Cup exits should benefit league form

Graham Westley shouts some orders

Graham Westley shouts some orders - Credit: Archant

Stevenage’s league form will see an up-turn now the club’s Capital One and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy campaigns have come to an end, according to manager Graham Westley.

Boro were knocked out of the JPT on Tuesday by Gillingham and exited the Capital One Cup at the hands of Watford on August 12.

Speaking at a press conference today, Westley said: “It’s great to go through in cup competitions, but where we are, the knocks we’ve had, the players we’ve got coming back and the evolution of the team, it will be a benefit to have clear weeks rather than Capital One and JPT games.

“In term of league form, we’ll see a massive benefit, just as we did back in 2010.”

And far from being disappointed at exiting the JPT, the manager saw “plenty of positives” from Tuesday’s display to take forward in the League Two campaign.

“I’m not really as disappointed as you might think,” he said.

“In performance terms, we passed the ball well over 90 minutes, had more possession, twice as many chance and I think we had by far the better of the game and on a different day it would convert into the right result for us.”

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With Boro now out of two cup competitions, Westley will be hoping his team can convert those good performances in the league into three points.