Kane Smith believes the two home wins in a week have put Stevenage in a good position heading into a huge promotion showdown.

Boro defeated Walsall on Saturday and then Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday to move ahead of Carlisle United and back into second in League Two

And the full-back, who scored one and got an assist on the other goal as Boro won 2-1 against the Cumbrians back in August, says the confidence is just as high as ever.

Smith said: "We've put ourselves in good stead and with two wins on the bounce, we can go to. Carlisle and give a performance that we know we can and hopefully nick a point or win the game.

"I'll take another assist on Saturday, the next game is always the biggest game.

"We were confident coming into pre-season, we knew what we had in this team, the ability we had.

"Stevenage have not been in and around it at all for the last few years.

"But this year, that added a bit of confidence, that bit of fresh air in the group, the confidence is still growing."

Those victories at the Lamex in the last seven days came after just one league win in seven.

Smith said: "Going off the games before that, we needed two wins for ourselves and for the fans.

"I thought we did really well. We created a lot of chances in the second half, peppered them really, but we finally got that goal. 


"We reflected after with the boys that there was a sigh of relief as we needed it.

"Even though we went through a little bit of a blip, the boys stayed positive and the whole backroom staff stayed positive.

"We all looked after each other in that situation."


Even while the team was struggling to put results together, Smith was one who stood out having been given his chance in the team due to an injury to Luther James-Wildin.

And the former Hitchin man has been happy with his performances.

"I've come in and thought I've done well," he said.

"Luther has been excellent and I know that. He's been tremendous, probably one of our best players this season.

"I just knew as soon as I got a chance, I needed to take it.

"It's been hard to sit there and watch but I've been patient and unfortunately for Luther, he got injured.

"He's back now but I think you need that you need that bit of a pressure on you. Everyone needs that bit of competition just to get a bit extra yardage out of each other."

His patience has been one of the things Smith has been proud of as he tackles life in the Football League for the first time.


"I've loved it," he said. "The boys have been excellent, especially coming from the league below.

"You don't really know what to expect, what the difference is, but I think I've handled myself well.

"I just needed to test myself.

"If you just believe in yourself, especially when you're not playing, and then you get a chance, you have got to take it."