Sarll delighted with comeback against Cheltenham
PUBLISHED: 12:20 04 January 2018
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Stevenage boss Darren Sarll was pleased with the character his side showed as they came from behind to beat Cheltenham Town 4-1 on New Years Day.
Mohamed Eisa put the visitors ahead inside 90 seconds at The Lamex Stadium but goals from Matt Godden, Danny Newton and a Tom Pett brace meant Boro started 2018 with a win.
The turnaround delighted Sarll but he was left with a twinge of disappointment at his sides slow start to the game.
The 34-year-old told the Comet: “We had to graft and dig our way out of a hole.
“We showed a lot of character and I’ve said this before, the lads always respond.
“As a supporter you come to see a little bit of blood and thunder but you also come to see goals.
“It should take the whistle for us to start playing not conceding though.
“The disappointing thing at the minute is that the goals we are conceding are from areas we’ve highlighted and practice with the players.
“Sometimes the rehearsal has not matched the opening ceremony.
“Let’s take nothing away from the players. They’ve gone 1-0 down, they’ve made a mistake but they’ve got themselves out of it and into a winning position.”
“As I said, we showed a lot of spirit and a lot of character.”
Despite the scoreline, Cheltenham had plenty of chances but Sarll was pleased with effort of players and his side’s form at home this season.
“Jonathan Smith’s two blocks in the second-half were really inspirational, as was Ronnie Henry with his leadership and the front four first-half were our whole team and more,” he said.
“Even though we’ve not played well on the road lately the players physical output has been impressive and I know they are trying as hard as they can.
“It just happens that at home this season, unlike last season, we are an incredible force. I think its 14 goals in the last three games.
“Addressing the form on the road is something we are obviously doing and we’ll carry on working.”