Barnet v Stevenage preview

Boro looking to turn draws into wins

Barnet v Stevenage

November 2, 7.45pm

Recent form

Boro’s 0-0 draw with Chesterfield - their third goalless draw of the season - saw them extend their unbeaten run to four games.

Tenth in League 2, Graham Westley’s men have now drawn seven of their opening 14 games of the season.

A third of the way through their first year in the Football League, Boro have rarely been outplayed by any of the teams they have played so far but they need to find that cutting edge to finish off their chances in the final third.

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Barnet, managed by former Boro boss Mark Stimson, are at the foot of League 2 with 13 points.

Although they have taken just one point from their seven away games, they have a better home record than Stevenage and any fan thinking Boro should see this as a walkover might want to think again.

Team news

Stevenage are without any new injury worries following Saturday’s draw.

Chris Beardsley, Lee Boylan, Darren Murphy, Joel Byrom and Rob Sinclair are all still long-term absentees and none are expected back for at least another fortnight.

In their absence loan signings Chris Holroyd (from Brighton) and James O’Shea (Birmingham City, and who made his debut at the weekend) are both likely to start.

Barnet signed former Boro midfielder Craig Dobson on Monday, and the wide man could be in the squad for tonight’s game. Otherwise Stimson has no new injury concerns.

Boro’s last five league games

Oct 30 - Stevenage 0 Chesterfield 0

Oct 23 - Morecambe 0 Stevenage 0

Oct 16 - Stevenage 2 (Laird pen, Holroyd) Burton Albion 1

Oct 9 - Rotherham 1 Stevenage 1 (Mousinho)

Oct 2 - Stevenage 0 Wycombe 2

Chesterfield’s last five league games

Oct 30 - Shrewsbury 2 Barnet 1 (Parkes)

Oct 23 – Barnet 1 Macclesfield 0 (Byrne)

Oct 16 – Stockport 2 Barnet 1 (Byrne)

Oct 9 - Barnet 0 Bradford 2

Oct 2 – Barnet 2 (Marshall, Townsend og) Hereford 0