Failure to score is a team issue and not just about strikers, says Sheringham

Stevenage's Brett Williams saw his penalty saved on Saturday. Photo: Danny Loo

Stevenage's Brett Williams saw his penalty saved on Saturday. Photo: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Stevenage boss wouldn’t confirm if Brett Williams remained on penalties; Tom Pett not injured, was left out of squad on Saturday

Stevenage boss Teddy Sheringham says a failure to score in the club’s last three matches is a team problem, not a striker problem.

Boro haven’t won in their last five games, and goals have now dried up in their last three with the club firing blanks against Cambridge United, Mansfield Town and then on Saturday against Carlisle United.

Stevenage host Dagenham & Redbridge this evening (Wednesday) in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Competition rules say clubs must include six players who played in their previous league game, but Boro are expected to field their strongest available line-up as they look for a turnaround in fortunes.

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Speaking exclusively to the Comet ahead of the game, Sheringham was asked about the club’s lack of goals.

“[It is] a bit of a concern that we’re not getting as many chances as we’d like, not creating many chances,” Sheringham said.

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“It’s all a team game whether you’re losing goals or scoring.

“The strikers could be saying ‘well you’re not giving us chances’ but they’ve also got to hold the ball up in the first place to get our team into the other half to get wingers going down the line to get the ball in.

“It’s a catch 22 of people blaming everyone. It’s not anyone’s fault; it’s everyone’s fault. We’re all trying to create chances. We need to do better in every area, it’s as simple as that.”

Brett Williams missed from the spot on Saturday in the defeat to Carlisle, and asked if the striker would be on penalty duty this evening should one come up Sheringham said people would have to ‘wait and see’.

Tom Pett was also left out of the squad at the weekend, but the Boro boss would not be drawn on whether he would be involved this evening.

“He was left out. I’ve got a big squad. I want competition for places,” Sheringham said.

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