Smith: We will bounce back

Gary Smith has backed his Stevenage side to respond after watching them fall to a third consecutive loss at Walsall.

Last Updated: 01/01/13 at 21:28

Smith: Expects a response

Smith: Expects a response

A magnificent 87th minute strike from Saddlers winger Jamie Paterson settled the contest and left Boro five points shy of the play-offs in 12th position.

Smith said: "I thought the match had 0-0 written all over it. It was a really difficult surface, but playable.

"Other than the strike (Walsall's winner) I thought the game was instantly forgettable. We had the two best chances in the first half, and in the second Greg Tansey had a terrific strike which was deflected wide.

"We have lost three on the spin and I think its the first time that has happened with the group I have.

"Now its not really about looking at the top six or 70 points, it's a matter of getting back on track, but too many guys have had a dip in form.

"We will come again. The first half of the season has been really good, it's just the last month that has seen a dip in our form. We would like to think we can still challenge for the top six."

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