Sarll praises Stevenage strike trio

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 December 2017

Danny Newton, Matthew Godden and Alex Samuel celebrate a goal for Stevenage (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Danny Newton, Matthew Godden and Alex Samuel celebrate a goal for Stevenage (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Matt Godden, Danny Newton and Alex Samuel ran riot as Stevenage beat Chesterfield 5-1 in Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two game at The Lamex Stadium.

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll thanks the fans (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Stevenage manager Darren Sarll thanks the fans (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The trio’s performance saw Newton score the opening goal, Godden help himself to a brace and Samuel cause chaos all afternoon, much to the delight of their manager, Darren Sarll.

The 34-year-old Boro boss was full of praise for his attackers, telling the Comet: “I was really pleased, for the work ethic and intensity of the front three, that they got what they want to do the most which is goals.

“I thought they were really great. You look at the focus of the players from the outset and that was typified by the three forwards.”

Stevenage had 18 shots on goal and 10 on target against the Spireites, and despite the attacking masterclass from his front three, Sarll believes the scoreline could have been bigger if they had been more ruthless in front of goal.

“In the end it looks like ruthless finishing but I think we scored from the fifth chance we had,” he said.

“Ruthless finishing would have meant we scored a few more.

“There were elements of our finishing that were really good and others that weren’t.”

Newton’s goal on 12 minutes brought his league tally to 10 while Godden’s double sees him reach 12 strikes before Christmas.

Despite two members of his strike force reaching double figures before the New Year, Sarll would like to see the kind of attacking display he witnessed on Saturday on a more regular basis.

“I come away and think how can we make sure that’s there every week?” he said.

“Alex Samuel and Danny Newton are still very young men in the Football League.

“I know Danny isn’t young chronologically but he is a young Football League player and it can be hard.

“It’s important that we now try and find a consistency.

“I don’t think it’s mentality because my lads always want to win, do themselves proud and do the football club proud.

“The focus and energy to their play will take some careful management over the next few days to make sure we can reproduce what we have shown.”

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