Interview: Stevenage manager Graham Westley hopes to make the most of free fortnight

Charlie Lee tussles with a defender in the match against Morecambe. Photo: Danny Loo

Charlie Lee tussles with a defender in the match against Morecambe. Photo: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Boro boss will work with players on training ground. Saturday’s draw with Morecambe means late goals have cost Boro nine points this season

Graham Westley says he is eager to work with his players on the training pitch during a free week as he looks to make his side stronger in the latter stages of matches.

The Boro boss says he intends to make use of having an empty fixture list this weekend to ‘get some pre-season work done’ with those players who have been in and out of his side with injuries this season.

Boro blew a 1-0 lead on Saturday with Paidrag Amond’s late header making it 11 times that Stevenage have conceded in the last 15 minutes of games this season, with seven of those goals changing the result of the game.

The result of which means that Westley’s men have now dropped nine points from either winning or drawing positions. They also conceded three minutes from time as they were knocked out of the FA Cup at Maidstone a fortnight ago.

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Only in their 1-0 win over Burton in October have Boro picked up points by scoring themselves in the last 15 minutes of matches.

Speaking about the weekend’s result, Westley said: “Later on in the game I think we saw that we’ve have five or six lads there who are coming back from injury and lacking match fitness and towards the end one or two were flagging.

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“The early substitution of Jon Ashton [after 10 minutes] didn’t help in terms of plan changes and having lads out there who were struggling probably to see the 90 minutes out.

“We’re used to seeing our teams come strong late on and when you’ve got four or five coming back from long-term injury sometimes your legs flag.

“We’re delighted to have a break now where we can get some pre-season work done in some of the lads who have been out and really get fit and firing for when we get back into match action.”

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