Date: 24th October 2014 at 4:12pm
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Manager Graham Westley has said he feel Stevenage can consider themselves unfortunate in the three two loss to Portsmouth in midweek.

With the game flipping all ways, Stevenage finally ended up on the wrong side of the winning goal and speaking to the Official Site after the game Westley said there were plenty of positives he could take as he feels we were very unlucky not to have come out with at least a point from the game.

‘I said to the boys inside just now, I might regret saying it, but it wasn’t far off our best performance of the season. I think we did a lot right. We looked far more professional, far more organised. It’s a difficult place to come, forget about what form they’re in or what players they have available, they’ve got a lot of experienced, quality players and it’s a very difficult environment to come to.’

Westley goes on to say that the officials he felt had a difficult time staying in charge simply because of the crowd who in those numbers at this level will always win their team a decision or two, so under those circumstances he knows we put in a really good shift.

‘We played intelligently, played with some really good quality at times, scored two terrific goals and another set piece. I think the boys can feel unfortunate.’

Stevenage took the lead before Portsmouth then took the lead themselves and having fought back to level the scores the manager would’ve hoped momentum might have seen us take the lead again but it wasn’t to be unfortunately, and Portsmouth response to us scoring was again strong.

With positives to have taken from the game, staying tight after we score was an obvious lesson he picked out.

‘If there’s something we have to say about ourselves, we haven’t reacted well to scoring in recent games. The mentality that I’ve always instilled is one of ‘go and get that second goal’ and we’ve tended to almost down tools and reduce our work rate and try and settle for what we’ve got. That’s no way to play football because that only invites pressure onto you and it’s a recipe for potential disaster, as we’ve found.’

Moving back to the positives though Westley said he wouldn’t be surprised to see the lads build on that showing this weekend now and because it was a lot better and he feels they can take a lot of confidence from the Fratton Park experience and pushing Portsmouth so close in the game.