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Graham Westley - Stevenage are on the up

2 April 2014

Stevenage manager Graham Westley feels his side do not resemble one struggling at the bottom after they lifted themselves off the foot of Sky Bet League 1 with a battling 0-0 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The visitors and league leaders came into this match as big favourites but came up against a fired-up home side who created just as many chances as their more illustrious opponents.

Both goalkeepers came away with credit from a match that leaves Stevenage one point off safety and Wolves still on course for promotion back to the Championship.

Westley said: "You want to win your home games and not spill too many points but Wolves are a top side.

"They're champions-elect, they're in good form, they've not been conceding too many goals while scoring aplenty.

"It was always going to be a game that people probably think was there for them to win rather than us but I thought the lads shown what I've been saying.

"That is that in 2014 since we brought one or two in, we haven't been a bottom side.

"We're bottom because of the start we had to the season and we've been a mid-table side in our results recently as we're unbeaten in eight of our last 10.

"The side's growing, developing and improving all the time and I thought that was a strong performance.

"I thought it was an entertaining game and it was one that either side could have won, although we had the better chances."

After Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme had prevented a Kevin McDonald own-goal in the first half, he did well to tip a powerful effort by Jimmy Smith over.

His opposite number Chris Day then shone as he denied both Leon Clarke and Michael Jacobs with great saves in the final 20 minutes.

Wolves boss Kenny Jackett said: "I thought the first half was pretty even and in the second half we had the better of it.

"We had some big chances and obviously didn't put them away but really that was all the second half lacked.

"It's a tough place to come with the high energy levels from Stevenage and looking at the bigger picture I'm not disappointed with a point because in the position we're in every point is a good one.

"That was our game in hand on third place and that extends the gap to 11 points with six games to go so the overall position is very good.

"In terms of our performance, we want to get our full energy and sparkle back for Saturday to do well against Peterborough.

"Stevenage had a very high motivation level and we just couldn't find the goal or goals that we needed in the second half ."

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