Sarll: We’ve had hours of discussions about the team to play Yeovil Town
PUBLISHED: 13:05 11 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:05 11 November 2016
Darren Sarll says Tuesday’s big win over Southend United has ‘provoked a lot of discussion’ among his staff in terms of picking the right team to face Yeovil Town tomorrow (Saturday).
Boro go into the match on the back of three wins in five matches in all competitions and having played the same starting XI in both the 2-1 win at Mansfield Town in the league and the narrow loss to Port Vale in the FA Cup.
Tuesday night’s match saw Sarll make eight changes as he gave a number of his other squad members some minutes on the pitch, and with the performance they produced has now got to consider whether or not to change his line-up for the visit of the Glovers.
“It provoked a lot of discussion this week among staff, and if there was ever a time to need an advisor it was after Tuesday night,” said Sarll.
“We’ve had hours of discussions about the team for Saturday, and we’ll continue that discussion after today’s training session.
“However well planned you think you are and however strategic you think you are, when you have one more training session you could potentially have a problem ahead of you as someone could do really well or someone does really poorly or someone might get injured.
“Yes there’s a decision around the team and it’s one that I won’t probably finalise until Saturday.”
Sarll wants his side to start ‘dominating’ their home league matches. Despite a decent performance against Carlisle United in their last League Two game at the Lamex, Boro came away from the match without any points to show for their efforts.
“I want a good performance at home. The last time we were there, Carlisle, it was a good performance,” Sarll said.
“I think we made 580 passes with an 82 per cent success rate. The next day Man City made 585. It gets overlooked at Stevenage when you’re trying to rebrand a football club when you’re not used to making 580 passes. The other night we made 550 with 81 per cent [success rate] against Southend and we had the four goals and the win.
“It’s important we start dominating our home fixtures and we secure maximum points when we play at home whoever we play against. Saying that, we try to do that away from home. We didn’t set up at Mansfield to hold on and break away.”
Talking specifically about Darren Way’s Yeovil, Sarll added: “I think when Darren took over he went through a process of making them very competitive and he did very well.
“He’s a very thoughtful and intelligent man. He did remarkably well with them last year with the same group of players who were bottom of the league at one point so I take my hat off to him.
“This year he’s had a bad spell followed by a really good spell. Yeovil will come and will be competitive and resilient, compact and well coached and prepared.
“I went to watch them on Wednesday night at Reading in the Checkatrade as Darren came to us on Tuesday and I enjoyed the game and watching how he’s trying to put his strategy down at his club in his own individual and specific way.”