Road trips take their toll

Boro boss also looks ahead to Wycombe game

BORO boss Graham Westley says his side must ‘get back into the right frame of mind’ ahead of their trip to Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

Defeat away to Torquay United last Saturday was followed by a 1-0 home loss to Hereford United on Tuesday as Boro’s good run of form came to an abrupt end this week.

Westley said that his side needs to freshen up after feeling the effects of a tough few weeks in which they have clocked up more than 1,700 miles on the road during their past five away games.

“We’re under no illusions, we know we’ve been disappointing but it happens to teams,” Westley said after Tuesday night’s defeat.

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“The important thing is to look in the mirror, be honest with ourselves (and) work out what’s not been right. There was a lot going right in the three wins we got before (the defeat to Torquay), but maybe, just maybe, the three wins we got before that took a lot out of the squad.

“We did a lot of travelling and it’s sometimes important to freshen yourselves up mentally and physically and get yourselves back in the right frame of mind and I’m sure we’ll do that before the weekend.”

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Wycombe beat Stevenage 2-0 at the Lamex earlier in the season, and Boro will be looking for revenge when they visit Adams Park on Saturday.

Both Westley and midfielder John Mousinho are former Wycombe players, and Westley is a former QPR team-mate of current Wycombe boss Garry Waddock.

While Mousinho played at Adams Park between 2008 and 2010, Westley plied his trade with the Chairboys when they played their home games at Loakes Park before their move in 1990.

“It’s always different when you go to a new ground...I can’t say that I turn up there to watch games and I feel at home because although the people are very nice and always very welcoming the ground itself is not one I ever played at.

“It’s a home ground with a difference for me.

“They play a good brand of winning football. They mix it up.

“They’re not necessarily what you’d term a passing side but they’ve got good width in the side. (Kevin) Betsy and (Gareth) Ainsworth provide good threat down both sides and they’ve got lads in the middle like Matt Bloomfield who can get the ball down and move it.

“They are a decent side but we’ve shown this season that we’ve been more than capable of mixing it up with the best in this league.”

Boro welcome back skipper Mark Roberts from suspension on Saturday but fellow centre-back Jon Ashton pulled a leg muscle against Hereford and could miss out with Michael Bostwick and Luke Foster in the frame to replace him.

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