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Smith salutes revamped Stevenage

26 August 2012

Stevenage boss Gary Smith hailed his new-look side after they maintained their unbeaten start in League One with a 1-0 victory at Oldham.

Lucas Akins' first-half penalty settled matters, with a header from Latics centre-half James Tarkowski falling short of goalkeeper Alex Cisak, who brought down Marcus Haber.

Smith, who has brought in 11 new players this summer, is happy with the way they have knitted together after the Boundary Park victory made it seven points from a possible nine.

"Winning anywhere at this time of the year is a positive and a confidence boost for the team," he said. "To do so away, as we have done twice in the space of four days, is a real shot in the arm.

"Slowly and surely the group, which has been predominantly put together in the summer, is starting to show some very good signs.

"We have started decently but nobody is getting excited in our changing room as we still have an awful lot to do with a small squad, which I am hoping to add to if the right players become available."

Oldham, who were booed from the field by their spectators for the second successive match, have collected only one point from their first three matches.

And manager Paul Dickov was unhappy with his side's first-half display.

"Probably the only positive was that we went out and had a go in the second half," he said. "The players should have a go in every game from the first whistle, but in the first half we were too slow on the ball, we didn't stretch Stevenage and didn't get the ball to Robbie Simpson up front."

Dickov was less than impressed with the defensive error which led to his side conceding the matchwinning spot-kick but the Latics boss was also unhappy with the officiating, adding: "I thought there were two definite stonewall penalties for fouls on Matt Smith and Robbie Simpson."

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