Westley wants more from hat-trick hero
Boro boss Graham Westley believes there is a lot more to come from Charlie Griffin despite the former Salisbury man netting a hat-trick against Hayes & Yeading on Saturday. Griffin finally discovered a ruthless streak in a Boro shirt after struggling to
Boro boss Graham Westley believes there is a lot more to come from Charlie Griffin despite the former Salisbury man netting a hat-trick against Hayes & Yeading on Saturday.
Griffin finally discovered a ruthless streak in a Boro shirt after struggling to settle since his summer move but, while Westley was delighted to see the 29-year-old hit the goalscoring trail, he believes there is room for improvement in the striker's game.
"I think he'll arrive as a Stevenage player when he gets his hat-trick and he wins the header that he lost that nearly gave them a goal in the first half," Westley told The Comet.
"I think that's the concentration it takes to win consistently. It was important for him to get the goals - he deserves them and I'm genuinely pleased for him.
"But I think he, and others, have got some way to go to get the ruthlessness that's needed to win consistently."
While Westley was pleased with the margin of his side's 4-0 victory, the Boro chief was frustrated with aspects of his side's display.
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Hayes & Yeading had a 15-minute period after half time where they had chances to get back into the game and Westley thought his side lost their rhythm at times thanks to the poor state of the pitch.
"It's a decent result but we're disappointed in the way in which we played," he added.
"To be honest we were gutted with the pitch. It was bobbly, the grass was too long and it wasn't watered enough. It stopped the fluidity of our play and it took a little edge off us.
"We want the pitch at home to be slick so we can play our passing game.
"I thought they had far too much play and far too many chances for my liking.
"At 2-0 we should have been stronger and better organised but we gave up organisation for a bit of a free-for-all after half time and almost paid the price.
"I was disappointed that Daisy (Chris Day) had so much to do. I was disappointed that the defenders didn't understand that the pitch was sticky, trying to play in your final third with bouncing balls and giving them chances to go one-on-one with the goalkeeper isn't good enough - we're better than that.
"We've learned the lessons and we've still come away with 4-0 so that can't be a bad thing.