Situation normal as Stevenage get set for the final act of the season

Having the likes of Steven Schumacher in the squad is a big boost says Stevenage boss Darren Sarll.

Having the likes of Steven Schumacher in the squad is a big boost says Stevenage boss Darren Sarll. Picture: DANNY LOO - Credit: Archant

Darren Sarll says that neither he nor his Stevenage team are feeling the pressure of their play-off chase and says they are gearing up for Yeovil in the same way as they would for any other game.

Stevenage go into the game at Huish Park lying in the last play-off position and still potentially needing six points from the remaining two games to guarantee an extension to their season.

But it has been situation normal down at Bragbury End this week, with the manager pleased with the work-rate of his squad.

He said: “We’ve done what we normally do in terms of preparation on the opposition and what needs to be built on in training sessions.

“But training changes every week in terms of what needs worked on or improved or highlighting.

“We’ve had a strong week as unlike a lot of clubs who will give players more time off and more rest, we haven’t. We’ve been in full whack and tried to give us the best possible chance of beating Yeovil.

“Whether that’s analytically or theoretically, it’s important we do the correct due diligence on whoever we’re facing.

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“This is a big game. We know we have to be highly motivated and the players need to know their roles and responsibilities.

“What we want is for the players to be back to their best individually so the team will be pushed in the right direction and the results will follow.”

Sarll also says that having experienced members of the squad like Ronnie Henry and Steven Schumacher, as well as Glenn Roeder and Nicky Shorey in his backroom staff, is helping keep any nerves that may be floating around the camp at bay.

He said: “I’ve got a fabulous group of senior players that I rely on so much. I give them a lot of responsibility and respect in how they think and what they say because they’ve been through so much in their careers.

“To not use them would be foolish. The players have lots of different experiences but funnily enough they all come up with the same reason why they had those experiences. That’s really beneficial for a young manager like myself.

“This isn’t the Darren Sarll show, this is about Stevenage Football Club and however we get to the best outcome, I don’t really care.

“I just want the best for a group that have worked ridiculously hard for me this year.”