Sarll: We respect Colchester, but will focus on Stevenage

Darren Sarll on the touchline.

Darren Sarll on the touchline. - Credit: Archant

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll says his side must concentrate on themselves on Saturday against Colchester United as they look to get back to winning ways at the Lamex Stadium.

While on a hugely impressive six-game winning streak away, Boro have not won in seven Sky Bet League Two games on their own turf.

Two defensive lapses saw hosts Stevenage go down 2-1 to Cambridge United at the weekend and Sarll knows his side must focus as they prepare for the visit of John McGreal’s United, who were relegated from League One last season.

Sarll told the Comet: “Despite our respect towards Colchester, and I will of course give John and his team respect in terms of the way we prepare, it’s so important we concentrate on Stevenage and we keep looking at Stevenage.

“If we do better for the two goals [against Cambridge] on Saturday we win the game.

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“It’s cliché but it’s prominent we have that type of thinking and give those guys and girls that who come to home games something to really support, but I think the performances have been good.

“There’s a lot to be upbeat about.

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“I can understand the frustrations of the supporters in terms of the home form.

“When those supporters are only attending home games they want to see their team win at home.

“It’s all about points and we are fortunate we have been winning games, wherever it may be, and that has meant our collation of points has been pretty good that’s why we are 11th

“I’m frustrated, I know the supporters will be frustrated, but we have given them some good performances this year, most notably on the road, and we have given them some real terrific individual performances like the days of old.

“If we can carry on our improvement, if you look from the start of the season to December the improvement is steady and progressive we have another half of the season to be even more steady and progressive. [There’s] lots to look forward to.”

Sarll will be looking for another glowing performance from teenage ace Ben Kennedy who scored his sixth goal of the season last weekend.

Of the Northern Irish 19-year-old, who has hit good form of late, Sarll said: “Ben is quite a maverick in the way he thinks.

“The way he is as a lad is quite complicated, but I know him and he knows me, he knows how I work and he knows his roles and responsibilities when he plays for me.”

Sarll talks of Kennedy in the same breath as some of Stevenage’s most famous sons who have gone on to grace higher stages including the Premier League.

“I think the club have been waiting for this type of individual maybe since Luke Freeman and maybe before that George [Boyd], Lawrie Wilson and maybe Michael Bostwick, a stand out individual,” he added.

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