Stevenage boss prepares for ‘the tremendous challenge ahead’

Boro boss Graham Westley. Photo: Alan Millard

Boro boss Graham Westley. Photo: Alan Millard - Credit: Archant

Graham Westley is under no illusions as to the challenge ahead, but is making no excuses as he aims to lead his side to League 1 survival.

Stevenage, who host Peterborough this Saturday at the Lamex Stadium, find themselves bottom of the league with 25 points from 29 games, and while Westley remains confident in his side’s chances, he is not underestimating the task ahead.

“We know that we’ve got a tremendous challenge ahead of us; we’ve got to be our very best,” Westley told The Comet.

“We know we’re not like Sheffield United and go out into the market and spend hundreds of thousands and buy players, we haven’t got that luxury.

“What we have to do is find players who might be available for nothing or next to nothing, and even then it can be a struggle to bring them in, so it’s a very difficult situation.

“We’re a very small club in this league and we know overcoming the challenges is not going to be easy but working at a club like Stevenage in League 1 is never going to be an easy job.

“We know the score, it’s a difficult time for the club with so much change gone on and results last season costing the club a lot of money and we’ve had to recover that.

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“We are where we are, the excuses aren’t going to help us, what’s going to help us is pulling ourselves together, building our form, improving our performances as I think the players have done.”

Boro go into Saturday’s clash looking for only their eighth league victory this season, but as Westley pointed out, should they get the win against the Posh, that will be three wins in their last six league games and a respectable 50 per cent winning percentage.

“I get up each day and think about winning the next game, that’s the only thing that’s ever on my mind,” he added.

“I think if you focus on winning, in the end if you try hard enough to get there, you do.”

Peterborough currently occupy the final promotion spot in the league in sixth, and have three wins, one draw and one defeat in their last five league games.

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