Match preview: Westley in no mood for funny business

Graham Westley. Photo: Harry Hubbard

Graham Westley. Photo: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

Stevenage boss gives his thoughts on upcoming matches with Sheffield United, Bristol City, Walsall and Brentford

Graham Westley says his club has to do something ‘unbelievable’ if it is to retain its League 1 status.

Defeat to Colchester United at the weekend left Boro four points from safety with four games to go.

In Saturday’s matchday programme Westley labelled some sections of his playing staff ‘clowns’ for breaking a pre-season curfew last summer, an incident which he says led him to believe he would not be ‘at peace with the squad’ this season.

“I am a serious person, here to win,” he wrote. “Not a clown, and I do not like being surrounded by clowns.”

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Adding to that after Saturday’s loss, the Boro boss explained that some of his players do not care for the work he wants them to put in to training.

“I feel as though a lot of the work we do all week is not wanted,” he said.

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Yet despite the problems, Westley maintains that if his players are ‘hungry’ enough they can drag Boro to safety starting with an Easter double that sees them visiting Sheffield United on Friday before hosting Bristol City on Monday.

“All we can do is do something unbelievable and win four games,” Westley said. “We won three and drew one not so long ago; we got a lot right, albeit against weaker sides.

“You look at the final day, Brentford are going to be up and that’s going to be a party and we know what can happen. Leicester City showed that the other night, so perhaps there’s hope there.

“[This] weekend is massive, we’ve got to win those games and we’ve got to beat Walsall at home.

“Bristol City will be safe, they’ll be in mid-table and they won’t have a lot to play for I’d think.

“They’ll be professional but nonetheless it’s a game that if we’re hungry enough we can go and win.

“Sheffield [on Friday] will be difficult but they’re off the back of an FA Cup semi-final.

“That’s the job this week; how do we make the impossible possible?

“We’ve four football matches to win… it’s going to be one big ask now.”

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