On-song Par­rett calls tune for Boro

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Oliver Young-Myles

BOSS Gra­ham West­ley claimed Steve­nage have been pre­par­ing for the even­tu­al­ity of the play­offs for weeks, de­spite only se­cur­ing a top seven spot with this win.

Dean Par­rett’s fourth goal of the sea­son was enough to se­cure the points against a Carlisle side who se­cured their Foot­ball League sta­tus last week.

Steve­nage are guar­an­teed to fin­ish in sixth po­si­tion and West­ley feels that is a com­mend­able achieve­ment.

He said: “We knew the play-offs could be there for us. We’ve been play­ing ok and been build­ing to­wards them for a while, so this isn’t re­ally a land­mark.

“We showed com­po­sure in pos­ses­sion and it was good to see a goal crafted from what we’d talked about dur­ing the week.

“It was a pleas­ing per­for­mance, even though I was dis­ap­pointed to our re­ac­tion af­ter go­ing ahead, but we’ve spo­ken a lot in there about how we can im­prove go­ing for­wards.

“It was a good team goal, Deano ar­rived in the right area, took the chance early and that’s been enough to win the game for us.”

Boro al­most took an early lead through Andy Bond, who saw his vol­ley cleared off the line.

Chris Beard­s­ley has strug­gled for goals this sea­son and it showed as he com­pletely mis­kicked in­side the area af­ter 25 min­utes fol­low­ing Chris Whelp­dale’s cut­back.

Good play from Whelp­dale and Tom Con­lon led to an­other chance for Beard­s­ley, who was de­nied by a last-ditch in­ter­ven­tion by Danny Grainger.

Just be­fore half-time Whelp­dale drew a great save from Mark Gille­spie with a rasp­ing drive from the edge of the box.

Af­ter a prof­li­gate first half Par­rett even­tu­ally broke the dead­lock a minute into the sec­ond as he fin­ished clin­i­cally from the edge of the box, fol­low­ing Tom Pett’s pass. Carlisle’s first chance ar­rived on the hour and they should have scored as Brad Potts blazed over af­ter a great run and cross from Kyle Dempsey.

With 15 min­utes re­main­ing Pett al­most added a sec­ond but his strike can­noned off the post. And de­spite fail­ing to add a sec­ond, Steve­nage held on for a com­fort­able victory.

Carlisle manager Keith Curle said: “I won’t dress that up, I’m not happy with the per­for­mance.

“This per­for­mance typ­i­fies what’s needed at the foot­ball club and a lot of hon­est hard work needs to be done.

“Steve­nage didn’t rein­vent the wheel, they just did the right things more con­sis­tently than us.

“We were static in our play and looked lack­lus­tre all over the pitch.We just didn’t per­form and the fans de­serve bet­ter af­ter pay­ing good money.”


TT Steven


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