No relegation excuses from Stevenage captain Ashton

Jon Ashton gets stuck in. Photo: Alan Millard

Jon Ashton gets stuck in. Photo: Alan Millard - Credit: Archant

Stevenage captain Jon Ashton made no excuses for his side’s relegation from Sky Bet League One.

Boro’s fate was sealed on Monday following the 3-1 defeat to Bristol City, and Ashton exclusively told the Comet that the players had only themselves to blame.

“There are so many things that you could say went wrong but at the end of the day they’d all be excuses,” said the 31-year-old.

“As players we’ve got to look at ourselves and give ourselves an honest appraisal, did we really give 100 per cent? Do enough to push for promotion? Did we really do enough week-in week-out to the get the wins we needed?

“Obviously that’s something you’ve got to do on a personal level, we’ve had meetings with the manager and talked as a group of players about what went wrong, but we’ll keep that in house and try and sort those things out.”

The Stevenage squad is expected is undergo something of an overhaul during the summer months, with a number of players out of contract and five loanees returning to their parent clubs.

Having signed a two-year contract extension with the club last May though, Ashton is very much committed to righting the wrongs of this campaign.

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“Yeah of course, without a doubt [I want to stay],” said the skipper.

“I’ve had five good years here and achieved some fantastic things so Stevenage has got a special place in my heart and of course I want to stay here, but at the end of the day the decision isn’t up to me.

“I’m sure in due course everyone will have their meeting with the manager and he’ll sit down and say what his plans are for everyone.

“It’s a difficult time at the minute for the football club so I wouldn’t say I’m in any rush to sort it out, I just want to concentrate on putting things right really.”

Stevenage face Walsall on Saturday in what will be their final home game of the season, and Ashton had a message of gratitude for the club’s supporters, who have stuck by the team this season despite the poor results.

“The supporters have been fantastic all season, at home and on the road,” he said.

“In away matches at times there haven’t been many of them but they’ve really shown what they’re about, they’ve sung louder and stronger than many home supports and the wins that we have got this season and the success that we have had they’ve played their part in that so I’d like to thank them for everything they’ve given us.”

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