Sarll ready for his Stevenage side to put on a show against Exeter City

Darren Sarll

Darren Sarll - Credit: Archant

Stevenage caretaker boss Darren Sarll is really looking forward to the drama unfolding as Exeter City visit the Lamex Stadium in Sky Bet League Two on Saturday.

His side have been practising their lines effectively this week and Sarll loves nothing more than seeing his side perform in front of a home audience.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to it again, I really like our home games, I like the Lamex, I think there’s a real nice feel to it at the moment and that feel is a by-product of the boys’ commitment and application when they have played there.”

A successful dress rehearsal on Tuesday, in the shape of a 3-0 friendly win over a visiting Leyton Orient outfit courtesy of Adam Marriott, Tom Conlon and Jack Jebb goals, delighted and impressed Sarll.

“It typified the culture we are trying to build at the football club,” he said.

“We are trying to grow the entire squad, not just 11 players, and trying to incentivise the players to get the best out of them in those games because those games can be painful if players are not committed.

“Psychologically, I thought every player to a man was outstanding against a pretty senior Leyton Orient side.

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“The way they carried out our play, our philosophy I thought was very good and their attitude and work ethic was outstanding to win another game.

“To win it 3-0 just goes to show again that we are a lot stronger defensively, show a lot more steel and grit to our defensive play and that is underpinned through work ethic and aggression.

“It just reminded me how far we have come in a short space of time in terms of the culture of the place and trying to change a mentality.”

Despite creating a hatful of chances, Stevenage fell to a 1-0 Sky Bet League Two loss at Carlisle United on Saturday and a cause of concern was a groin injury to leading main Charlie Lee, but Sarll is hopeful he will be fit come Saturday.

“The type of character Charlie is, he’s always going to try and push me into playing him,” said Sarll.

“Charlie could have half his leg hanging off and he’d still want to play on a Saturday.

“He’s still very much part of my thinking, until he tells me he’s unable to walk or run he will be in my thinking.”

The response on the training ground from the players this week to that loss has been positive.

“They have been a joy this week,” Sarll added.

“Players and staff have worked very hard again.

“Intensity of training has been so high and for me confidence is derived from preparation and when I see what I’m seeing Monday to Friday, I can’t be but confident going into games with an air of belief that the players are going to perform because I’ve seen them do it every day.

“Habit tells you if you do it everyday when it comes to a Saturday we should be ok.

“We are going to have off days, of course we are we’re human beings, but the likelihood is if you rehearse and rehearse and rehearse it properly you are likely to put on that performance when the curtains come down.”