Stevenage – more to come from our team says Boro’s highly-experienced Glenn Roeder

Stevenage FC advisor Glenn Roeder. Picture: Danny Loo

Stevenage FC advisor Glenn Roeder. Picture: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Glenn Roeder, Stevenage’s hugely-respected managerial advisor to Darren Sarll, spoke to CometSport saying there is more to come from Boro’s promising squad.

The former Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United defender, who also managed West Ham and the Geordies at St James’ Park, insisted the blip that has seen the club pick up one point from nine – after a superb start that propelled them as high as third in the table – is only temporary.

Speaking ahead of the visit of Jim Bentley’s Morecambe to the Lamex on Saturday the highly-experienced football man – who has slotted seamlessly into the role, dovetailing well with Sarll – gave an insight into the team’s thinking.

Read a section of the transcript of Glenn’s interview at Bragbury End, transcribed by sportswriter Leon Waite.

Roeder on the team

Of course, a day’s a long time in football so three games in a week is a hell of a long time when you’ve only picked up one point. So we’ve got to prove that we’re better than midtable and we can only do that by winning three games and taking three points and that’s what we hope to do on Saturday against Morecambe, who play good football.

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We will do it our way, the way that the manager wants the team to play, which I’m happy with. I’m very much part of that and so is our first team coach Nicky Shorey. It’s important to win the way we want to win, but we know ultimately a win is the most critical thing this week and every week. We’ve worked hard in training. Training is always good, we never leave here on a Friday thinking ‘well, we’ve not trained well this week’, and you’d be slightly concerned about the performance the next day. But unfortunately it hasn’t always materialised this year that we’ve had a good week’s training then carried it through with our performance home or away.

When results don’t go well

Well we do a lot of analysing here, we’ve got a lot of equipment to look at what’s happened in the game over the weekend or a midweek game. A lot of the goals have come from individual errors, which is even more disappointing as it’s not a collection of errors it’s just one person involved in an error that’s led to a goal that we’ve conceded. Every month in the staff room we have a little totting up of goals scored and goals conceded and we apportion blame to whoever we think has not done well when they should be defending better to keep a goal out, or when you’re scoring a goal who has done particularly well and who has played a part in creating the goal we’ve just scored.

On Jack King.

He’s doing a bit more each day but we’re getting to a stage now where after being so patient we don’t want to blast him too soon and go back to square one. When you get a little bit older, like we all are but Jack is turning now thirty-one, thirty-two so wear and tear starts to kick in and he’s got a bit of a wear and tear injury at the moment that needs looking after and luckily we’ve got the staff to do that.

On League Two

This is the time of year where the league is still close enough that you gain three points and you can jump six places. Another ten games on three points might only jump you one place, might not even change depending on what the results are around the country. But it’s still tight enough, as we’ve seen to our great pain in the last week, three games one point and where were we third and now down to eleventh.