Sheringham wary of past failures as Stevenage ready themselves for York City test

PUBLISHED: 13:20 29 January 2016 | UPDATED: 13:33 29 January 2016

Tom Pett in action against York City earlier this season.

Tom Pett in action against York City earlier this season.

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Teddy Sheringham says Stevenage are not ‘good enough’ to take it easy against York City as he seeks a ‘resilient’ performance from his players.

Boro head into tomorrow’s match having not won in the league in seven games, but the draw against Barnet last Saturday was the club’s first clean sheet since mid-November.

Sheringham is likely to be without top scorer Chris Whelpdale (groin) for tomorrow’s match, while the future of Dean Parrett remains in the balance after a fee was agreed between Stevenage and Peterborough United for the midfielder but personal terms were not.

Adam Marriott returned to training this week while Dean Wells is also back to fitness, though Sheringham may not want to change the defence after Saturday’s shut-out.

York City are currently bottom of League Two, but have changed manager since the two sides drew 2-2 at Stevenage in September with Jackie McNamara taking over six weeks later.

During his first month in charge McNamara saw his side concede 21 goals in his first six games, but since then it is seven conceded in six with just two defeats in their last five matches.

Speaking about this weekend’s opponents, Sheringham said: “We’ve had some bad results against the likes of Yeovil and Dagenham when we’ve been playing them down the bottom. This is a tricky game for us.

“Everyone will be beating everyone else through the season. Even now when it looks like the top three, four or five will run away with it, it isn’t going to happen in this division.

“It only takes teams giving a little bit more effort than the team at the top and they overturn the teams at the top.

“We can’t take this easily because we’re five places above the team we’re playing. No way.

“We’re not good enough to take this game easy. We have to be at full throttle and make sure we’re fully focused otherwise we’ll be turned over.

“I’ll try to make it clear to our players. We had a resilient performance last week and I’d like more of that and better this week”

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