Sarll has ques­tions an­swered by Boro

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Liam Wood

STEVE­NAGE man­ager Dar­ren Sarll ad­mit­ted he got the an­swers he was look­ing for from his side, af­ter ask­ing some pre-match ques­tions be­fore the visit of Grimsby Town.

Goals from Steven Schu­macher and Jobi McAnuff were enough to set­tle the match at Broad­hall Way, as Boro earned a first win in three League Two games.

Sarll said: “There was a lot of pres­sure on us and we built up that pres­sure dur­ing the week.

“We did that be­cause, when we played Grimsby ear­lier in the sea­son, they to­tally out­played us and our per­for­mance last week wasn’t up to scratch.

“We ramped it up on the play­ers. We made a few changes and carried out our strat­egy from start to fin­ish. I’m pleased with the play­ers.

“For me, this is the great thing about our se­nior play­ers. We poked a few of them a lit­tle this week, and Steven (Schu­macher) was one of the ones I wanted to poke.

“And he cer­tainly gave me the an­swers I was look­ing for.”

Once the ac­tion be­gun, Scott Ver­non took a tum­ble in­side the open­ing minute, but his ap­peals for a penalty were quickly waved away.

And at the other end, Steve­nage were cel­e­brat­ing a spec­tac­u­lar opener shortly af­ter.

Schu­macher placed the ball 30 yards out, and even Manch­ester United loa­nee Dean Hen­der­son was pow­er­less to stop his swerv­ing free-kick from find­ing the top cor­ner.

Chances were few and far be­tween for the rest of the open­ing 45 min­utes, although Steve­nage’s Matt God­den fired high and wide when well-placed.

Upon the restart, Bran­don Com­ley dragged wide for the vis­i­tors, who rolled the dice with a num­ber of at­tack­ing sub­sti­tu­tions.

How­ever, the game was then put to bed on 62 min­utes when McAnuff took full ad­van­tage of a mix up be­tween Hen­der­son and Zak Mills, to the dis­plea­sure of Grimsby boss Mar­cus Big­not.

“It’s just the level we are at right now,” he said. “If you take the two goals out of the equa­tion, even though we were frus­trated, nei­ther keeper had to make a save.

“For me it was the ba­sics. I’m a big be­liever in do­ing the ba­sics well, es­pe­cially off the ball. Once again there was great ex­e­cu­tion for their open­ing goal, but for me it was the lead up to that free-kick that was frus­trat­ing.

“And then the sec­ond goal was pure com­edy, but I cer­tainly wasn’t laugh­ing.”

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