Match preview: Westley sets six point target from last two games for relegated Stevenage

Graham Westley

Graham Westley - Credit: Archant

Stevenage boss Graham Westley says six points is the priority as his team head into the final two matches of the season, having already been relegated from Sky Bet League One.

Rohdell Gordon in action for Stevenage

Rohdell Gordon in action for Stevenage - Credit: Archant

Boro host Walsall on Saturday before making the trip to already promoted Brentford on the final day of the season, and Westley refuted any suggestion that the matches would be used as experiments.

“The job at work is to win as many points in the next two games as we can,” said the 46-year-old.

“It’s really important that you always play to win the next game because if you get into the mindset of ‘oh it’s the end of the season we’ll just throw kids to the wolves and see how they get on,’ that isn’t winning to me.

“You can end up destroying young kids’ careers; I think you’ve got to pick the lads who are best placed to win the points.

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“Someone who’s decided mentally that he’s going somewhere else next might not be the best player to put out there.

“A kid might be the best player to put out there but I think what you’ve got to do, you’ve got to work out which of the lads are most likely to win the points for you.”

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Westley handed debuts to 19-year-olds Rohdell Gordon and Fejiri Okenabirhie in the defeat to Bristol City earlier this week, and hinted that they may get further opportunities before the season’s over, having been particularly impressed with Okenabirhie.

“It would be great to think that one or two will stand up now, maybe one or two youngsters will get their chance because they’re the right players.

“It would be great to think that one or two of those will step on and show that they really can be a part of the future.

“I thought Fejiri did very well when he came on the other day, he looked probably our most potent goal threat and he’s been nicking goals in the youth team, so maybe somebody like him might get football but only because at this moment in time he’s the most likely to go and get a goal,” he said.

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