Stevenage manager Graham Westley said his side deserved their 1-0 win yesterday against Hartlepool.

The Hertfordshire side won their first opening league fixture in nine years when Chris Whelpdale’s volley found the net.

It could have been a lot more but Hartlepool keeper Scott Flinders kept the side in the game with three crucial saves.

“You could feel the buzz around the stadium and the sense that the club is back alive again when the ball hit the net from Whelps,” says Westley, speaking to the club’s website.

“It had been a frustrating afternoon, we had a lot of chances and the goalkeeper pulled some unbelievable saves off.”

The 46-year-old says his side has remained positive despite suffering relegation last season from League One.

“After last season you could have that sense of negativity about it, that it’s not going be our day again, because we had too many of them. But the boys were tremendous, their workrate, their desire, their sense of ambition that they played with. They got the points that they deserved.”

Next up for Stevenage is a League Cup game against Watford on Tuesday night.


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