The Football League Paper - - BIG INTERVIEW -

OUR last three games at Steve­nage last sea­son, were lost with a 0-7 ag­gre­gate.

The squad was filled with six loa­nees and in­clud­ing them, 12 play­ers de­parted in the sum­mer. Six mainly lower league lads (two from Con­fer­ence, three from league 2,1 from League One) then re­placed them as we sought to find a win­ning way again.

It was never go­ing to be easy as new faces from lower lev­els ad­justed to League One and to each other. Three more de­feats and a 3-6 ag­gre­gate was cer­tainly not a good way to be­gin to­gether. Al­though it was an im­prove­ment on 0-7!

What I do know h is that things are chang­ing again at Steve­nage. We beat Ori­ent by 58 per cent pos­ses­sion to 42 per cent last week­end de­spite get­ting edged out 0-1. They beat us be­cause of ad­van­tages that teams that have been to­gether longer can have over newly-formed teams.

But our ground cov­er­age, our ball re­ten­tion and our at­tack­ing em­pha­sis were back. We had dou­ble their at­tempts at goal. And we dom­i­nated play.

Since the game, we have fo­cused on the things that we could have done to guar­an­tee our­selves the points.

It is about do­ing more. Par­tic­u­larly about de­tailed or­gan­i­sa­tion and clin­i­cal­ity. Ev­ery in­di­vid­ual has worked on as­pects of his game.

When peo­ple ask me, with a wry smile, how we are do­ing, I look them straight in the eye and tell them straight: we are al­right. I have got a good hon­est and im­prov­ing bunch of lads. We are mak­ing er­rors. But we are learn­ing fast and we are go­ing to be good.

For a new squad, at a small club, our lads have evolved very fast. With pa­tience, they will ma­ture quickly.

Steve­nage pro­gressed be­fore by work­ing hard, work­ing smart, and by re­lent­lessly pur­su­ing vic­tory. We are on our way again. For sure.

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