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Opposition profile: Stevenage

6 December 2021

As we get ready to visit the Lamex Stadium for our latest league fixture this Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off), we take a look at Stevenage's season to date.

CURRENT POSITION

The hosts enter the match sitting 21st in the League Two table following four wins, six draws and eight losses. They are four points above the Iron who could move just one behind them with a first away win of the season.

Most recently in the league, Storm Arwen caused the postponement of their away game with Tranmere Rovers for safety reasons at Prenton Park.

Prior to then, their last league encounter came on November 23rd.

LAST TIME OUT IN THE LEAGUE

Elliott List twice fired Stevenage level as they earned a point in a 2-2 draw at Rochdale.

The home side were ahead just five minutes in, Liam Kelly's corner nodded into the mix by Corey O'Keeffe and turned home by frontman Jake Beesley.

Having been under the cosh for the opening 25 minutes, the visitors levelled when Kelly lost the ball just inside in his own half and Elliot Osborne sent List sprinting towards goal. He slammed a decisive finish wide of keeper Jay Lynch.

Dale regained the lead in the 35th minute when O'Keeffe curled a delivery round the back of the retreating defence and Josh Andrews poked the ball against the foot of the post before scrambling it over the line from close range.

Stevenage equalised again in the 47th minute when Jake Reeves sent List clear and he took the ball round Lynch before stroking it into the unguarded goal.

Boro goalkeeper Adam Smith saved well to keep out Andrews' header while O'Keeffe fired a glorious chance wide from eight yards.



THE MANAGER

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Last week, Stevenage confirmed Paul Tisdale's appointment as first team manager following the exit of Alex Revell a fortnight earlier.

Tisdale has managed a total of 717 games for professional clubs, including 12 years as manager of Exeter City where he managed the team to promotion to the EFL and promotion to League One, as well as the League Two Play Off finals in 2017 and 2018.

In June 2018, he was appointed manager of MK Dons, where he won promotion to League One in his first season, before departing the following season.

A short stay as manager of Bristol Rovers began in November 2020 and ended in February 2021. Subsequently, Tisdale joined Colchester United in an advisory role in April 2021 and played a significant part in a revival that saw Colchester finish comfortably safe in League Two.

Chairman Phil Wallace said, “We needed to bring EFL experience and a fresh start into our Club, so Paul fits that perfectly. He had an impressive twelve years at Exeter and was recognised as one of the brightest managers in the game, so his move to MK Dons and a promotion in his first season was not a surprise.

"He has developed a long line of talented players at Exeter that have moved up to higher levels. We have got a good squad of players and we are looking forward to Paul creating a winning environment. We have funds available to strengthen in January if Paul feels we need to do that."

TOP SCORER

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Elliott List is this season's leading marksman with 11 goals to his name. He joined Stevenage in 2019, signing from League One side Gillingham.

The forward started his youth career at Crystal Palace, before joining the Gills in 2015.

Initially, List was loaned out to Braintree Town in 2015 and then went on to make 85 appearances for the Priestfield side, scoring seven goals, notably netting the only goal in a 1–0 victory over then-Premier League Cardiff City in the FA Cup third round.

THE EVER-PRESENT

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Right-back Luther Wildin has started all 18 league games this term.

He signed from non-league Nuneaton Town in 2018, with this season his third at the club.

Wildin has also represented his country at senior level during his time at the club, playing for Antigua and Barbuda twice.

THE SQUAD

NO NAME POSITION AGE PREVIOUS CLUB LG APPS (GOALS)
1 Joseph Anang GK 21 West Ham United (loan) 12 (0)
2 Luther Wildin DF 24 Nuneaton 18 (0)
3 Ben Coker DF 32 Lincoln 17 (1)
4 Jake Reeves MF 28 Notts Co 17 (1)
5 Scott Cuthbert DF 34 Luton 15 (1)
6 Luke Prosser DF 33 Colchester 8 (0)
7 Elliott List FW 24 Gillingham 17 (8)
8 Jake Taylor MF 30 Exeter 16 (0)
9 Luke Norris FW 28 Colchester 17 (2)
10 Charlie Carter MF 25 Chesterfield 3 (0)
11 Elliot Osborne MF 25 Stockport 12 (0)
12 Bruno Andrade FW 28 Salford 13 (0)
13 Sacha Bastien GK 26 Gillingham 1 (0)
14 Chris Lines MF 36 Northampton 10 (1)
15 Terence Vancooten DF 23 Reading 15 (0)
17 James Daly FW 21 Bristol R 6 (0)
19 Arthur Read MF 22 Brentford 4 (0)
20 Jamie Reid FW 27 Mansfield 16 (1)
22 Max Melbourne DF 23 Lincoln (loan) 7 (0)
23 Jack Smith MF 20 None 3 (0)
24 Ross Marshall DF 22 Maidstone 5 (0)
25 Mackye Townsend-West DF 18 None 0 (0)
27 Bradley Barry DF 26 Barrow 8 (0)
41 Adam Smith GK 29 Forest Green 5 (0)

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