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Stevenage boss Graham Westley: Only the start for Ben Kennedy

16 February 2015

Boss Graham Westley urged young forward Ben Kennedy to keep his feet on the ground following his double in Stevenage's 3-1 win at Hartlepool United.

Kennedy stole the show in just his third Football League start, netting twice as Boro kept in touch with the teams in the Play-Off places.

His double was timely too, coming after Pools striker Scott Fenwick had cancelled out debutant Dave Martin's opening goal.

But Westley refused to get too carried away, extolling the virtues of continued hard work.

"He caught my eye playing for the youth team in the FA Youth Cup," said Westley. "He played a in a training ground game a couple of weeks ago and got himself a hat-trick.

"He worked hard and earned plenty in the way he played the game. He took his goals very well.

"I've seen enough players over the years make an impact, but it's not what you do when you get your first chance, it's what you do in the next 12 months and three or five years.

"George Boyd was the most exciting talent I've ever had and he was always going to go all the way.

"But it was in the early days, where he worked hard to build on the promise, that made him a Premier League player.

"Ben, like many others that have gone before, can either capitalise on his chance and throw it away.

"I am sure he will work very hard and look to build on what he is doing. He certainly had a second solid start today."

The win also provided a major boost for a Stevenage squad ravaged by injuries.

"It was a banana skin for us," Westley added. "When you play a team that is bottom of the table and fighting for its life, the last thing you need is the amount of injuries and change we had.

"We had lots of players out of position and it wasn't easy. But credit to the players, their work ethic, energy and willingness to stick to the game plan was fantastic."

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