Smith delighted with best home display of the season

Gary Smith. Photo: Harry Hubbard

Gary Smith. Photo: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

Stevenage manager hails ‘terrific performance’ as Boro beat Sheffield United 4-0

Stevenage’s win over Sheffield United on Saturday was the highlight of the season on home soil, says Gary Smith.

A Dani Lopez hat-trick and a strike by Lucas Akins saw Boro stun second-place Sheffield United 4-0 at the Lamex Stadium, and speaking after the match Boro manager Smith said he had seen his side put in a ‘great performance’.

“It’s a wonderful result and of course Dani Lopez’s performance will make the headlines and rightly so,” Smith said.

“[It] was the highlight of the season at home. A terrific result, a great performance and of course four goals and a clean sheet.

“In the last five games we’ve scored one goal, that’s nowhere near good enough when not only are you in a difficult spot and it looks like you’re going the wrong way down the table but you’ve also lost a lot of momentum and positioning in the league.

“We’re all bitterly disappointed that we’ve lost out in the opportunity to stay in the top half, that top 10.

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“Our form has dipped, we’ve not been scoring goals, we’ve been battling a lot of things here.

“But [against Sheffield United] the creative side of the game has looked a hell of a lot better.

“The foundation of the group, I don’t think has been in question. The players have always fought hard, they’ve worked hard, but we’ve lacked a little bit of edge in that final third and [against United] it looked much, much better.”