INTERVIEW: Chris Day on Stevenage’s building momentum
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Boro keeper: ‘This time of year there’s things to be won, and promotions to be won. There’s plenty of us who have done it’
Chris Day hopes the experience of past promotions for players and staff at Stevenage will be a contributing factor for further success this year.
The Boro goalkeeper has been a consistently good performer for the club this season since winning his place back from Sam Beasant as No.1 choice between the sticks in September.
The 39-year-old is a multiple promotion winner during his 20-year professional career, including back-to-back promotions with Boro helping them out of the Conference and up to League 1.
He played 90 of the clubs’ 92 games in their first two seasons in the Football League (2010-11, 2011-12) before losing his place to Steve Arnold the following season when he made just 16 league starts.
Yet after winning his place back from Arnold last season (44 starts) he remains in superb form and has started 26 of Boro’s 34 league matches this season to help the club move to within one point of the play-off places.
Speaking about Stevenage’s momentum ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Newport County, Day said: “It’s something we have always done well at this club, and hopefully there are enough of us here that have done that before.
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“It’s not about how many games are left and what we’ve got to do, it’s bit by bit. Saturday is a massive game for us and we’ll go [into it] in good confidence knowing what we do at home. Hopefully there will be a big crowd and it will be another good game for us at home.
“This time of year there’s things to be won, and promotions to be won. There’s plenty of us who have done it.
“Even the boys who have joined us [this season]. Charlie [Lee] and [Chris] Whelpdale have had a few promotions between themselves. Hopefully that’ll help the younger ones.
“The management have been there, seen and done it as well, and it’s setting good examples all the way through.”