Date: 30th October 2015 at 5:35pm
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Manager Teddy Sheringham has said that Oxford United this weekend is a massive game for Stevenage.

Speaking to the Official Site with Northampton disappointment behind us following the last game, Sheringham described this as a massive clash for us and he remained confident of a positive result given the improvements we had shown over the past four games.

For him it’s a marked improvement on the last month.

‘You try to put things right. I am sure you could come up with other statistics that we haven`t put right and that would be conceding goals in the second half. We are trying hard to erase things, trying hard to make things better and trying hard to put things right all over the place. It is no good sorting one thing out and not sorting out something else so it is a wicked circle that keeps coming around. We have emphasised again this morning what we have to do to win the game on Saturday and that is doing everything right.’

As for Oxford United more specifically, the gaffer had plenty of praise for their manager Michael Appleton and the job he’s done with them.

‘I have seen Oxford and I have been very impressed with them. I know all about Michael Appleton and what he does with his football teams and I have been very impressed with him. This is a massive game for us and a real test. If we are not on full throttle then we will come un-stuck. Like pretty much every game in League 2 – we have to be at our best to get something out of it.’

Adam Marriott has returned to training this week and got through full sessions again following the knee injury he sustained last January, and Sheringham confirmed having him back in training was a big boost for everyone but of course with such a lengthy lay off he’ll need a few more weeks back on the training pitch before he comes into contention for a first team return.

‘He has only been back a week for proper training but he looks sharp and knows where the goal is. As I said in my programme notes, I am delighted to have him back and around the first team squad. He has been out a very long time so we will have to be very cautious with him. To see him in training out there, scoring a couple of goals the way he has done is very good news for us.’

As for on loan Armand Gnanduillet, his loan deal with us expires after Saturday’s game and the gaffer has been very pleased with his contribution so far.

‘He is exactly what we need for where we were a month ago. Without being fantastic, I think he has come in and given us a real lift. He is a little bit disappointed in his displays which is great news for us as he knows there is more to come and hopefully there will be.’

As for whether we can do a deal to extend his loan spell with us.

‘I certainly hope so.’

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