People won’t believe me but we’re good enough to get results, says Stevenage boss Sarll

Jason Kennedy wheels away in celebration as he opened the scoring against Stevenage. Photo: Danny Lo

Jason Kennedy wheels away in celebration as he opened the scoring against Stevenage. Photo: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Darren Sarll is adamant that Stevenage will turn their fortunes around and move away from the foot of the League Two table.

Boro have won just once in their last six league games and have slipped to 22nd and just one point above the relegation zone following yesterday’s defeat to Carlisle United.

In their defence Stevenage have faced three top seven sides in their last three matches, coming away with two 2-1 defeats against leaders Plymouth and Carlisle United, who are now second, plus a win at Morecambe. And yesterday’s defeat saw Boro push Keith Curle’s side all the way before falling just short thanks to a second-half penalty.

Looking ahead Boro’s next two league games are against sides they failed to beat last year. They travel to Mansfield Town on Saturday – last year they lost twice to the Stags – while on November 12 Yeovil Town, who drew twice with Stevenage in the league last season and knocked Boro out of the FA Cup, come to the Lamex.

In between there is an FA Cup trip to Port Vale and a Checkatrade Trophy game against Southend United, both teams in the league above, but looking ahead in the league Sarll believes his side can kick on following two promising displays in their past two matches.


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“I don’t want to get dragged into something eventually we can’t get out of,” Sarll said.

“We’ve got lots of young players in the team. We had two academy graduates in the team – Ben Kennedy and Dale Gorman – and Matt Godden is 24 and our two centre-halves are just turning 25.

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“We’re trying to grow something here that’s a bit different from everyone else.

“[Carlisle] have rocked up with their established group of senior pros, and that’s their call, but I don’t believe that our group of players deserve to be 22nd.

“Everyone will say that they are so we have to like it or lump it, but on the measure of [yesterday’s] play we’ve got a foothold on where we want to go moving forward.

“We need to think differently here at Stevenage and we’re thinking differently to try to get an edge.

“People aren’t going to believe me but we’re good enough. To my dying day we’re good enough to get results. There’s not a chance in hell that anyone walks away [from the Carlisle game] thinking we’re going to be in this predicament in 20 games. We will be absolutely fine.”

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