Notts County win was ‘massive’ says Haber

Canadian striker delighted to have taken three points from the Magpies in their League 1 clash

Marcus Haber has spoken of his delight at Stevenage’s win at Notts County on Tuesday evening, saying the result was a ‘massive one’ for the club.

Haber, who scored in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Bury, started as the lone striker at Meadow Lane and it was his shot that was handled in the box by Alan Sheehan which led to Boro’s equaliser from the penalty spot after the Magpies had themselves taken the lead with a penalty.

And in injury time Haber then set up Robin Shroot for the winner to move Boro into second place in the league.

Speaking after the game, and about his pleasure at providing the assists for team-mates, the Canadian international striker said: “It is a massive win for the team and we’re ecstatic as a club; I think it shows our never-say-die attitude.

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“[For the first goal] Shrooty made a good run to take one of the defenders so I cut onto my right and I think [the shot] was going in the corner when he stopped it with his hands so I think the referee made the right decision.

“[For the second goal] once again Shrooty made a good run and I tried to play him in and it’s a great finish. I always bank on him to score in the 18 and he’s done very well for us this season.

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“At times it’s a struggle [to play the lone striker role] but I understand my role to the team and it’s an important one up top.

“I’m trying to put in a shift and if it means bringing chances for team-mates then I feel I’m doing my job.

“I think I’ve grown a little bit as a player and the manager has faith in me and I’m happy with that.

“I’m trying to improve every week in training. It’s a physical league and all the centre-backs have their own tricks and that, but I’m trying to focus on myself and do what I can for the team.”

Stevenage remain unbeaten in League 1 after 10 matches, and sit second in the league behind the also unbeaten Tranmere Rovers.

This Saturday Gary Smith’s men host Scunthorpe United, and Haber said Boro would like to carry their recent form into that match and get another three points.

“We’d like to carry on with the same sort of winning form at home but we’ve been consistent and we are playing a lot better football lately. “We’re going to rest up and be ready for Saturday. Anybody in this league can beat anyone and we treat every game the same and [the Scunthorpe match] is just as important as this one.”

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