Preview: Stevenage boss praises Yeovil counterpart but aims to take maximum points from him tonight

Darren Sarll

Darren Sarll - Credit: Archant

Darren Sarll says beating Luton Town and moving nine points clear of the League Two relegation zone has allowed him to look at what he is doing ‘more objectively’ ahead of tonight’s visit of Yeovil Town.

Boro beat the Hatters 1-0 on Saturday thanks to a 85th minute Michael Tonge penalty and with York City, leading the chase to catch them, having not won in their last 10 games Stevenage’s status in the division looks all but secure for another season.

Sarll says that victory has helped him to look at Boro’s status more objectively than emotionally, and he now wants his club to add another three points to their total this evening.

“[Luton] was a massive result for the football club and the town,” Sarll told the Comet.

“The result was important as it was Luton v Stevenage but obviously any result for us now is like a six-pointer for every game. It’s a massive need for points.


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“People will have looked at us going into that game and probably would have fancied Luton over Stevenage, but this time of year it is even more significant that we come away with maximum points.”

Asked how easier a result like that, following on from a draw at promotion hopefuls Oxford United the previous week, had made his life in general Sarll added: “I’ve had eight days without my head hurting. It’s been nice.

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“Of course it helps you; when I lose I’m not a very good person to be with or be around. I try to keep myself to myself if we’ve not had a good performance or result.

“Of course it helps you away from the club; it helps you to relax, to think. It helps you to be a bit more analytical and objective about what you’re facing rather than emotionally subjective about what you’re doing. It makes a massive difference.”

Boro have played the Glovers twice already this season, drawing 2-2 in the league in November before being knocked out of the FA Cup in December.

That match was Darren Way’s first game in charge as caretaker boss for Yeovil, and since he has taken over as permanent boss he has led his side to relative safety and has five wins from his last seven games.

“Darren has done fantastically well, they’re very organised and they have got a discipline to them,” Sarll said of tonight’s opponents.

“They do the core attributes of any League 2 team well and better than they did before.

“They’ve got a sprinkling, like a lot of League 2 sides, of honest, hard-working individuals and also a sprinkling of quality with a few individuals.

“He’s done fantastic to pull them from what they had. He took over [on New Year’s Eve] so he’s had a little bit longer but you can’t take away from him what he’s achieved there with pretty much the same group of players.

“I know François [Zoko] has signed there during his time, but pretty much the same group has turned from bottom of the league into a stable Football League club again so fair play to him.”

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