Westley pleased with instilling a winning mentality into his players

Graham Westley. Photo: Harry Hubbard

Graham Westley. Photo: Harry Hubbard - Credit: Archant

Stevenage boss Graham Westley believes the positivity in his side is proving the difference in their battle to avoid relegation.

Boro are unbeaten in five games, and have pulled themselves out of the League 1 relegation zone having been there since November 26.

And Westley believes clearing the decks in January and bringing back a winning mentality has proved vital in bringing fresh hope to all at the club.

“There are a lot of cogs in any machine and the whole machine has been firing much more strongly” Westley told the Comet.

“The team spirit since we cleared the decks in January and saw nine out the door the team spirit changed completely.

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“The influences that were perhaps detrimental to the forward movement of the team have been removed and they have been replaced by people who are adding to the momentum.

“So it was a good month in Jan, although not a lot happened on the way in, what happened on the way out really helped the oil in the machine to get going.”

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Since returning to the Lamex Stadium following an ill-fated spell at Preston North End, Westley has been under no illusions as to the size of the task ahead to get Stevenge back on a upward trajectory.

This has led to Boro fans having to remain patient as the returning manager attempted to re-imprint his mark on the side.

Westley added: “In a quiet moment I would look at the situation I inherited, you don’t inherit 14 defeats in 17 just because the manager is not very good, and that’s not a comment on the previous manager, I’m just saying it isn’t just a manager when you lose 14 in 17.

“You can give a good group of players a bad manager and trust me they would win football matches.

“So when you lose 14 in 17 you’ve got some bad players, some bad people and some bad players, it doesn’t happen for no reason.

“And turning it around is not easy because some of those people are contracted and their losing ways, you’re stuck with.

“We’ve played a lot of games with players who are happy enough losing games, and it’s difficult.

“But I think the tide is turning, there are more people who want to win games and if you’ve got players who want to win games and know how to win games, you’ve got a chance.”

Stevenage travel to take on Carlisle on Saturday, another team in and around them in the league.

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