Stevenage v Wycombe Wanders: Boro boss Sarll expecting ‘tough game’

PUBLISHED: 12:32 08 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:32 08 December 2017

Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll. Picture: Danny Loo

Stevenage FC manager Darren Sarll. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

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Stevenage boss Darren Sarll is anticipating a difficult match against Gareth Ainsworth’s Chairboys.

Speaking ahead of the game he said: “Wycombe’s a tough game, it always is a tough game.

“Gareth’s side is very committed and he’s done a fabulous job, it’s his fifth/sixth season.

“Anyone who can stay in employment in football management for five seasons should be applauded.

“You know you are going to get a directness in their play will be supplemented with lots of aggression, lots of commitment and he does really well at it.

“We need to make sure like last year when we played them at home that we are fully aware and capable of neutralising and bringing our own threat.

“I think we can bring a real threat, obviously the players Monday morning skipped into the training ground rather than debating why we had lost.

“It’s shown this week in training, they have been absolutely magnificent.”

Following the superb result in showing real determination to beat FA Cup rivals Swindon Town 5-2 on Saturday allied with an excellent high-tempo, high-pressing game Sarll would like to transfer that form into the league as Boro move into a busy run of fixtures.

Stevenage’s form in Sky Bet League Two has been inconsistent with two wins in eight but Sarll is confident his united side will start to pick up points to move them up the table where they belong, after their good start to this season.

With Wycombe seven points ahead of Boro a win would narrow the gap – but it will be tough with Wycombe sitting pretty on 33 points from 20 games, only four points off the automatic promotion places.

He added: “What you know about Wycombe is that they will come and give their absolute best. You don’t get an easy battle.

“Mix that with some very good footballers then you know you’re in for a battle.

“But we will be working hard as ever to do our best and see where it gets us. We’re not far away from the time last season when we started our run – and if we can replicate that in any form then we will have a chance.”

The Chairboys have showed good form away from home with four wins and three draws from their 10 matches on the road – with Adebayo Akinfenwa enjoying a stellar season with 11 goals and six assists leading the way for his team, as Sarll added: “Akinfenwa is a good footballer. Don’t think he’s a big lump because he’s a good player.

“It’s a good side we’ll be facing. It’ll be a very tough test for us.”

Tickets are available at advance prices until midnight on Friday at or 5pm on Friday from the club shop.

Matchday tickets are also available from the turnstiles or Ticket Office for both Stevenage and Wycombe supporters.

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