Stevenage manager Graham Westley was delighted after his side’s recent 2-2 draw with West Ham.

Two late goals from The Hammers denied Stevenage their second pre-season win but Westley believes Stevenage showed positive sides as they prepare for League 2.

Westley is pleased with recent progress

The Boro manager told The Advertiser: “There were some encouraging signs. I thought both clubs played the game in a different way. They played two elevens and we tried to push a lot of lads through the best part of 90 minutes. There was inevitably going to be a physical factor coming into it late on.

“We were strong and organised in defence, we were positive going forward, there was sensible organisation about our attacking play. We looked dangerous and could have had more than the two that we got. I think plenty to be encouraged about.”

Westley had nine new players that featured in the friendly but it was Simon Walton who caught the manager’s attention.

“I’ve said to the boys just now that I don’t tend to blow smoke at anybody but I certainly had to acknowledge his performance today, Simon Walton,” he said. “I thought he was outstanding.

“His energy, he’s covered the ground for 90 minutes. His desire, his voice, his leadership, his command of the game, his ability on the ball whether it be at a set-play or open play, his decision making – he’s a class act, we know that.”

Stevenage will play Millwall this Saturday in what will be a tough game for the Hertfordshire club.


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