No Complacency But The Only Way Is Up - Westley
Manager Graham Westley has said that the only way is up for Stevenage following our third win in four attempts following the game against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.
Following on from the Peterborough loss, Stevenage have now won every game since bar the draw against Crawley Town, and have lifted ourselves into a position of being one point off exiting the relegation zone which has been amazing progress compared to only a few games ago.
Speaking to the press following goals from Smith, Charles and Mousinho which gave us a very comfortable three nil lead before an unfortunate own goal gave them a consolation two minutes from full time, the gaffer was clearly delighted with what he'd seen not only in that game but in very recent weeks.
'It's a good bounce back from the situation we're in but we're not complacent. We know the situation has been difficult, we know we've had to get one or two players out to bring one or two in. It has been a tough challenge, and it still is a tough challenge.'
Westley goes on to say that being able to add additional good players to our ranks like Dembele, Obeng and Mousinho, well in football it's easy, the more good players you have, the better results become normally and that's proving to be the case for us now.
'The boys were strong this afternoon, it was a determining display. We did what we had to do and it was quite convincing on the whole. We said at half time 'let's see if we've learned the lesson, let's see if we've understood how to take these situations onwards and close the games out' and we did that. We closed the game by scoring the second and the third and allowed ourselves to make that stupid mistake late on.'
Since targeting nine wins from our remaining games, we have now clocked up four of those nine and now the gaffer is targeting what he hopes will be a continuation of that form that will see us end the season in the top half of the table so we can really have some momentum to improve further in 2014-15 and really put this season's struggles behind us.
Without doubt there is a marked difference in form of late, we just need to continue that and whatever happens in terms of the aim of finishing in the top half of the table, as long as we are out of the relegation spaces that will do - anything over that is a bonus with the campaign we've had, but we are certainly finding form at the right time now.