We didn’t build on early momentum - Roberts

Boro captain believes his side should have added to their single goal at Oldham

Stevenage skipper Mark Roberts said his side failed to build on their early goal at Oldham Athletic on Saturday.

The home side appeared shell-shocked when Roberts put Boro ahead after four minutes, but despite having the better of the possession and chances in the early stages Stevenage were unable to add a second and Oldham equalised through a Shefki Kuqi header.

Speaking after the match Roberts said: “I think, getting the early goal, we’ve got to be a bit disappointed that we didn’t capitalise on that.

“I think we could have gone on and scored a couple more. The game was there for us to take but we didn’t really do that and we let them back in with a bit of a sloppy goal from our point of view and we didn’t really come out in the second half as well as we would have wanted.

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“It was nice to get the lads off to a good start today [with] my first goal of the season. I’ve been getting a bit of stick that I haven’t scored yet. I scored a few in training this week and I fancied myself before the game.”

Tomorrow night (Tuesday) Boro entertain Sheffield Wednesday at the Lamex Stadium, and although Roberts predicts a big crowd will turn out to welcome their high profile visitors the captain says his side must forget all about the history of the Owls and see them for what they are - a npower League 1 side.

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“You’ve got to sometimes forget the history and the size...and all that goes with some of the big clubs because they are in the same league as us,” Roberts said. “We’re on the same platform and on the same level that we’re all trying to get out of.

“We’ll obviously respect their qualities and players but we won’t underestimate our own. I’m looking forward to the game; it’ll be a full house at the Lamex because it’ll be one of the games where the fans will turn out in force and hopefully we can create a good atmosphere and get the three points.”

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