We were our own worst enemy at times, says Stevenage boss after defeat to Luton Town

Stevenage warm up before the match with Luton Town

Stevenage warm up before the match with Luton Town - Credit: Archant

Graham Westley says Stevenage were their own worst enemy at times as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Luton Town.

The Boro boss made eight changes from the team that beat Carlisle United last weekend, including the whole defence with Ronnie Henry returning at right-back, Roarie Deacon filling in at left-back and Jon Ashton and Harry Worley coming into the centre.

Luton attacked from the off, and got their opening goal after just four minutes before scoring a second just before the break.

Westley said: “It was always going to be a difficult afternoon in the sense that we were sixth whatever happened…but at the same time had to make sure that the lads who went out on the field of play gave us the best chance to win the football match.

“I felt that players who perhaps had a lot more to gain were the right lads to wear the shirt.

“When you make as many changes as we did you could always get that lack of fluency in your play and that lack of organisation at moments, and we saw that in patches.

“We were probably our own worst enemy in those early stages. There were lads finding their feet. Harry and Ash, a new centre-back pairing, and Harry coming back from a long lay-off.

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“We knew it was going to be tough. I think [Arsene] Wenger [Arsenal boss] once said you make three changes and you take a risk.”

Westley did welcome back a number of players from injury to the squad, including Dave McAllister, as he looks ahead to the start of the play-offs next weekend.

He added: “It was vital that people like Macca got minutes in their legs.

“I thought their drive and desire may have been what it would take to win. They were obviously going to be really driven.

“Some of ours may have thought it was job done, and I didn’t want to take that risk.”