Mark Roberts’ column

The season is well and truly underway and five games in we can look back at a steady start to our campaign.

There was the obvious disappointment of losing to Peterborough in the Carling Cup but as far as life in League 1 goes we remain unbeaten.

Boro supporters and even experts in the game have praised us for our early season form but we as a squad are disappointed. We know full well that the six points could and should have been more.

Moments change matches and if we were at the top of our game we would have had a 100 per cent start to the season. Lapses in concentration can cost you and the challenge is to get better and strive for more.

That is what drives the winning mentality and I can assure you that even when we are winning we are not happy; we are always hungry for more.

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People talk about stepping up to a new level and the expectation that goes with doing that. All I can say is that if you don’t believe you can be successful there is little hope of being so.

When we were promoted to League 2 we took too long to develop as a winning force. We are far better equipped this season and evolving into an even stronger unit.

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The support the club has had has been encouraging but it needs to continue to grow if Stevenage wants keep pushing on as we players do. For those fans who turn up week in week out spread the word to increase the numbers through the turnstiles. I recently visited a local school and I know how important it is that the football club targets the next generation of supporters. Any suggestions people may have are always welcome as the players know the role that we can play in the local community.

We travel to MK Dons on Saturday and I’m sure we will take good numbers there with it being one of the closest away trips. They are flying high but we defeated them on penalties in the FA Cup last season and will be focused on victory once more.

Our two away performances so far have been excellent and bar a 97th-minute equaliser at Chesterfield we would have taken all six points on offer.

The 3-1 win at Bournemouth, last season’s play-off semi-finalists, shows what we are capable of and even on that night we were not at our best.

It has been a busy beginning to the season with two games per week but with only one Tuesday game in September we want to start knocking out some wins now. There will be plenty of time between matches to put the hard work in on the training ground and that is exactly what we will be doing. The end result of three points on a Saturday only happens on a consistent basis when there this is a winning attitude day in day out.

There is healthy competition amongst the squad and it is vital that the lads who pull their shirts on are pushed to earn that right by those not involved.

That is when we are at our strongest and that is when we are winning.


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