Sarll wants September improvement after indifferent August showings

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll - Credit: Archant

After a ‘disappointing’ first month of the new League Two campaign, Stevenage boss Darren Sarll says September is a ‘new chance’ to bring an upturn in results.

Boro have banked just four points from their opening five league games while tasting defeat in their EFL Trophy opener with Leyton Orient in midweek and exiting the League Cup at the second round stage.

Third-bottom Stevenage host Hartlepool United tomorrow (Saturday) looking to get their season back on track and the boss is using the change in month as a fresh beginning for his side.

Embarking on his first full season at the helm, Sarll said: “August hasn’t been how we planned, of course not.

“September gives us a new chance, it gives us a little bit of a reprieve in terms of not playing eight games, it means we can work a little more methodically between competition and start to move the likes of Steve Schumacher on in reserve games, etc... and improve on a disappointing start.”

He added: “It’ll be a tight game [against Hartlepool] but one we know, the group knows, that we’ll have to attack.

“We know we have to make amends so it’s about going into Saturday, on the back of our vibrant win over Luton Town, looking to continue our home dominance in the league.”

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The Lamex Stadium side have been boosted by a busy transfer deadline day on Wednesday, securing the signatures of former Peterborough United full-back Kgosi Ntlhe on a permanent deal and Championship duo Tyler Walker, from Nottingham Forest, and Aston Villa attacker Harry McKirdy on loan until January.

Boro have had issues at both ends of the pitch, currently holding the worst defensive record in the league (12 goals conceded) while struggling to finish their chances in the final third so Sarll is hoping their arrivals can stimulate their wobbling form.

He continued: “Kgosi has gone under the radar, he’s a terrific player and we’re really lucky to have acquired him. “He’ll give us more of a balance as he can defend, wants to defend but can be offensive as well. It gives us more choice in that left-back slot.

On Walker, he added: “I saw Tyler play when he was 15 and I could see he had very good athletic attributes.

“He’s got clean feet which means he can shift the ball quickly between either foot and get shots away and he gives us a different dynamic.

“We haven’t scored enough goals so we’ve got to try and make more penetrative and more threatening so Tyler is very important to us.”

He added: “Harry is very busy, a terrific level of movement and he’s a stand-out in a world of U21 football.

“He’s very intelligent, very creative and the fans here will love him.”

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