Whole squad set to be required
Stevenage Boro manager Mark Stimson s exclusive monthly column for The Comet We started February with a very difficult tie at Morecambe in the FA Trophy. It was a very good away performance and the only blot was a last minute equaliser from the penalty sp
Stevenage Boro manager Mark Stimson's exclusive monthly column for The Comet
We started February with a very difficult tie at Morecambe in the FA Trophy.
It was a very good away performance and the only blot was a last minute equaliser from the penalty spot.
This meant a replay but full credit to the players in the second game.
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It went to extra-time after being 0-0 at 90 minutes. Our fitness levels shone through and we ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.
We then had a home tie against Salisbury in the Trophy quarter-finals who were top of the Conference South at that moment.
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The attitude of our players was first class and it was another comfortable 3-0 scoreline.
Roll on the semi-finals. We've of course got Grays and we'll all be looking forward to it. Semi-finals are always big occasions.
Also over the last month we've had league games against Burton, Grays and Stafford.
We've collected nine points from nine in these games which is very pleasing.
In these games we had two difficult away ones but came through with 2-0 and 3-1 wins.
The other one was Burton at home who were above us at the time.
It was important to beat them to claw points back and we managed this by winning 2-1.
There have been some outstanding individual performances in the last month.
In the Morecambe game, Adam Miller was outstanding and Mitchell Cole showed his pace will cause problems for defenders at this level.
And the Stafford game saw two contenders for goal of the season.
There was a Steve Morison volley which came after a fine move of at least nine passes and Mark Hughes' free-kick from 25 yards which would not have looked out of place at a much higher level.
In general, all the players have been first class and have set up now a very exciting last part of the season.
Our away support has also been appreciated. Long may it continue.
Obviously this Saturday's game sees us going to the biggest club in the division and possibly the biggest crowd we're going to play in front of this season.
I am sure, like the players, that the fans are looking forward to the game at Oxford.
I just have been given the fixtures until the end of the season.
All the squad will have to be used for the remainder of this season.
Playing twice a week is what we want and means we are successful.