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Football League Weekly: Stevenage benefit from Sarll’s old school method
Darren Sarll may be the youngest manager in the Football League but some of his views come straight from the old school. The Stevenage manager Ap Lei Chau Prada Factory Outlet made sure his www.pradasg.com players trained “harder and for longer” last week and the result, a 6-1 win over Hartlepool, suggests his traditional methods may just be worthwhile at a club where, for now, survival represents success.
On Saturday Sarll’s team fought back from going a goal behind against a dismal Hartlepool to earn not only their second win of the season but also record their biggest home victory in the league. They have gone one better on the road, Agatha Ruiz Dela Prada Shoes Uk putting half a dozen without reply past Yeovil in April 2012. Cruelly, Hartlepool’s midfielder Michael Woods was on the opposing side at Huish Park too.
And, really, Stevenage could have added a few more. The manner in which Hartlepool threw in the towel midway through the second half should cause their manager, Craig Hignett, much cause for concern but Stevenage’s transformation within the game from anxiety after falling behind, following a defensive calamity, to supreme confidence by the end was quite impressive.
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“August is now history and September is our world,” Sarll wrote in his programme notes. The form guide and early exchanges suggested that was a tad optimistic but by full-time the 33-year-old wore an expression of delight.
Stevenage had endured a dismal week, conceding five at Grimsby before succumbing at Leyton Orient in the EFL Cup. Nobody saw such a winning margin coming. Even Sarll, who is being assisted by Glenn Roeder, seemed quite surprised. “It was a long time coming,” he said before sagely preaching that one big win does not make a season. “This time last Saturday I was in a completely different emotional place.
“We’ve had some real in-depth meetings this week to discuss absolutely everything. But I’ve said to the players let’s not get our heads among the clouds here. Things are still not right, the balance and play is not right. We made necessary tweaks last week, and we will make necessary tweaks this week for next Saturday. But it’s a good way to start September.”
While the results were gravely concerning – a win and a draw from five league games – the final moments of August may be marked as crucial. Deadline day in League Two is aeons away from the billionaire boys club of the Premier League. Sarll spent the final moments of the window trying everything to bolster his squad and on this evidence, the loan signing of Tyler Walker from Nottingham Forest looks like a fantastic piece of work.
Walker, a rapid and lean striker recently hampered by injuries, scored twice and could have had a hat-trick if Michael Tonge had not demanded to take a penalty in the 69th Authentic Prada Bag For Sale Philippines minute. The teenager’s body language as the veteran midfielder dispatched low to the left of the unfortunate Adam Bartlett said plenty about his disappointment, although he did make certain to congratulate Tonge for his goal. He also missed a one-on-one two Barberino Factory Outlet Prada minutes later, before being substituted to a standing ovation.
The 19-year-old’s first, to put Stevenage in front a minute before the interval, after Tom Pett equalised on the counter, was a wonderful overhead kick and his second, making it 4-1, was executed with notable confidence. “Long may it continue,” Sarll said.
Dean Wells and Matt Godden scored the others, and it will be of little consolation to Bartlett that without him Stevenage could have racked up double figures.
Boro’s other debutant, Kgosi Ntlhe, acquitted himself well at left-back, though was fortunate to remain on the pitch after a nasty tackle on Jordan Richards 11 minutes before half-time, sliding in high after losing control of possession. He escaped with a yellow card from the referee, John Busby, a recent promotion from the National League where his record suggested a penchant for flashing red.
Sarll was impressed by the 22-year-old South African, signed from Peterborough hours before the deadline. “I was delighted to get him in because since [Scott] Laird was here [in 2012] we haven’t had a top quality left-back, but on the whole he knows more hard work is to come,” he said.
“It has taken us a while to learn and evolve but today was a clear indication that we are trying to get better,” the manager Are All Prada Products Made In Italy added.
They may not achieve a more convincing win all season but if Stevenage can continue to attack with such verve, staying in the league should be no problem.• The Hartlepool manager, Craig Hignett, could not hold back on his team’s shortcomings in Hertfordshire, though his players were not shying away from the embarrassment by Authentic Prada Shoes For Sale apologetically applauding the Authentic Prada Shoes For Sale disgruntled travelling supporters at full-time. Several made their feelings known at the end – and they had a right to after a 450-mile round trip. “It was painful to watch,” said Hignett. “But what can I say after that, it was embarrassing, I’m struggling to find the words to sum it up.” Embarrassing was his word of the day – adding that the “schoolboy” manner in which they defended for every goal left them repeatedly red-faced.
• In League One the result of the weekend was AFC Wimbledon’s first in the division, coming against Chesterfield thanks to Dom Poleon’s 91st-minute winner. And that was probably made all the sweeter by MK Dons falling apart against their local rivals Northampton in startling fashion early-on, though they did fight back to make it 3-2. Yet perhaps the most startling statistic of the weekend is that Northampton, last season’s runaway League 2 champions, are now unbeaten in 30 league games.
• With 25 minutes to go at Priestfield on Sunday, the former Northampton manager, Chris Wilder, may have been pondering if his departure from Sixfields at the end of last season was the right call, but Sheffield United came from a goal down to beat Gillingham, thanks to a last-minute penalty, and ensure they are not in the relegation Authentic Prada Handbags Outlet Uk places. But what is the minimum Blades fans will accept in May? It should be a play-off place at the very least.
• Luton not only lead the way in League Two but they are also the highest scorers in the Football League with 14. A lot of that is down to Danny Hylton, whose hat-trick went a long way to beating Wycombe on Saturday. He has five from six and had big plans for celebrating afterwards. “I’ll go back to three kids, my wife’s going out. It will probably be playing Nerf guns or something and then fall asleep about nine o’clock.”
• The deluge that descended upon Rodney Parade on Saturday, forcing Newport’s game with Barnet to be abandoned after 45 minutes with the visitors leading 1-0, brings to mind other early-season Authentic Prada Purses Sale waterlogged pitch fiascos. From recent memory, Charlton had a home game against Doncaster in the Championship postponed on 24 August 2013 Authentic Prada Outlet Uk – with the away team livid because they led 3-0. But what has been the earliest abandonment due to the weather (in a season, not minutes)? Answers by post, or, er, below the line.