Sarll wants Stevenage to maintain ‘terrific’ start

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll on the touchline. Picture: Danny Loo

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll on the touchline. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll is looking for his side to maintain their terrific start to the Sky Bet League Town season when they visit Barnet on Saturday.

Boro are currently unbeaten in the league, having drawn their opening two games against Newport County and Colchester United before beating Grimsby Town 3-1 on Saturday, thanks to goals from Danny Newton, Jonathan Smith and Ben Kennedy.

After picking up just one point at the same stage last season, Sarll spoke of how the club identified that as a problem and is delighted with the start this time around.

He told the Comet: “Five points from three games is a terrific start for us.

“We identified last August as having a detrimental effect on the outcome of our season.

“I thought the first two draws at Colchester and the point we took against Newport at home were both terrific points, especially when you see Newport’s latest result (a 1-0 win at Coventry).

“We’ve very much put last August to bed with our accumulation now and we’ve very much got back to winning ways and that lovely winning feeling on a Saturday.

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“That was the job, to win, and we’ won quite convincingly.”

One feature of Boro’s performances already this season are the fast starts they have made to games.

Sarll’s side have taken the lead in every league game so far and he is pleased to see his team ‘throwing the first punch’.

“It showcases the people, the personalities and the players we’ve got,” he said.

“I don’t like to wait in the corner and let the fighter come to me and dominate. I want to get into the middle and make sure I throw the first punch.

“We don’t want to give anyone a free punch at us and our starts have been terrific.

“Our shape, our athleticism and our willingness, all those lovely adjectives that describe a decent pro, were all very evident early on and those attributes saw us through.”

Sarll will be hopeful that Stevenage can start quickly and pick up another three points when the visit Barnet this Saturday.

The Bees slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Crewe last weekend and went down by the same margin against Premier League new boys Brighton, who fielded a much-changed side, on Tuesday.