Freeman ready to return to Stevenage side for Walsall clash

Luke Freeman tries a stepover to beat the defender. Photo: Danny Loo

Luke Freeman tries a stepover to beat the defender. Photo: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Stevenage winger Luke Freeman is itching to get back into the Stevenage starting XI after missing Saturday’s 2-1 home SkyBet League 1 win over Brentford.

The 21-year-old was suspended for the match after picking up his fifth yellow card of the campaign in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy victory over MK Dons.

“I was a bit gutted I was suspended, I’ve never really had that before,” said the former Arsenal man who was left to watch the game.

“It was very different, you look at a game very differently to when you’re involved in it, but I’m just happy we got the three points that’s the main thing.

“It has probably done me a bit of good to have a rest as well, before Saturday I think I’ve played every game and started every one so it might have been a blessing in disguise.


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“I had a few days of recovery and I’m looking forward to the weekend.”

Boro travel to Walsall on Saturday hoping for their third win on the bounce following a poor run of results.

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“It had been a hard month or two really in the camp,” said Freeman.

“There were games where we could have really got something from the game, but we never really had that bit of luck or if we were losing it was through our own mistakes rather than anyone outplaying us as such.

“It was quite frustrating and quite hard, but I think we are through that now and looking strong.”

New signing Francois Zoko has been pivotal in the clubs upturn in form, bagging three goals in two appearances since his arrival and Freeman has praised the striker’s performances.

“He’s made a massive impact, he’s got a knack of scoring goals, and he’s what we need,” he said.

“We haven’t really had anyone in the last couple of seasons since I’ve been here that’s a goalscorer as such and that’s what he does, he scores goals and that’s what you want.

“He might not always play amazingly well, but you need someone who is going to put the ball in the net and that is definitely what he does.”

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