Loanees expected to fill the void left by Pett and Marriott

Danny Johnson

Danny Johnson - Credit: Archant

Bruno Andrade and Danny Johnson are expected to fill the void left by injures to Tom Pett and Adam Marriott when Stevenage travel to Mansfield Town on Saturday.

Bruno Andrade

Bruno Andrade - Credit: Archant

Andrade and Johnson were 11th hour deadline day loans from Queens Park Ranger and Cardiff City respectively. They joined up with the squad this week and are expected to start at Field Mill

More than just fill in for Pett and Marriott, manager Graham Westley expects the pair to be like-for-like replacements.

“I lost Pett and Marriott through injury when the side has been performing well with Tom’s thrust and Adam’s busyness and eye for goal,” he said. “I didn’t have money to play with so it was a case of leaving it very late in the day and seeing who was still available and who we could get. Both Danny and Bruno were available at the 11th hour and we managed to secure them.

“Bruno will give us thrust; he’s prepared to take the game forward, he’s got pace about him and he’s a good lad to work with. He showed against Portsmouth last season, when he made the first goal, what his pace can do. I’m looking forward to having him back and filling in for Tom.

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He added: “Danny has got an eye for goal. He’s got a similar background to Marriott. I spoke to [Cardiff manager] Russell Slade about him much earlier in the season. He offered me Danny before he want to Tranmere so I’ve kept an eye on him – I saw him play while he was on loan there and he was similar to Adam. He’s a graduate from non-league, busy, bright and has an eye for goal.

“Those two will give us what Adam and Tom were giving us before they went out.”

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