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Graham Westley wants Stevenage to embrace pressure against Southend United

14 May 2015

Stevenage manager Graham Westley wants his team to embrace the pressure as they travel to Southend United in the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off semi-final second leg on Thursday night.

A 1-1 first-leg draw on Sunday leaves the tie in the balance ahead of the clash at Roots Hall, and Westley is confident that the attitude of his team can give them a boost with a place in the final at stake.

“There are teams that look at a finish line and are drawn to it and there are teams that look at a finish line and are daunted by it,” he told the official Stevenage website.

“I have got a feeling what we will be a side that is drawn to the finish line. It is in our nature, it is in our make-up and you can definitely feel the confidence and the authority within the squad growing.

“These are great games to go and be a party of, great games to test yourself in and great games to succeed in.”

If Stevenage are to reach their second play-off final in four years, they will have overcome a Southend side who gave them a tough test at the Lamex Stadium in the first leg. Westley, however, hopes his players can learn the lessons from the last encounter.

“We have had a long hard look at ourselves from the first leg. We were disappointed with what we did, we know we have got more in us and we know that our level wasn’t good enough.

“The collective mentality and the collective spirit is one of focus on the job that needs to be done. There is a strong sense of belief in us.”

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