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Match Preview: Stevenage (H)

2 February 2018

Accrington Stanley vs Stevenage | Wham Stadium | 3.00pm | Sky Bet League Two |

Stevenage are the latest side to head to the Wham Stadium as we approach the business end of the Sky Bet League Two season.

Stanley head into the game following a disappointing 2-1 defeat on the South Coast at Crawley, putting an end to a four-match winning streak, that had thrust the Reds back up into the automatic promotion places.

John Coleman's men now sit just outside the play-off places in eight place, with opponents Stevenage in 14th. But victory could see the Reds move back up into the automatic positions.

Head-to-Head:

Stanley wins – 2

Games drawn – 4

Stevenage wins – 5

Last Time Out:

A late Ben Kennedy strike left Stanley stunned, as they were beaten 3-2 at the Lamex Stadium in October.

Stanley had twice led, Jordan Clark putting them ahead in the first half, before they were pegged back by Matt Godden.

Billy Kee instantly restored the lead from the penalty spot before Godden struck again with seven minutes remaining. Then, in the final minute of normal time, and with Stanley pushing for a winner, Kennedy finished off a lightning counter-attack to put Stevenage ahead for the first time, as they took all three points.

Team News:

John Coleman confirmed in his press conference that captain Seamus Conneely is closing in on a return to fitness, meaning that the Stanley boss will then have a fully-fit squad to select from.

His opposite number Darren Sarll will be without the injured Danny Newton so could hand a debut to deadline day signing John Goddard.

One to Watch – Matt Godden

John Coleman and his backline will need no reminding of Godden's forward prowess.

The striker's double set Stevenage on their way to victory in that earlier discussed game, back in October.

The 26-year-old has since taken his tally for the season to 13 in all competitions and he will be looking to make it another uneasy afternoon with his powerful approach.

Man in the Middle – John Brooks

Brooks has taken charge of 33 EFL and FA Cup fixtures, so far this season. Showing 102 yellow and four red cards.

The Leicestershire-born referee oversaw Stanley's 2-0 defeat down at Exeter back in November and was also in the middle for Stevenage's 3-2 defeat at Swindon in September.

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