Stevenage boss Darren Sarll praises fans after Notts County

PUBLISHED: 18:33 14 November 2017 | UPDATED: 18:33 14 November 2017

Stevenage fans celebrate after Danny Newton scores the opening goal. Picture: Danny Loo

Stevenage fans celebrate after Danny Newton scores the opening goal. Picture: Danny Loo

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Stevenage boss Darren Sarll has been full of praise for supporters after his team drew 1-1 with Notts County at the Lamex on Saturday.

Stevenage fans celebrate after Danny Newton scores the opening goal. Picture: Danny LooStevenage fans celebrate after Danny Newton scores the opening goal. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Newton put Boro ahead against the Sky Bet League Two leaders but Elliot’s Hewitt’s second half goal meant a share of the spoils in a hard-fought match.

Elliott Hewitt’s equaliser earned Notts County a point at Stevenage, as the Magpies maintained their position on top of League Two.

County remained ahead of the pack in the fourth tier after second place Luton Town conceded a 97th minute equaliser away at Cheltenham, allowing the Magpies top spot.

However Sarll was more concerned with the battling qualities his side showed – and the whole-hearted support Boro fans showed throughout the tough match.

Danny Newton scores for Stevenage. Picture: Mia BeskeenDanny Newton scores for Stevenage. Picture: Mia Beskeen

He said: “It was an all-round performance really because I thought the supporters were absolutely terrific, absolutely terrific.

“We felt as one again. It didn’t feel like we were fighting each other, it didn’t feel like there was a difference in expectation.

“It just felt that Stevenage as a whole was back again.”

The draw capped a good week for Boro after a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Nantwich Town in the FA Cup first round and an impressive 3-1 triumph over Brighton and Hove Albion’s under-21 side with a young side in their final game of the Checkatrade Trophy.

Matt Godden looks to cross the ball into the box. Picture: Mia BeskeenMatt Godden looks to cross the ball into the box. Picture: Mia Beskeen

With Boro facing a long trip to Mansfield Town on Saturday they will be looking to carry their good form on the road.

But first Sarll lauded his men for showing great passion and controlled aggression in refusing to be bowed by Kevin Nolan’s league leaders on Saturday.

Speaking after the match he said: “It was two committed groups of men under two managers that probably value commitment and desire as a priority from their players.

“It kind of met with an almighty bang in the middle.

Danny Newton scores for Stevenage. Picture: Mia BeskeenDanny Newton scores for Stevenage. Picture: Mia Beskeen

“I don’t think it was particularly pleasing on the eye but you have to meet fire with fire sometimes and I thought the boys met fire with fire today.

“I am just disappointed that we didn’t give too many chances and the goal we gave away was from our own making.

“I thought the back four were terrific for the most part, as was the goalkeeper, who took in some terrific crosses to take the pressure off us. We just need to apply a bit more offensive quality to the game.

“It is a good point and I want us to be a bit more steady and consistent. It has been a good week, two wins and a draw is very promising and I thought King and Wilkinson at centre half was particularly positive.

“We just have to lay good foundations because the next set of fixtures are as tough as County.”

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