Westley hoping to build on demolition job

Boro boss wants repeat performance against Notts County on Saturday

STEVENAGE boss Graham Westley says there is no danger of his team getting ahead of themselves after trouncing Sheffield Wednesday 5-1 on Tuesday night.

Boro face Notts County at the Lamex Stadium this Saturday and Westley hopes his players will maintain the same level of performance that has seen them win their last two home games and score nine goals in the process.

“There’s no point thinking that because you’ve done your work tonight (against Sheffield Wednesday), that you’ve got any divine right on Saturday,” said Westley.

“It’s going to be a completely different challenge and we have to get ourselves in the right frame of mind to start that. We talked before the game about the importance of winning off the back of winning, and we’ve now got back-to-back home victories.

“We won’t get carried away with ourselves and we’ll keep our feet on the ground and do the work again. So, come Saturday, it’s a new team coming here – Martin Allen always gets his team organised and they’ll fight for every ball and we’ve got to make sure we fight harder than that.”

Westley was understandably delighted with what he saw against the Owls on Tuesday night, highlighting the manner in which his players went for the jugular rather than regress, after taking an early lead.

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“It was important to bounce back after the weekend where we were disappointing in performance terms and to drop the points was a blow to us,” he said.

“But we talked long and hard and tried to get ourselves in the right frame of mind to do the job tonight and I thought the players played some scintillating stuff and deserved the victory.

“We haven’t turned one-nil into three-nil this season, we’ve gone one-nil to one-all – and that’s not us. We like to be relentless, we like to create and sustain a momentum in our game so it was nice to take that step forward tonight and build on that early lead. There was an urgency in our play and it was a positive performance – there’s now doubt about that.”

Westley said there was no doubt in his mind at half time that he wanted his team to stay on the front foot and try to inflict more damage on their woeful opponents. However, despite the 5-1 result, Westley said he wasn’t fully content after the final whistle.

He said: “You’ve got to be prepared to build on what you’ve done (in the first half). You mustn’t doubt yourselves. It was about staying on the front foot, it was about continuing to pressure and dominate but if there is a little negative on the evening it has to be the goal we conceded which stops us bringing our clean sheet home.

“We were really gutted not to win the second half and keep the clean sheet, which was the order of the day. But I don’t want that to take the gloss off the players’ performance because they worked phenomenally hard tonight and played some really, really good football that entertained the crowd.”

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