Stevenage manager Graham Westley said his side were ‘off the pace’ as they lost to Watford 1-0 in the Capital One Cup at The Lamex.
A second half goal from new signing Lloyd Dyer secured the victory for the Championship side and a place in the Second round.
The home side almost took a shock lead when Charlie Lee’s strike hit the post from 25 yards out but Watford looked threatening for most of the match.
“We did a lot of running in that first 20-25 minutes just trying to stay in the game and energy levels would have been sapped by the amount of work that we did and certainly in the last 10 minutes when we were looking to press for the equaliser, we were just a little bit off the normal pace we would expect to have,”
said the 46-year-old, speaking to BBC Three Counties Radio. He cocluded,
“But credit to the lads. Five players who were in non-league football last year were playing out in our starting XI and they acquitted themselves very well and showed the potential that they have got. With a little bit of learning, a little bit of detail, a little bit of improved organisation, I think we can expect to go on and build on tonight,”
Next up for Stevenage is a tough League Two fixture away to Southend United.