Boro dare to dream as streak goes on
STEVENAGE manager Darren Sarll has got used to having a beaming smile on his face post-match after his players maintained their superb recent run with a comprehensive win over Notts County.
The Boro only moved into a play-off spot in midweek, but they’re now thinking of an automatic promotion push after they went within three points of Carlisle following their seventh win in eight games.
Their performance ensured their opponents were brought down to earth with a bump, following County’s excellent win at Plymouth on Tuesday, and confidence seems to be coursing through them.
Sarll said: “It’s becoming a lovely habit, on a Saturday at five o’clock, to come out nice and relaxed and feeling very positive about our football club and what we’re doing here.
“I thought it was a really good performance and a very satisfying win.
“They’re in that place at the moment where they can see what we’re doing is bringing a lot of success and joy to their weekend.
“We’ve just got to keep doing our job and making sure we keep playing well and Luton next week is a huge fixture for the mere reason it’s Luton.”
Stevenage led in just the third minute after a corner was taken short to Steven Schumacher, whose cross gave Matt Godden the simple task of heading into the top corner.
Veteran keeper Chris Day, in the side due to Jamie Jones’ suspension, maintained their lead by first sharply saving Shola Ameobi’s header then Jon Stead’s rebound.
The Boro doubled their advantage on the hour as Godden flicked on a long ball into the path of captain Jack King, who finished calmly into the bottom corner.
Two minutes later, the match was finished as a contest as the impressive Ben Kennedy played Godden through and Stevenage’s top scorer racked up his 20th goal of the season. Notts County boss Kevin Nolan said: “We couldn’t really get hold of the game – we started very sloppily and got punished for it.
“The lads knew what to expect here because Stevenage are on a fantastic run and you can see why.
“They do the right things at the right time, kept the ball really well when they needed to, keeping it in the right areas – everything that we have been doing over the last five games.
“It just seemed to go out the window and that’s the reason why we’re on the end of a disappointing result.”