Boss Westley looking for Stevenage improvement at Swindon

Graham Westley on the sidelines v Hartlepool

Graham Westley on the sidelines v Hartlepool - Credit: Archant

STEVENAGE go into Saturday’s clash at Swindon Town knowing they will have a large say on who takes the final League 1 play-off spot.

Boro themselves can finish as high as 13th if they win their last two matches of the season and other results go their way.

Their remaining opponents, Swindon and MK Dons, are eyeing sixth place which would ensure a chance of promotion to the Championship through the lottery of the play-offs.

Swindon are in sixth at the moment with 71 points from 44 games, with MK Dons seventh on 67 from 44.

Speaking at Stevenage’s Bragbury End training ground, Boro boss Graham Westley admitted his players will only be focused on their own targets during those encounters.

He said: “We can affect things for ourselves and that’s all we are really interested in.

“We don’t care about our opponents, they’re irrelevant to us, it has to be about ourselves and our own development.”

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Westley saw his side lose for the first time in his third tenure in charge of the club on Saturday as they were beaten 2-0 by Yeovil Town at the Lamex Stadium.

“We want to see an improved performance from last weekend,” he said

“We’ve worked hard this week to make sure we can see changes in what we do and that’s the only thing we’ll be measuring.”

Of Swindon, now managed by Kevin MacDonald following the departure of now Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio in February, he added: “It’s a tough place to go, I watched them [Swindon] play the other night and they played very well and took a decent Crewe side to pieces.

“We know we’re in for a tough game, but I have to say they expect a tough game too.”

The boss also added that next season he will not be looking to emulate recent opponents in only making the play-offs.

“I won’t want to be like Yeovil or Swindon because they’re in the top six, but they’re not top,” he said.

“I want to be able to beat any side in the league, that’s always been my agenda whichever football club I’m at to put ourselves in a position where we work hard enough and are smart enough to beat any team in the league.

“They’ve had decent seasons, but I’m not using them as my benchmark far from it.”

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