Poor run’s af­fect­ing skip­per Ron home life

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Luke Baker

STEVE­NAGE head into to­day’s League Two clash with Ex­eter City in poor form and cap­tain Ron­nie Henry is more des­per­ate than most to turn things round af­ter ad­mit­ting the bad run is be­gin­ning to af­fect his per­sonal life.

Boro have lost their last five games in all com­pe­ti­tions, the latest de­feat a 2-1 re­verse against Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge in the John­stone’s Paint Tro­phy on Wed­nes­day.

They head to St James Park to­day try­ing to se­cure a first win since Septem­ber 5 and de­fender Henry ad­mits it’s time they upped their game.

“I am just re­ally dis­ap­pointed at the mo­ment – some­one like my­self, I don’t just go home and switch off,” said Henry.

“I think a lot dur­ing the evening and it af­fects my home life be­cause I love this football club and I love win­ning football games.

“We have got a long time to re­cover from this, it’s not like it is the end of the sea­son. But we need to get this knuck­led down right now, start­ing away at Ex­eter.We need to stop talk­ing about things we should be do­ing, we need to do it.”

Steve­nage have scored just 11 league goals but boss Teddy Sher­ing­ham could give a de­but to new striker Ar­mand Gnan­duil­let – the for­mer Ivory Coast Un­der-20 in­ter­na­tional joined on loan from Ch­ester­field on Fri­day.

Ex­eter will be with­out for­ward Will Hoskins fol­low­ing the back spasm he suf­fered last week, although vet­eran left-back Jamie McAl­lis­ter and midfielder Ryan Har­ley should be avail­able af­ter re­cov­er­ing from ham­string and thigh in­juries re­spec­tively.

The Gre­cians have won just one of their last five matches and af­ter los­ing the Devon derby to Ply­mouth on Tues­day night, striker Tom Ni­chols in­sists things must im­prove to find joy against Steve­nage.

“The les­son we have got to learn is that you have got to play bet­ter than we did on Tues­day,” said Ni­chols. “We have got to raise our game and I’m sure we will do that on Sun­day.”

A se­ries of men­tal health ini­tia­tives will be the fo­cus of the One Game One Com­mu­nity des­ig­nated match.

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