Darren Sarll hails Stevenage’s character after their victory over Cheltenham

League 2

Stevenage manager Darren Sarll was delighted with how his side responded to falling behind early as they roared back to hammer Cheltenham 4-1.

The Boro have now scored nine goals in their last two home games in League Two but few would have predicted them running out such handsome winners when they went behind after two minutes.
Sarll said: “I thought we had to graft our way and dig our way out of that and show a lot of character.
“I’ve always said that our lads always respond and they’ve responded terrifically today.
“As a supporter, that’s what you come to see – you come to see a bit of blood and thunder but you also come to see goals.
“The fourth goal by Tom Pett is a wonderful finish and I thought the front four, all afternoon, were a real handful.
“I actually thought they were our best defenders, our best midfielders and our best forwards in the first half, they really were terrific.
“The rest of the team then grew after our discussions at half-time, which I thought was really important.
“They’ve gone 1-0 down through a mistake and, like proper men should do, they’ve got themselves back out of it, got into a winning position and pushed on.”
Cheltenham were ahead after just 90 seconds when Mohamed Eisa was allowed to wander his way towards the area before finding the net at the near post.
But Stevenage turned the game around as Matt Godden’s scrambled rebound was followed by Pett beating Robins ‘keeper Scott Flinders to a loose ball before rolling into an empty net.
Danny Newton opened up a two-goal cushion after Cheltenham’s defence failed to close him down before Pett added his second with a precise finish late on.
Cheltenham boss Gary Johnson said: “At 1-0 up, for 15 minutes it was a good start, then we just got progressively worse after that.
“Once they got their goal they were very clever at breaking the game up and we weren’t very clever trying to get the game going again.
“The quality on the day was poor. We did get chances, but they deserved it on the day for fighting their way back. We were a poor team.
“It was very, very poor team defending. We picked the wrong options and it cost us four goals.
“I’m going to take a couple of days just thinking what we need to do.
“Today was a little test for everyone and I’ve got to decide who we take into the second half of the season and who we don’t.
“There are a few more after today who are don’ts. Some of them haven’t done themselves any favours.”