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Two steps forward, one step back

22 October 2013

By Tony Leighton

Stevenage will head to Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday evening aiming to kick-start their so far disappointing Sky Bet League 1 season - and Portuguese winger Filipe Morais cannot wait to step out on to the Gresty Road pitch.

Former Portugal Under-21 international Morais, who started the season with goals in each of Stevenage's first two matches, has forced his way back into the starting line-up and is determined to help his team climb clear of the drop zone.

Their fortunes seemed to be turning when, after four successive defeats, they beat Milton Keynes Dons 2-1 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and then Brentford by the same score in League 1 - only to lose at Walsall, also 2-1, on Saturday.

As he looked ahead to the trip to 16th in the table Crewe, Morais told "It's brilliant when you have a Tuesday night match after a Saturday defeat, because it gives you a very quick chance to put things right.

"We seemed to have done that with big wins against good teams in MK Dons and Brentford. We came from behind to win both games, which showed our battling qualities as well as our ability, and they were huge steps in the right direction.

"Unfortunately we went behind again at Walsall and couldn't come back this time, but we have to put that behind us to go out to beat a decent Crewe side with a lot of talented young players who will give us a tough test."

Stevenage are not only trying to get their season on track but also to revive the glory days which they enjoyed in recent years. They climbed from non-league to League 1 in successive seasons and then reached the Play-Offs in 2012.

Last season was the first time in a decade they were not battling for promotion, finishing 18th in the table with Graham Westley - who had led them to each of their promotions - returning as manager shortly before the end of the campaign.

Supporters of the Broadhall Way club were expectantly hoping to see promotion on the agenda again with Westley back in charge, but with only two wins and eight points from 12 league games the signs to date have not been encouraging.

But ex-Millwall and Oldham Athletic winger Morais, who also spent three seasons in the Scottish Premier League, insisted: "We've got a strong squad and we can definitely get ourselves up to the right end of the table."

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