal. Mous, there was a lot of pressure on that penalty, but fair play to him he stuck it away with a lot of confidence and it was the goal we wanted.

“(For the second goal) we work a lot in training about finishing and it was one of them I just knew where Darius was. Me and him, we do a lot in training so it was just routine for us really and it was a clean finish from him.”

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