Roberts disappointed with Orient display

Skipper has sympathy with Chuks Aneke after Arsenal loanee is one of two players sent off

Stevenage skipper Mark Roberts says his side’s performance against Leyton Orient did not mirror the confidence his team had going into the game.

Orient ran out 1-0 victors at the Lamex Stadium and in doing so put to an end Stevenage’s 13 game unbeaten run in all competitions in a match which saw Orient’s Ben Chorley and Boro’s Chuks Aneke both sent off.

Afterwards Roberts said he was ‘very disappointed’ with the performance, and added that although he believed Chorley deserved to see red he had sympathy for team-mate Aneke.

“We come away frustrated that we’ve turned in that showing, especially going into it 13 games unbeaten. It was a very disappointing performance,” Roberts said.

“We’ve done really well over the Christmas period; we’ve knocked out three wins. We went into the game full of confidence but we didn’t produce the performance that mirrored that confidence.

“From my point of view I thought [Chorley] did kick out at Beardo and caught him. Chuks was rather unlucky. He did have a high foot, but there was no malicious intent there, but that’s the referee’s decision to make and we can’t blame the defeat on that.”

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