Stevenage v Reading FA Cup third-round - Sarll wants attacking display at the Lamex
PUBLISHED: 13:50 05 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:50 05 January 2018
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Stevenage will go out and attack against Reading in Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie, according to Boro boss Darren Sarll.
With 14 goals in the last four home games, the Lamex has become a fortress of late for Sarll’s side.
The 34-year-old wants Stevenage to go out and attack their Sky Bet Championship opponents but is also wary of the threat they will pose.
Sarll told CometSport: “It’s a game that we can go and attack, play without any sort of caution or anxiety.
“It’s nice to be in the third-round, we’ve not been there for a few years now so it’s been a while since we had a proper FA Cup tie.
“It’s one we are very much looking forward to and it’s a fixture that’s quite close to us, in terms of we’ve played them before and there’s Nick Shorey’s old allegiances so it’s not too unfamiliar.
“We feel that at home we’ve been really positive of late, scored a lot of goals, which is strange because this time last year we were really great away from home.
“But such are the seasonal changes with football.
“We are glad it’s a home game, a tie at the Lamex and in front of our supporters.
“We feel good about ourselves playing at the Lamex at the minute.
“However, whether it be home or away, it’s still a Championship club, a massive organisation and it’ll be a tough game.”
After losing in last season Championship playoff final to Huddersfield Town, Reading have been struggling this campaign and currently sit in 18th place.
This has put pressure on manager Jaap Stam and while his opposite number Sarll sympathises with the former Manchester United and AC Milan defender, he would rather focus on his own team.
“I don’t think its relevant or something that I want to consider,” he said.
“I went to the Reading v Birmingham game on Tuesday night with Nicky Shorey.
“We saw them play, we saw the result and it can be a lonely place as a manager when things aren’t going your way.
“I know exactly how that feels but I’d just rather concentrate on us being as much of an offensive threat as we can.”
With experienced players in the likes of Jonathan Smith and youngsters such as Mark Mckee, Sarll has a good mix in his squad.
The Stevenage boss believes that Saturday’s game should provide extra motivation for every player, something that he hopes will give his team a boost as they look to progress to the fourth-round.
“It’s a game for the older players looking in thinking, ‘how many more FA Cup third rounds have I got?’ said Sarll.
“The younger players think ‘these are the rounds I want to make my mark in’ against the calibre of opponent where your dreams aspire to be.
“It’s an opportunity because the types of club’s that need to be interested are those that we will be coming up against.
“There’ll be a certain element of trust that comes with playing those big teams.
“It’s terrific for all the different players, wherever they are in their career, to be able to go and have their own individual motivation.
“The win is the most important thing, as it is every week, but there are no points on offer and we can use the individual motivation to get ourselves fired up and ready to go.
“It’s a big game, a massive game for everyone and then you look at the broader scale of the club and what these games can do for us in terms of recognition and financial rewards.
“There are so many things to be motivated about and try and earn.”