Boro dare to dream as streak goes on

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Matt Wright

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.”

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