Westley pays tribute to departing Moro after FA Trophy win

Boro boss Graham Westley hailed his side s character after watching his side bounce back from play-off disappointment to win the FA Trophy today. Goals from Steve Morison and Lee Boylan ensured that Monday s play-off defeat at Cambridge is but a distant

Boro boss Graham Westley hailed his side's character after watching his side bounce back from play-off disappointment to win the FA Trophy today.

Goals from Steve Morison and Lee Boylan ensured that Monday's play-off defeat at Cambridge is but a distant memory and Westley is hoping his side can use the victory to kick on next season.

"It's a fabulous feeling to win. You don't want to come to Wembley and lose," said Westley. "In terms of our season then our priority was promotion. We got off to a start that meant we were always going to face an uphill struggle.

"All of us were gutted to miss out against Cambridge but our players have gained an enormous amount of experience and I think we showed a lot of character today. We could have easily come here and lost after that."


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Westley admitted it was a difficult to task to raise his players after the morale-sapping loss on Monday but it didn't show at Wembley as Stevenage never gave York a sniff of victory.

"When you lose a game like that (Cambridge) of that significance the disappointment is immense.

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"You wake up on Tuesday and feel like you life's not worth living. It's enough of a job lifting yourself let alone the players.

"To be fair we have all lifted each other. We had a responsibility to ourselves and the football club and today was a real credit to everybody.

"I thought they put in a decent performance."

Westley paid tribute to Morison, who led the line superbly all afternoon and capped what is likely to be his last appearance for Boro with a predator's finish in the 69th minute.

"He has been a credit to himself in recent days and weeks," said Westley. "I have sat down and talked with him a lot with the fact that he will probably be moving in the summer.

"He has taken the captain's armband and shown that he's a true man in the way he has worn it.

"He led from the front and was a constant menace. (Andy) Drury always kept him fed and he always looked like scoring.

"I think he deserved the man-of-the-match award for the way he has led the team in recent weeks."

When asked how he is looking to replace the 25-year-old, Westled responded: "Hopefully I have already replaced him.

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