Neither side did enough to win, says Westley

Graham Westley. Photo: Harry Hubbard

Graham Westley. Photo: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

Stevenage manager says Boro and Oldham played out an even game at Boundary Park today

Graham Westley says he believes neither side deserved to win today’s match as both teams failed to test the opposition goalkeeper enough.

Boro lost 1-0 at Oldham Athletic thanks to James Wesolowski’s first-half strike, and although Stevenage hit the woodwork in the same half neither side fashioned too many clear-cut chances thereafter.

Speaking after the game, Westley said: “We don’t want to come away from home and spill the points. It was a fairly even game on the whole. I don’t think there was a winner in the game but obviously they got the one goal that won it in the first half.

“If you look at the two goalkeepers they’re both dramatically underworked. They got their goal and we hit the post – that aside and the two goals weren’t really threatened.

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“I think we probably shaded possession when the stats come out I’m sure we will probably see that. It was a fairly even game with neither side deserving to take the points.”

Boro started the game with a central midfield pairing of Dean Parrett, who had his best game for the club so far, and Sam Wedgbury, who was taken off at the break to be replaced by Michael Doughty.

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Doughty signed an extended loan deal until the end of the season this week, but had spent some time back at QPR in the build up to the match.

“Michael’s not been with us this week, he’s been back at QPR and came in Thursday, Friday when we’d done a lot of our prep work.” Westley said.

“We weren’t sure if he was going to be staying or not, we planned the game without him but in fairness I thought in the first half the one problem we had was in the middle of the park and thought Michael might have added a little bit of energy.

“He was excellent last weekend and so he came on.”

With five minutes to go Boro defender Ben Chorley was sent off after a coming together with Oldham’s Jonson Clarke-Harris, but Westley said he didn’t see the incident.

“I didn’t see a thing of it. The footage isn’t very clear,” Westley said.

“The players were adamant that the centre-forward stamped…I can’t comment, I don’t know what went on. The referee said to me there was a push in the face from Ben on the centre-forward. I can’t comment, I’d need to see the footage.”

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