Gallery: Draw will act as a wake-up call - Westley
Boro boss Graham Westley believes Tuesday night s 1-1 draw with Grays Athletic should act as a wake-up call for his players. After picking up five consecutive wins Boro were expected to easily dispose of a Grays side still searching for their best form
Boro boss Graham Westley believes Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Grays Athletic should act as "a wake-up call" for his players.
After picking up five consecutive wins Boro were expected to easily dispose of a Grays side still searching for their best form but, under the stewardship of new manager Julian Dicks, they put in a dogged performance to frustrate Stevenage.
Westley said it demonstrated to his squad, and everyone connected with the club, just how difficult it is to keep a winning run going in the Blue Square Premier.
"You get nothing for nothing and as a football club we've got to recognise that you've got to earn your points," Westley told The Comet. "It was a wake-up call for everyone last night just how difficult it is to keep a winning run going."
Boro fell behind in the 14th minute when Petar Rnkovic gave Grays the lead and, although Lee Boylan grabbed an equaliser before half time, Westley's side did not do enough throughout the evening to justify taking all three points.
Westley paid tribute to the workrate of Grays but admitted that his players had let the opposition dictate the tempo of the game.
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"We are obviously disappointed to spill two points but I don't think we should underestimate the challenge put up by Grays," added Westley.
"They carried a threat going forward as well. They ran very hard all night and I would think they have got some very tired lads at their place this morning.
"What I think disappointed us most is that we only did what Grays allowed us to do.
"We've played some really good football recently but I think we allowed ourselves to be harried out of our normal rhythm.