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Expectations on rise at Stevenage

19 August 2012

Stevenage boss Gary Smith insists the expectation to deliver success at Broadhall Way has drastically increased after Boro opened the new season with a 1-1 draw against Carlisle.

Only a late Robin Shroot equaliser, courtesy of a spill from Cumbrians' goalkeeper Adam Collin, ensured Stevenage, who reached the play-offs last year, had something to show from their first game.

Matty Robson had given Carlisle the lead with his second goal in as many games.

"The expectations have begun to build around the place but we didn't quite find our fluency. I think it's probably the old adage - if you can't win, don't get beaten," Smith said.

"We certainly found it difficult to reproduce the sort of form and quality that we expect. I thought we showed good character to get back into the game and finish on a bright note.

"But the goal was hugely disappointing as, after the first few minutes in which they started the brighter, it was a very competitive game with very few sights at goal.

"The disappointment for us was that we didn't carve out enough clear-cut opportunities. The fluent play that we've seen all pre-season was missing. Choices and quality on the ball lacked precision.

"This is going to be a real process for us. The fans rightly expect an awful lot of the players, we expect a lot of ourselves, and we now look forward to remedying that."

Carlisle boss Greg Abbott believes former Everton striker Danny Cadamarteri will have a big role to play this season after he came off the bench to set up Robson.

"I thought Danny's half-an-hour was absolutely excellent. If we can keep him fit and he continues to show the pace and power that he possesses then he's going to be a handful," he said.

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