Fal­ter­ing Boro miss God­den, says Sarll

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles

STEVE­NAGE boss Dar­ren Sarll claims his side badly needed in­jured striker Matt God­den as their play-off hopes suf­fered a huge blow with a draw at strug­gling Yeovil.

The Glovers se­cured the pre­cious point they needed to be safe from rel­e­ga­tion, but in the process could have scup­pered Boro’s pro­mo­tion chances, knock­ing their op­po­nents out of the top seven.

The home side went ahead at the end of the first half when Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro con­verted a cross from Otis Khan.

And although Steve­nage quickly lev­elled after the break when Josh McQuoid net­ted from a cor­ner, the ab­sence of top scorer God­den proved costly.

Sarll said: “We were the bet­ter team. We passed the ball well and for me we were by far the bet­ter side.

“But we’ve just come up a lit­tle bit short to­wards the end of the sea­son for the rea­sons that ev­ery­one knows about.

“When you need a goal you want to be able to call on and rely on your top scorer and un­for­tu­nately Matt is out in­jured.

“He’s the best one out there at this level and his ab­sence has just left us a lit­tle short through luck or mis­for­tune.”

Yeovil en­sured they would avoid rel­e­ga­tion with a game to spare, but boss Dar­ren Way ac­knowl­edged that im­prove­ment is needed.

He said: “It’s a good feel­ing to get over the fin­ish­ing line and con­firm we are stay­ing up. There was an el­e­ment of doubt with­out it be­ing math­e­mat­i­cally se­cured but it’s done.

“Now the chal­lenge is to im­prove for next sea­son and erad­i­cate the mis­takes we have made this year to take the club for­ward.

“We got off to a good start this sea­son and couldn’t main­tain it. We need to start well next sea­son and keep it go­ing.

“We want more and the play­ers want more. The play­ers never gave up and we’ve bat­tled un­til the end.”

Steve­nage dom­i­nated the early stages, with re­called winger Ben Kennedy lead­ing the charge for the vis­i­tors.

But just be­fore half­time the hosts went ahead after im­pres­sive work from Khan on the left wing as he sent over a lofted cross which fell for Akpa Akpro to vol­ley past Jamie Jones from 12 yards.

Steve­nage piled for­ward in search of a lev­eller after the break and were re­warded when McQuoid fired in from a Steven Schu­macher cor­ner.

But de­spite end­ing the game with four up front, Boro were un­able to find the win­ner they needed.


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