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Stevenage captain pays tribute to former boss

Stevenage captain Mark Roberts Credit: ITV News Anglia

Stevenage captain Mark Roberts says their first team players can't look any further than Sunday's League One game at Tranmere following Gary Smith's departure. Roberts will be in temporary charge for the trip to Prenton Park and led training today at the club's new base at Bragbury End.

With former boss Graham Westley one of the names mentioned as a possible replacement for Smith, Roberts says they can't start thinking about what happens in the long term."Ultimately the focus is the next game" Roberts said. "That doesn't change whether I'm in charge or a new manager comes in."

"We are looking at the smaller picture rather than the bigger one. That's just playing, enjoying ourselves, getting the very best out of ourselves and winning every day. And if we have that mentality we won't go wrong."

Roberts paid tribute to Smith who left after 14 months in charge having moved from Major League Soccer in the United States."Last year he took us to the semi-final of the League One play-offs and we were within five minutes of another trip to Wembley."

"We had the Tottenham games in the FA Cup so there are a lot of great memories. We were second in League One earlier this season don't forget. There was big disappointment yesterday after the game at Bury, but that's football. We have to draw a line under that and move on."

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