Boss Westley sees progression in his Stevenage side

Graham Westley during the game

Graham Westley during the game - Credit: Archant

STEVENAGE manager Graham Westley has vowed Boro’s disappointing start to the season is not a reflection of how the rest of the campaign will pan out.

Boro suffered a third defeat from three league games on Saturday as they went down 1-0 at home to Sky Bet League One leaders Leyton Orient.

That had followed on from a 4-3 opening day defeat to Oldham Athletic and a subsequent 1-0 loss at Swindon Town.

Westley said: “Disappointing results first three, but in no way a reflection of what’s going to go on this season.

“We started out Conference championship year with six points from five and we can still get six from five and that will be the target we’re aiming for.”


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At the Lamex Stadium on Saturday, Orient’s Kevin Lisbie first half header sealed the game for the visitors.

Despite the result, the Boro boss was positive about his side’s display.

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“It was a much more pleasing performance for me than we saw last weekend,” he said.

“We could have stolen a point at Swindon, but it wouldn’t have been deserved because of what we did first half.

“I think today [Saturday] if we’d have nicked a late equaliser it probably wouldn’t have been a just reflection of what we did out there ‘cos there was some good passages of play from us, our ball retention was good, our chance creation was high and if you think about the 90 minutes they haven’t really done a lot to our goalkeeper and we have done a lot more to their goal in terms of attacking threat.

“I thought it was a progressive performance, better than we have been doing we have got a lot of newness in the camp.”

Westley made seven changes to his starting line-up against Orient, he added: “You can see understandings are struggling at times, understandings of what I want are struggling with certain players, but we are developing and they are getting to know each other and getting to know the club and the way we work and the way we want to play.”

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