Faltering Boro miss Godden, says Sarll
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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