Confident Stevenage looking forward ahead of Yeovil Town trip

Manager Darren Sarll says the mood is still one of confidence in the play-off chasing Stevenage camp

Manager Darren Sarll says the mood is still one of confidence in the play-off chasing Stevenage camp. Picture: GAVIN ELLIS/TGS PHOTO - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Confidence remains high at Stevenage and they looking up the table rather than down as they head into Saturday’s crunch game with Yeovil Town.

Defeat at home to Mansfield last Saturday has left Boro in the final play-off place in Sky Bet League Two with a number of teams closing in on them.

But manager Darren Sarll has said not only has training gone very well, but they have also been boosted by the return of a number of players from injury.

And he says the whole squad is looking forward, not backwards as the season enters its final two games.

He said: “Our target is always what’s ahead of us. I want to live my life with a determination and a positivity rather than being a scared little boy who is looking over his shoulder and what is behind us.

“To get to sixth we should have the ambition of beating Yeovil.

“We’re a little bit thicker in our quality. There are lots of players back who have all been able to get a good week in them.

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“It’s been a good week, a very demanding week, but a very focussed one from the players point of the view. Looking on as the coach I’ve seen a focus about their work this week.

“We don’t need to change anything [although] we do need to improve but they are more than capable of those improvements in the six days since the Mansfield game.”

One of those players on the way back for injury is Ben Kennedy, with the mercurial forward making an appearance from the bench against the Stags.

And that will leave the Boro boss with a decision to make.

He said: “I don’t think any cause is worth damaging another person physically so we’ll leave it as late as possible on Saturday to make that decision.

“I’d like to think he’ll be on the pitch at some stage, whether that’s as an impact player as he did on Saturday – I thought he gave the whole place a lift when he came on – but whether he will be in a position, physically, to start, I don’t know.

“Ronnie Henry had a good 70 minutes in him [against Mansfield] and Jamie Jones had another good game.

“But you need the characters in the squad like Ronnie Henry. They’ve seen out so many seasons in so many ways. They’re two big plusses for us.

“We’ve worked every day and we’ve given ourselves every chance against a good Yeovil side.”