Sarll fury as Boro blow big chance

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Oli Gamp

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

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