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Graham Westley: Back for more!

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redvee35's avatar Group redvee35 2018-07-09 17:15
00 149 posts 6 likes joined Aug 04, 2015
Great writing mate. Fingers crossed you can push on up the table
ScottT's avatar Group ScottT 2018-07-11 13:55
gb 1262 posts 172 likes joined Apr 04, 2016
Not the greatest of starts, I must admit; however there is still plenty of time to turn the results around and climb further up the table. A couple of wins on the bounce can make all the difference.
FM-LD's avatar Group FM-LD 2018-07-11 23:56
gb 708 posts 20 likes joined May 19, 2012
@redvee35: Thank you! I hope so too aha!

@ScottT: Yeah not the best of starts, plenty of time to turn it around!

FM-LD's avatar Group FM-LD 2018-07-11 23:57
gb 708 posts 20 likes joined May 19, 2012

Westley: We have not been good enough

After his first three months back in charge of League Two side Stevenage; Graham Westley gave an interview that was posted on the club’s youtube channel. Here are the highlights of what was discussed on certain topics.

Being back at Stevenage
It is great being back at a club that has a special place in my heart; being back at the training ground and the stadium for the first time brought back floods of many happy memories. And that is what is motivating me to great some more”.

His squad
There was a good group of players here when I arrived, we have some fantastic young talent in players like Luke (Amos), Matt (Godden) and Ben (Wilmot); and that blend with some great seasoned pros like Ronnie (Henry), Jack (King) and Chris (Whelpdale) gives us a great blend of young and experience

We brought in a few new faces on loan deals to help boost not only the quality of the squad but also the depth of it too. They’ve settled in well and have put in some good performances so far; their attitude in training has been superb and those young lads are keen to make the most of their loan spells”.

Results so far
Truth be told we have not been good enough. In terms of the goals we set out at the start of the season, we are below par. There have been a number of games where we have been in good positions to get wins and have bottled it”.

Some of it is my fault, it has taken me a while to find my core players and my best eleven but I feel like I know it now. But some of the blame has to go to the players too, some do need to step up to the plate otherwise they won’t be here much longer. Everyone connected with the club is responsible and we all have to do our bit by putting in 100% effort to everything we do”.

Aims for the season
Based on the squad we have, I believe this team is capable of finishing at least in the top half of the table, bare minimum. But if we all stick together, and work hard to reach our potential, then there is no reason why a playoff push isn’t possible”.

The great thing about this league, and football in general is that once you get a win, then you can get two, then three, then four. And then suddenly, you can move up the table very quickly; all we can do is worry about ourselves, and what we do, and how we prepare for our matches to ensure that we get the best outcome”.

ScottT's avatar Group ScottT 2018-07-13 12:23
gb 1262 posts 172 likes joined Apr 04, 2016
Completely agree with Westley’s comments. You have to love this league due to how the tables can turn in an instance.
FM-LD's avatar Group FM-LD 2018-07-13 23:06
gb 708 posts 20 likes joined May 19, 2012
@ScottT: That is very true!

FM-LD's avatar Group FM-LD 2018-07-13 23:15
gb 708 posts 20 likes joined May 19, 2012

November 2017-February 2018

Stevenage 1-0 Exeter City
Islam Feruz

MK Dons 4-2 Stevenage
Dan Newton
Dale Gorman

Stevenage 4-1 Notts County
Dan Newton (x3)
James Weir

Mansfield 1-4 Stevenage
Jerome Sinclair (x2)
Matt Godden (x2)

Stevenage 1-1 Coventry City
Mark McKee

Cambridge United 4-2 Stevenage
Matt Godden
Luke Amos

Shrewsbury Town 3-1 Stevenage
Chris Whelpdale

Stevenage 0-1 Wycombe

Exeter City 2-0 Stevenage

Stevenage 0-2 Chesterfield

Lincoln City 1-0 Stevenage

Crawley Town 1-1 Stevenage
Willem Tomlinson

Stevenage 2-1 Cheltenham Town
Matt Godden (x2)

Stevenage 2-0 Swindon Town
Matt Godden
Joe Martin

Morecambe 2-3 Stevenage
Matt Godden (x2)
Ben Sheaf

Stevenage 4-0 Carlisle United
Joe Willock (x2)
Matt Godden
Ben Kennedy

Chesterfield 1-4 Stevenage
Matt Godden
Joe Willock
Ben Kennedy

Accrington Stanley 2-3 Stevenage
Matt Godden
Joe Willock
Alex Samuel

Stevenage 3-0 Luton Town
Matt Godden (x2)
James Weir

Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Stevenage
Joe Willock

Stevenage 1-0 Yeovil Town
Matt Godden

Notts County 1-3 Stevenage
Matt Godden (x2)
Alex Samuel

League Table

Transfer News
In October, Stevenage formed a partnership with Premier League side Arsenal, which will benefit Stevenage in the respect they will gain an annual fee of approximately £80,000, and any players can join Stevenage on loan from Arsenal with no monthly cost or wage costs.

As a result of this, midfield duo Josh Dasilva and Joe Willock both signed on short term loans at Stevenage, only for them to then be extended in January until the end of the season. They wear the shirt numbers 23 and 35 respectively.

However, Watford loanee Jerome Sinclair had his loan deal terminated in January after a disagreement between player and manager Graham Westley; hence the decision was made for him to return to his parent club.

Stevenage also decided to take up the option in Matt Godden’s contract to trigger a one year extension to his contract. This will see him extend his stay at Broadhall Way until June 2019. Godden has so far scored eighteen league goals.

ScottT's avatar Group ScottT 2018-07-15 17:03
gb 1262 posts 172 likes joined Apr 04, 2016
New year, new Stevenage! Fantastic turnaround at the club and hopefully the sign of things to come. A playoff finish is still very much on the cards.

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