Boro boo boys get un­likely sup­porter

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ge­orge Thorpe

DAR­REN SARLL said he was boo­ing with the fans as his Steve­nage side were de­feated by ten-man Ex­eter City.

Vis­it­ing skip­per Jor­dan Moore-Tay­lor was sent off in the first half, but goals from sub­sti­tute Lee Holmes and Ol­lie Watkins earned the Gre­cians three points.

De­spite the nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage, Boro put for­ward a lack­lus­tre per­for­mance, much to the anger of their sup­port­ers and man­ager.

Sarll said: “That’s the worst per­for­mance of my time here and I booed with the crowd. I was with them.

“It has been a hor­ri­ble out­come, be­cause the per­for­mance was so in­fe­rior. It was hor­ri­ble from 3.01 for me. The per­for­mance was be­low stan­dard. To be en­ergy-less is not ac­cept­able and it is not good enough for the view­ing pub­lic and not good enough for me.

“To be in foot­ball is an ab­so­lute priv­i­lege and an in­spir­ing po­si­tion to be in, so to be so en­ergy-less when nearly 2,500 peo­ple pay to watch you play is no ex­cuse.”

Watkins nearly made the most of sloppy de­fend­ing in the first cou­ple of min­utes be­fore Rob­bie Simp­son saw his shot hooked off the line by Fraser Franks.

Then in the 24th minute, Tom Pett raced in on goal from a long pass only to be cyn­i­cally pulled back by Moore Tay­lor just out­side the area, prompt­ing his send­ing off.

This gave Boro an up­per hand, but they strug­gled to carve out chances against stub­born op­po­nents.

And they were made to pay for the lack of cre­ativ­ity with 20 min­utes to go as the de­fence fell asleep and al­lowed Holmes to run in and score.

The vis­i­tors had their tails up and a minute later they moved the ball around the mid­field and set Watkins free to dou­ble the lead.

Ex­eter have now moved out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone and Paul Tis­dale was de­lighted with their at­ti­tude.

“There is no hid­ing from the fact we’ve had a hard five or six weeks, but from the start we put so much ef­fort into this game and we looked the more de­ter­mined side,” he said.

“When Jor­dan got sent off, I just thought, ‘Crikey, that’s the last we need now’. But the play­ers just stuck in and it looked like it re­ally meant some­thing to them.

“It was a big per­for­mance and there are a lot of knack­ered bod­ies and minds, in­clud­ing mine, in that chang­ing room. We just knew we had to get some­thing out of the game and to do it with ten men is bril­liant.”

STAR MAN OL­LIE WATKINS Ex­eter City

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