07:47 Thursday 03 April 2014  Written by ALAN SCOTT

'Beggar' Westley's debt to Swansea and QPR for loan stars sparking Stevenage's survival quest

01/04/14 Stevenage v Wolverhampton Wanderers Curtis Obeng, far right Picture by Dave Harwood 01/04/14 Stevenage v Wolverhampton Wanderers Curtis Obeng, far right Picture by Dave Harwood

STEVENAGE boss Graham Westley knows if his side manages to avoid falling through the relegation trapdoor this season, it will be thanks partly to the likes of Swansea City and QPR, who have loaned key players to the Hertfordshire club at important stages of the season.

After a miserable start to the campaign, Boro were lifted by the arrival of midfielder Michael Doughty, whose creativity and invention have seen him become an integral part of the manager’s first team plans.

But it was the arrival of 25-year-old right-back Curtis Obeng from Swansea in February, which has helped spark Stevenage’s revival which has seen the side climb off the bottom off the back of a run of just two defeats in their last 10 games.

Obeng was in the same Manchester City youth team which won the Nike World Cup final alongside England star Daniel Sturridge.

He excelled against Wolves on Tuesday, and has consistently shown over the last seven weeks that he should be playing at a higher level.

Getting a player of his experience was a huge bonus for Westley, and he has helped solidify the back four alongside another new signing, former France U-21 centre-half Bira Dembele.

Westley knows the loan market is a gamble but it has paid off for him.

He said: “I felt like a beggar rather than a manager at times because I’ve been trying to get players on loan from clubs, having to bide my time because when you are getting lads on that basis it is rare that you are getting good quality players.

“I have been fortunate to bide my time and in the end get some really important help. We are starting to play League One football at last. Not necessarily top-of-the-table League One football but League One football.

“That’s enough to keep you unbeaten and that’s enough to win you some points.”

Westley now hopes that his acquisition of three more loanees: midfielder Conor Henderson (from Hull), defender Tom Flanagan (from MK Dons) and striker Anderson Banvo (from Blackpool) can spark his side even further as they look to climb away from the drop zone.

These are all youngsters so they represent more of a gamble by the Boro boss.

Westley remains supremely confident of avoiding the drop and knows his side need three points at fellow strugglers Shrewsbury Town this Saturday.

“If we can get something from these next six games we can expect to have a strong finish,” he added.

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