There’s more to come from Freeman - Smith

Former Arsenal midfielder has scored his first goal of the season

Stevenage manager Gary Smith praised Luke Freeman’s goal against Crewe on Saturday but added that the winger should be looking to make the most of the other goal-scoring opportunities that fall his way.

Former Arsenal winger Freeman pulled a goal back midway through the first half against Crewe, his first of the season, after Boro had gone two goals behind before Robin Shroot’s late equaliser earned Stevenage a point.

Speaking after the match, Smith said: “[It was a] terrific strike from a little bit of an angle, coming across the field which is what he is capable of.

“I do honestly think there is more for him in these games, and he knows himself that there’s probably two or three opportunities there that have not quite been taken by him.”

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Shroot, meanwhile, scored his fourth goal in all competitions this season despite so far spending more time on the bench than off it.

He has started two matches and made five substitute appearances, and Smith says the winger’s positive attitude whether he plays or not has impressed.

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“His characteristics at the moment whether coming off the bench or starting a game are very good,” Smith said. “He doesn’t get down if he’s not starting, he realises why, he understands that he’s still going to make an impression and it’s that positive attitude that has given him three goals in six league games.

“He had a terrific pre-season and he is certainly making a difference whether he is coming off the bench or starting.”

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