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PUBLISHED: 12:57 05 October 2006 | UPDATED: 10:57 06 May 2010

Mark Stimson

Mark Stimson

Stevenage Boro boss Mark Stimson s monthly column for The Comet Since my last column the results have got better. It started with the home match against Stafford Rangers where we got our first win of the season with a convincing 6-0 victory and there wer

Stevenage Boro boss Mark Stimson's monthly column for The Comet

Since my last column the results have got better.

It started with the home match against Stafford Rangers where we got our first win of the season with a convincing 6-0 victory and there were some very good performances that afternoon.

There was a bit of a hiccup when we bumped into Aldershot, who were really fantastic on the evening; I don't think that many teams in our division would have lived with them, and then a disappointing result at Cambridge United.

But behind the scenes the tempo in the training sessions were getting better and the fitness levels were improving.

Danny Ellis, our fitness coach, deserves a mention - he has really got into the boys and they have started taking on what was required.

He has asked questions from the start of the season.

Then following the Cambridge defeat it was four games unbeaten culminating in Tuesday's victory over Woking.

For me the Woking performance was for the fans because since Scott and I arrived at Broadhall Way they have been fantastic to us and the team. All they have done is give us encouragement.

The results have not gone as well as we all would have liked, but they realise that good teams are not built in a day or a week and Tuesday night's win was for them.

I think you could see how much the players appreciate them by the celebrations at the end of the game.

Early in the season the defence had been causing us concern but Ronnie Henry has stepped in there and taken on the responsibility of being captain, he has taken it in the right way and is leading by example.

Although he is young, he has got a mature head on his shoulders on the football pitch.

He and Santos alongside him have been fantastic, and both the full-backs have done better. They are realising that they get paid to stop wingers crossing balls and that anything else that they do is a bonus.

We have also added a couple of new players in the centre of the pitch.

I played with Mark Beard several years ago at Southend and he gave me a call when he came back from Spain and said that he didn't want any pay, but just wanted the opportunity to play football and show me that he was good enough.

And when someone like Mark Beard says that you have to give them the opportunity; and during those two weeks he got the winner for us against Weymouth.

And Dwane Lee has been a big player at this level a couple of years ago, that dropped off a bit last year when he was at Barnet, but he has come into the team and both of them have done really well and their partnership has coincided with our improved results.

We have our targets and if we are somewhere decent in January, and maybe add a couple of players, because I still think that we need to, you never know.

But I am sure after that the supporters are sensible enough to know that our targets this year are to put everything in place and play the sort of football that I think that the supporters want to see.

That is what Scott and I came here to do; play the ball on the floor and make it attractive to the eye.

I think Tuesday night was a good example of that.


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