Gallery: Westley looks for a hero
Boro boss Graham Westley is looking for a hero to step forward after Saturday s 0-0 draw against Torquay United left the club outside the play-offs. Boro carved out several good chances against United but nobody seized their opportunity meaning tomorrow
Boro boss Graham Westley is looking for a hero to step forward after Saturday's 0-0 draw against Torquay United left the club outside the play-offs.
Boro carved out several good chances against United but nobody seized their opportunity meaning tomorrow's match against Kidderminster has suddenly become a must-win if Westley's side want to keep their play-off fate in their hands.
With the stakes so high, the Boro chief is wary of his players falling into the trap of fearing what they could lose instead of what they could gain.
"At the end of the day you've got to go out and win promotion," Westley told The Comet. "Saturday was one of those days when nobody stepped up and became the hero.
"We've got a lot of young players in our camp who are in this situation for the first time and they probably don't realise how good they are.
"I think they don't realise that they can afford to be heroes. It's an enjoyable experience being a hero and I'm sure they will step up to the mark as we kick on now.
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"Getting a game like Torquay out the way for young players is a really positive thing. They will have realised they can go into these games and get something. That will be good for their growth."
Lee Mansell's second-half dismissal provided an excellent chance to take all three points but Boro could not make the extra man tell.
"We all know the 10-man factor kicks in where sides get their backs to the wall and work that little bit harder," added Westley.
"You don't think it's going to be a massive advantage. Good sides know how to play with 10 men and cope.
"We cut some chances open and we probably had the better of the game but we weren't able to convert that extra man into a goal."
Morison missed Boro's best opportunity in the first half when he stabbed wide from close range as the former Northampton man's indifferent form in front of goal continued.
But Westley has once against backed Morison to emerge from his current drought.
"It just hasn't happened for him at the moment," admitted Westley. "Sides look at the goalscoring chart and see 28 to his name and they pay him a lot of attention and that's probably why the others like Mitchell (Cole), Bizz (Lee Boylan) and Bridgo (David Bridges) have been chipping in because there's been a lot of attention on Morison, who has been the top goalscorer in the league for most of the year.
"Times will change though as you don't keep a man like him quiet for too long.