Watson: Motivation not a problem ahead of derby clash with Luton Town

Kevin Watson

Kevin Watson - Credit: Archant

Stevenage’s players won’t need motivating ahead of their clash with Luton Town this weekend says Kevin Watson.

Boro’s assistant manager says he knows just what a result would mean to both the club’s players and fans on Saturday, adding that although Stevenage go into the match as underdogs they will be confident of getting a result after beating Gillingham and drawing at Yeovil Town in their last two matches.

Luton have won their last three games in all competitions and currently lie in 11th in League Two, nine places above Boro.

And Watson, who is a former Luton coach, says he is looking forward to what will be a ‘proper derby’ in front of a bumper crowd at the Lamex.

“I think me, Teddy [Sheringham] and Sarlly [Darren Sarll, first team coach] could have this week off and the lads would not need motivating for the game,” Watson told the Comet.

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“We know what it means to the fans and to the players involved. I was at Luton for two or three of these fixtures when I worked there and these are big games and big days regardless of whether it’s at the Lamex or Kenilworth Road.

“We know what it’s all about. It’s a proper derby game. Even though it’s at home we’re probably going into the game as underdogs, which suits us fine.

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“There’s plenty of boys in the dressing room who have been here a while and know what it means.

“Fraser [Franks] has had his foot in both camps, Ronnie Henry too. We’ll be up for it.”

Watson added: “I certainly am looking forward to it, pitting our wits against Luton.

“It will be a good occasion, a full house. I’m sure the place will be buzzing.

“We’ve come away in windy, horrible conditions [at Yeovil] and it’s not ideal but we’ve got a point.

“We won last week. We’re unbeaten in two and we go into it with confidence.”

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