Stevenage fully focused on Swindon Town encounter

Graham Westley

Graham Westley - Credit: Archant

STEVENAGE boss Graham Westley has put this week’s Capital One Cup excitement behind him for now as he seeks to secure the club’s first Sky Bet League 1 victory of the season.

Boro fans may be planning their journey to Merseyside for the Capital One Cup second round tie with Everton after beating Ipswich Town 2-0 on Tuesday night, but Westley and his troops are fully focused on Saturday’s trip to Wiltshire to face Swindon Town.

Speaking at the club’s Bragbury End training ground, Westley said: “There’s enough experienced lads in the camp to know that you only win a football match by getting ready for it.

“Our focus as of 10 o’clock on Tuesday night was about enjoying overnight the sense of victory, because you win so you should enjoy it, and then about preparing yourself mentally for the game in hand.

“We have got medal winners here and medal winners know you have to keep winning to win medals, getting carried away with yourself after one good performance or one good result wins you absolutely nothing in football.”

Boro were beaten 4-3 by Oldham Athletic at The Lamex Stadium last Saturday in their league opener before Tuesday’s heroics.

Saturday’s opponents have a similar record having lost to Peterborough United 1-0 at the weekend, but then enjoying a 1-0 League Cup success over Torquay United.

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Swindon are currently without a permanent boss, former Tamworth and Kettering Town chief Mark Cooper is in caretaker charge as he looks to secure the job full-time.

Westley said: “Mark is looking to impress, the job that he does now probably dictates whether he gets the job permanently or not.

“He’s got everything to play for.

“If the players are enjoying his work on the training ground then I’m sure they will be fighting hard to keep him in the hot-seat.

“We know all about him from his Conference days and we know the type of teams he prepares and we know what his teams are capable of.

“It’s certainly not a game we are going to underestimate, we are expecting to have to play very well to win the points.”

Stevenage look to be without keeper Chris Day at the weekend after he was injured in the warm-up ahead of the Ipswich game, while Dani Lopez is available after suspension and James Dunne returned to training this week so could be in contention for Saturday.

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