Sarll fury as Boro blow big chance
STEVENAGE boss Darren Sarll admitted his side were well deserving of this hammering as they missed out on a chance to secure a Sky Bet League Two play-off spot.
Boro looked sluggish throughout and had their chances of a topseven finish quashed thanks to Billy Kee’s brace and a Seamus Conneely penalty.
“We were well beaten, there are absolutely no qualms from me,” said Sarll. “You have got to hold your hands up at times and be the bigger man, but we’re unbelievably disappointed.
“Everyone is down about the performance and the way we’ve left the Lamex today.
“We have got to look at it and say, ‘The league table never lies’. Next year we will try and be one of the top seven best sides. We’ve made Stevenage competitive again.
“We’ve got to build those foundations over the summer now. We know a better start is at the forefront of our thoughts for next season.”
Top scorer Matt Godden had the first sniff of goal when he rifled just wide inside the area, but Stanley almost shocked the hosts minutes later when Conneely had a shot cleared off the line.
With the home side urgently needing a goal to prolong their play-off hopes, Conor Ogilvie let fly from 30 yards and Marek Rodak initially spilled the shot but claimed at the second attempt.
It was Stanley who looked the side in play-off contention and their spell of dominance continued with Jamie Jones denying Sean McConville from an angle.
With 20 minutes to go, Accrington were given a golden chance to spoil the day when Seamus McCarten was felled in the area. Kee stepped up and cooly sent Jones the wrong way. Boro rallied and Rodak tipped away a Matt Godden header that was destined for the top corner.
But Accrington made sure it was a day to forget for the home side as a swift counter attack saw the impressive McCarten square for Kee to bury his second.
The away support were jubilant when their team notched a stunning third as Conneely converted a second spot-kick.
Stanley manager John Coleman reckons his side are underrated and is already targeting a promotion push for next season.
“We’ve got to look forward, and we’ll have a good chance of getting promoted,” he said.
“The way we play is easy on the eye. We’ve stuck to our guns because we believe we can be successful.”
STAR MAN SEAMUS MCCARTHEN Accrington