We were far the better side, says Smith

Gary Smith

Gary Smith - Credit: Archant

Stevenage boss delighted with win over Brentford as his side puts an end to a six-game losing streak

Gary Smith says Boro created enough chances to win two games of football in their win over Brentford, adding that his was ‘by far the better side’, writes Damion Roberts.

Boro had gone into Tuesday night’s encounter against fourth place Bees on the back of six straight defeats but they attacked from the off, hit the woodwork twice in the opening 20 minutes and had Marcus Haber’s 75th minute shot to thank for winning them all three points.

Speaking after the win, a relieved Smith said the result takes the pressure off him but he added that his belief in his players to put an end to the woeful run never faltered.

“At the weekend, after a difficult result, I did say the guys were well and truly on board and that they were going to compete for every single scrap of grass on the field and they did that, and I thought we really deserved the victory,” Smith said.

Asked if the result took the pressure off, the Boro boss said: “Yes, of course, but more importantly I think it reinforces what we know about the team and this game’s a game that never ceases to amaze you.

“We played against four sides that in the league table are below us, but in all honesty we didn’t really get an awful lot out of them… and [against Brentford] I thought we were far better than a side that are probably one of the favourites to be promoted.”

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Smith made four changes for this game, including recalling Luke Freeman to the midfield and putting Sam Hoskins up front alongside Marcus Haber.

The pace and movement of those two players, Smith said, helped spur his side on.

“The difference on Saturday was that I think we played those four natural central midfield players, and although the guys played well I just felt that we didn’t quite have the right balance.

“Luke brought something to that midfield. [Despite] their endeavours at the weekend [there was] a lack of sparkle, that bit of inspiration that’s needed when you’re in a difficult spot, and its not through a lack of effort.

“But I think the two guys that came in, Luke and Sam, gave what was necessary to try and force the issue a little bit more and of course we created enough chances to win the game twice over I thought.

“The team performance generally was a very, very good one and I think we’d all agree if you’re here watching it, it’s as good as anything we’ve seen here this year.

“But for special mention I thought Darius [Chares] was absolutely immense at centre-back, Gavin Mahon showed all of the experience and qualities that I think we’ve lacked and needed in previous weeks, and not just because of the goal but Marcus’ performance up front gave us a real platform to work with and of course off that there were many other guys who chipped in with good showings.”