Wise words from Schumacher ahead of Stevenage’s last eight games

Steven Schumacher.

Steven Schumacher. - Credit: Archant

Having twice been promoted from League Two, Stevenage midfielder Steven Schumacher knows exactly what it takes to climb out of the division.

The 32-year-old helped Bury to automatic promotion in 2010/11 and was part of the Fleetwood side which went up through the play-offs in 2013/14.

Schumacher and his current Stevenage side are fourth in the table and with eight games of the campaign to go he says they must focus on their own form and not worry about their promotion-chasing rivals.

Ahead of Saturday’s clash at Cambridge United, the former England U19 captain said: “I have been in this position before with eight games to go being there or thereabouts in the play-off zone.

“If you start worrying about what everybody else does your own performances drop or can effect how you go about your own game.

“It may be a cliché, but we have just got to worry about ourselves, we know if our performance levels drop the results will go with it and it’s key we don’t let that happen.

“We need to win as many games as we can and see where it takes us.

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“If we hang on to a play-off place great, if we can push into an automatic spot then even better, what we don’t want to do is take our foot off the gas and finish the season on a downer.”

Of being in Darren Sarll’s current Boro squad Schumacher, who began his career with Everton and was in the same youth team as Wayne Rooney, added: “There’s a good mood in the camp, everyone is enjoying their football at the minute and the results are going well so long may it continue.

“We have got a really good team spirit, the manager worked hard over the summer to bring lads to the club that were going to bring something to the table with that respect.

“Everybody gets on and enjoys each other’s company and the results on the pitch and the work-rate they are putting in for each other is showing some good signs.”