Stevenage's players are preparing to roll their sleeves up and begin the final push for promotion from League Two - starting with Walsall at home.

Boro have 13 games to go in what has been an excellent campaign so far but a run of one win in the last seven matches has raised a few nerves.

They are still third though and have games in hand and that, according to forward Jordan Roberts, is the perfect starting point.

He said: "It’s been a tough few weeks to say the least, we all know that, but as a collective, the lads are in good shape and ready for the weekend. 

"There's going to be a bit of pressure, just because of where we are in the league and the time of the season it is. 

"It's almost crunch time and we're still there. We're still in a good position. 

"It's just about taking it game by game and not getting too carried away. There's still plenty of changes that could happen, I'm sure, and it's down to us just to keep focused, do what we do out on the training pitch and take it into the games. 

"There's no reason why it should stop now. [We should] be showing the ability we've got in the squad and the gaffer believes in us as a collective. 

"We've also got the fans behind us as they have been there throughout the season. 

"We want to have them back smiling again so we'll try and get that as soon as possible, starting on Saturday." 

Their last outing was a horrible 2-0 reverse at bottom of the league Rochdale and it saw the players forced to come in on Sunday, their day off.

Roberts believes that was a positive thing.

He said: "Sometimes it's needed, just to steady the ship, and [to remind you to be] thankful and grateful of where we are in the league.

"We've still got a massive opportunity to be promoted and the gaffer just told us to relax, we're still there and we've still got time to put it right.

"We've done so well up until now but this isn’t the time to feel sorry for ourselves. We're not there yet but the lads know.

"We watched games and clips where we can improve and the things we need to do better.

"We showed it at the start of the season when we went on an unbelievable run. We've got the lads to do it. 

"Now it's time to push on, kick on and show what we’re really about."