Two crunch games in the next week require focus says Stevenage boss Graham Westley

Graham Westley

Graham Westley - Credit: Archant

Stevenage boss Graham Westley believes his side need to remain focussed as they prepare for two crunch games in less than 48 hours in both league and FA Cup.

On the back of Saturday’s 5-1 League Two hammering of Cheltenham Town at the Lamex Stadium, Boro face Ryman League Premier side Maidstone Untied in their FA Cup first round replay live on BT Sport tonight, having been held by the Kent outfit in the original tie at the Lamex Stadium 11 days ago and then resume their League Two campaign at Northampton Town on Saturday.

Boro have a history of giantkilling in recent years of the world’s oldest cup competition, holding scalps of Newcastle United and Reading in previous years and Westley knows there can be no complacency if his team want to avoid being the slayed giant this time around.

Following the Cheltenham win, Westley said: “If we need a warning we only need to look back at what Cheltenham did to Swindon. What a difference a week can make.

“I am not saying they did it wrong but you must not get too down when things are working. You have got to be quite factual and philsophical about it.

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“We have just had a frank discussion in the dressing room about what we could have should and done right even today after such a great win and we know if we are not on our game against Maidstone on Thursday, we will be punished. I want the team to be focussed because this is a testing time at the moment.”

Stevenage’s path to round two is even less sure-footed as Maidstone currently play on an artifical surface but Westley is unconcerned by this.

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Westley said: “We play on it all the time. We’re familiar with the surface down at the training ground so it’s not going to be an issue and I won’t let it be.”

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