Date: 11th December 2013 at 9:34pm
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Midfielder Dean Parrett has admitted that Stevenage just weren’t at our best in last night’s JPT loss to Swindon Town.

Speaking to the Official Site Parrett admitted that he felt the side were better in the second half as we gave them less respect in the second 45 minutes, we got in their faces more and we started to stamp our authority on the game better instead of letting them dictate play as they had been doing.

‘With a team like this they just want to get on the ball and pass, you can’t let them do it. We showed them too much respect in the first half, everyone wants to get to Wembley but now we’ve got to focus on the league and getting further up the table.’

There is of course the FA Cup against Doncaster and if we are on it, we can more than make a game of it and maybe cause a bit of a shock, but we will have to be better than the last two performances for sure.

As for Ben Chorley, he’s also been speaking to the official site having spent eight months out injured, but now finally having made his 90 minute return against Swindon, he’s looking forward to kicking on now and getting a regular place back.

It wasn’t a single injury for Chorley that kept him out so long, it’s been one thing after another for the centre half with a number of niggly injuries popping up every time he felt close to a return.

‘It’s something that I’ve never been through before, I’ve never had an operation, never really had an injury so it’s been tough, but touch wood I’m through the other side now and I’ve got a light at the end of the window.’

Chorley said he believes he’s quite strong mentally and with all the hits he’s taken over the last few months he’s needed to be, as although he didn’t doubt himself and didn’t believe this was it for his playing career, he did have some tough moments especially when it came to thinking he was close to a return before then suffering another setback.

‘It just felt like it was one after the other. I only had one injury, my thigh, and once I came back that let me down. Then you get these little niggles, calf strains, a thigh strain, groin strain and it’s never ending. You think ‘how can I do any more rehab than what I’m doing?”

What he has been doing though is targeted fitness work now to work on muscle groups that he admits have been ignored in general training throughout the rest of his career, but such are the advances in training techniques now that he had to step back from what he thought he should be doing, listen to the specialists and have more of a rounded approach to strengthening his core to return properly rather than focusing purely on the obvious muscles groups that you use during a game.

‘You just drift in and out of training sessions to games and there’s specific muscles you don’t really work on, deep in your core and groin. Maybe that came back to haunt me? For someone coming up now I’d definitely tell them that the core and the new medical side is massive.’

Clearly delighted with his full return in our recent game against Swindon he did admit one regret, his missed penalty, but he didn’t regret his decision to take one and he doesn’t know if tiredness played it’s part but it just didn’t come off for him. His focus now though is taking the positives from the game and building on them.