Westley: It’s a tough learning curve for a new-look Stevenage team

Wycombe Wanderers number 9, Hayes volleys the ball into the top corner to equalise

Wycombe Wanderers number 9, Hayes volleys the ball into the top corner to equalise - Credit: Archant

Following Stevenage’s 3-1 home defeat to Wycombe Wanderers today, boss Graham Westley has admitted his newly-assembled squad must learn lessons from the defeat.

Darius Charles had put hosts Stevenage ahead in the 32nd minutes, but strikes from Paul Hayes, Peter Murphy and substitute Matt McClure ensured it was the visitors from Buckinghamshire who collected the three points on offer.

Speaking to the Comet pitchside, Westley said: “We were always going to have a couple of horrible days in the evolution of this team.

“When you got a new group of players learning [about] each other, when you’ve got a new team coming together stuff goes wrong sometimes and the team can’t find its way back.

“And its only when you get back together in the dressing room at the end and you talk about what’s gone wrong, the problems and you look at possible solutions and the ways you could have done things differently that you start to understand where the answers lie.

“I think today is one of those days, we got a lot wrong, we did it last weekend at Southend then we showed Tuesday we could be a good side and then we got a lot wrong today.”

It was somewhat of a lacklustre performance from Boro today at the Lamex, conceding two very soft goals including one from a clever Wycombe free-kick routine that bamboozled the home side, leaving them at sixes and sevens as Murphy tapped home.

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“In the end we have gone 2-1 down to two really poorly defended set-pieces,” added the Boro boss.

“When you’re a new side you could see what’s going on out there; there were one or two lads who were a little bit uncertain, a couple were uncertain about the jobs they were doing.

“That uncertainty unfortunately has cost us.”

Prior to the game, Westley had called for the home crowd to help his players pull through games, and despite the reversal, he was delighted with the support his new-look Stevenage had garnered from the stands.

“Our fans are awesome,” he added.

“They stay with us and get behind us even when we’re not serving them up a very decent fare, and they deserve what I know they boys are determined to give them. I really do trust these players, they will come good.

“We’ve seen what our side can do, we know what they’ve got and we know they fell below the level this afternoon.

“Learning experiences are tough to take but I’ve got real confidence in these players.

“I know what we are watching, and it’s gone up and gone down in its quality but at its best it’s been decent, and we’ve just to make sure we get our performance at that level on a consistent basis and then we will be in the vein of winning football matches.”