Stevenage boss delighted with strike pairing of Walker and Godden

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll. Photo: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll. Photo: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Darren Sarll has praised his forwards following their dismantling of Newport County on Saturday.

While Matt Godden deservedly stole the headlines with his hat-trick in the 3-1 victory his strike partner Tyler Walker’s dynamic display didn’t go unnoticed by the fans nor his manager.

The on-loan Nottingham Forest striker has missed the best part of three months through injury but now looks back to his best following his recent return to the first-team fold and both Godden and the Boro team are seeing the benefit of his performances.

Sarll said: “You forget how good Tyler is because we’ve had three months without him.

“I believe we’ve got a stronger, fitter Tyler Walker and he’s ready to lead the line hopefully for the rest of the season if his performance levels can stay as they were [against Newport].

“I thought he was a threatening player for us in and around the box, and he brought a calmness and a little bit of composure around the box.

“Whatever [Matt] gets in life it’s not for luck or by chance, it’s because he works very, very hard every day and I’m delighted he got three and carried the team forward with the goals.”

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In addition Ben Kennedy continued his recent fine form and Tom Pett also looked a threat, while Dale Gorman, in a central midfield role, also caught Sarll’s eye.

“I don’t want to undermine Matty’s first hat-trick in the Football League but I thought Dale Gorman was magnificent in the middle of the pitch. He had one little blip in the second half where I wanted to take his head off, but apart from that I thought he was magnificent.”