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Every Point Is Valuable


10:49 2nd April 2014

Stearman reflects on Stevenage

Richard Stearman today insisted “every point is valuable” after Wolves emerged from Stevenage with a hard-earned draw.

Stearman was part of a Wolves defence which chalked up a 22nd Sky Bet League One clean sheet of the season at the Lamex Arena, taking the season’s points tally to 87 from 40 games.

Both sides went close to finding a winner particularly in the second half but both goalkeepers refused to be beaten on what was a lively encounter.

“Everyone is running out of games to catch us and so every point is valuable,” said Stearman.

“Fair play to Stevenage, they really put a shift in.

“I thought we matched that and maybe could have nicked it with a few good chances in the second half.

“They came at us and that sometimes suits us as we can try and pick them off.

“They worked really hard and had a couple of good chances themselves.

“We try and do our job at the back and provide the ball for the boys up top to do their thing.

“We are not too disappointed, it’s a good point and we’ve not lost any ground with Brentford drawing as well tonight.

“And it’s another clean sheet.

“Touch wood we’ve managed to stay relatively unscathed although we have lost Matt Doherty who has been a good player for us this season.

“There has been a lot of games through March and the gaffer had said it would be a very big ask to have the same 11 playing every game.

“We have had to rotate the squad but the back five has remained largely the same.

“The stats don’t lie – we have amassed a lot of clean sheets and our goals against record stands up against anyone else in the country.”

Stearman admitted the early loss of James Henry to a groin injury was a blow but believes Wolves managed to adapt and change style to suit the personnel.

He said:  “We play with a fluid front line anyway.

“James has been a massive player for us recently and I think he goes under the radar with how well he has done.

“To lose him so early was a big loss but it shows our strength in depth that we can bring someone like Nouha off the bench and he did well.”

And with six games left, the experienced defender says there can be no let-up until the job is completed.

“It’s the old cliché that until we are mathematically there we are not going to let up,” he said.

“People may have thought after the MK Dons game that it was done and dusted with the euphoria and how good the atmosphere was.

“We showed again last night that we determined to amass as many points as we can.

“Until it is mathematically done we are hopefully going to keep putting points on the board.”

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