Sarll disappointed not to progress in FA Cup

PUBLISHED: 20:31 05 November 2016 | UPDATED: 20:37 05 November 2016

Darren Sarll.

Darren Sarll.

Danny Loo Photography 2016

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll felt the footballing gods were not with his side as, despite a positive display, they were knocked out of the FA Cup at the first time of asking.

Sarll saw his team trail 1-0 away to League One Port Vale at the break then dominate the second period in what was one of his side’s best 45 minutes of the season.

He said: “Glenn [Roeder, managerial advisor] said to me this morning on the bus ‘when your name is on it, your name is on it’ so ok our name certainly wasn’t on it with the big man looking down and the chances we created and lack of conversion.

“I am one of those you get what you deserve type people, but looking at those chances it was quite frightening, it was very one-sided.

“I’m just very disappointed.

“I’m disappointed for the players, [and] the supporters because largely our play deserved a bigger productivity in and around their penalty box.

“I just thought ‘it’s gonna happen, we are getting there, we are knocking on the door so much, so often, someone is going to have to answer it eventually.’

“We have a lot of ifs, buts and maybes.

“I thought defensively we were very solid, they didn’t really trouble us.

“I felt comfortable with our positions, where we were on the pitch and our possession.

“From set-pieces we were a threat all day, it was just conversion, that’s why centre forwards get the most money.”

Sarll again began the game with plenty of youth in his side and they did not look out of place against opposition from a higher tier.

Stevenage almost grabbed a late leveller, but Matt Godden hit the post and put the rebound over in the final minute as Boro exited the cup.

“The one positive is we are building something,” Sarll added.

“I’ve not seen them before be as relentless to go for that goal as I saw them today.

“We are still building, we are a young side with an average age of 23, there was lots of energy, lots of effort, lots of good football, some well rehearsed tactical situations from our set pieces and it’s the last touch that evaded us.”

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