Stevenage excited ahead of Carlisle clash

Graham Westley with former Boro assistant manager John Dreyer. Photo: Stuart Bogg Imaging.

Graham Westley with former Boro assistant manager John Dreyer. Photo: Stuart Bogg Imaging. - Credit: Stuart Bogg Imaging

Graham Westley believes a big result for Stevenage is just around the corner.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Carlisle game at the Lamex Stadium, the Boro manager said: “There will come a point where we win three, four or five nil and people will sit up and take notice.

“There is a decent result in us before too long.”

Westley’s optimism, he says, stems from an ever improving squad and an invigorated feeling of excitement within the team.

“The squad is getting better as the players are learning what I want and taking it into their game,” he explained.


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“What you get on the training ground you get on a Saturday and we’re all really looking forward to it. The sense of excitement is back in me – it wasn’t quite there at the back end of last season – because this squad can score goals and win games.”

He added: “Our start hasn’t been fantastic but we’re getting better. I thought we would struggle at the start of the season as it was always going to be tough but with the progress we’re making, I’m sure the good times are ahead.”

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Westley will be looking for a good performance this weekend in response to Saturday’s 3-0 loss away to his former side Preston North End..

The Cumbrians recently sacked manager Greg Abbott and replaced him with caretaker boss Graham Kavanagh, who steered his side to a 1-0 victory against Sheffield United in his first game in charge.

“It is always dangerous to play against a side which dismissed its manager and someone new is in trying to prove themselves” Westley told the Comet.

“I don’t know the frame of mind in their camp but if they want him to get the job then they’ll be going all out.

“They seem intent on doing the best for him, and it showed against Sheffield United, but we’ve had a good week and we’re looking forward to the game.

“We need to be mindful of their intentions; we don’t expect anyone to come here and give us the points, we’ll have to earn them.”

He added: “It will be nice to be back at home after an extended run away. This improving squad is looking forward to getting their feet back on the home pitch.”

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