Boro boss still confident

Gary Smith is confident his Stevenage side can turn things around and rekindle their play-off hopes despite defeat to Leyton Orient.

Last Updated: 02/02/13 at 20:42

Gary Smith: Upbeat despite defeat

Gary Smith: Upbeat despite defeat

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Dean Cox's early strike for the visitors means Boro have won just once in six matches.

Smith said: "I thought it was a very tentative start. We've had three weeks off and there were all the signs of a group that hadn't played for a while, which we were certainly hoping wasn't going to happen.

"The players are fully aware of their lack of performance, and it's down to them - and me of course, massively - to make sure there's a big turnaround.

"The goal was sloppy from our point of view. It made things much easier for them, we gave a good response, but there wasn't enough cutting edge in front of their goal.

"We were expecting to regroup at half-time and get out of the traps in the second period but it never happened.

"We got the ball in exciting areas but our choices weren't good enough and our quality was lacking.

"At home we've got to make more of the moments we're getting. We're all very aware how poor our form is at home, it's become an Achilles heel to our season."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

m not sure how good of a manager he is, but from recollection he does a passable Dutch man, for sure, also.

hump3.
Steve McClaren: Only Confusion Reigns...

G

reat games with free flowing atracttive football featuring 4 top teams, showing it is possible to win in the right way entertaining fans at the same time. All the mourinho apologists if you only care about the result why watch the game at all or any game for that matter. It made me laugh how they all turned up on twitter to criticise pep when mourinho couldn't even get this far.

morpheus99
16 Conclusions: Champions League Semi-Finals

I

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

Footer 365

Jimmy Greaves out of intensive care following severe stroke

Former England and Tottenham great Jimmy Greaves is out of intensive care and able to sit up following a severe stroke.

Pep Guardiola says Bayern Munich's 3-0 loss to Barcelona was harsh

Pep Guardiola insists Bayern Munich's first-half tactics against Barcelona worked well and the 3-0 defeat was "harsh".

Gary Neville: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo deserve final showdown

Gary Neville says Lionel Messi is on a new level and deserves to face Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League final.

Mail Box

Who Should Liverpool Sign? Xabi And...

...Dani Alves and Christian Benteke, apparently. They might struggle without Champions League football. We have lots of CL mails as well as Neville talk.

Coutinho Better Than Cazorla And Cesc...

Philippe Coutinho has outperformed Santi Cazorla AND Cesc Fabregas, while Arsenal need no new signings. We also have mails on Olivier Giroud and shopping lists...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company