Match Preview: Portsmouth v Stevenage

Teddy Sheringham

Teddy Sheringham - Credit: Archant

Stevenage boss Teddy Sheringham will be looking for his side to extend their unbeaten Sky Bet League Two record to three games on Tuesday night with a visit to his former club Portsmouth.

Paul Cook’s Pompey sit second in the table and are one of the favourites for promotion this season, however Sheringham is urging his Boro players to perform without fear at Fratton Park.

“It’s a game against a team that will cause us problems, but it’s not a game we should be scared of and say ‘we don’t want to be going down there’,” said Sheringham.

“We’re playing ok at the moment, we could be better.

“If we impose ourselves on Portsmouth there’s no reason why we can’t get a result, it’s as simple as that.”

Former England forward Sheringham spent the 2003/04 season at Fratton Park under then boss Harry Redknapp and enjoyed his stint on the south coast.

While there he became the oldest Premier League player to net a hat-trick.

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That treble came against Bolton Wanderers, then managed by newly-appointed Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce, who Sheringham worked with at West Ham United last season.

“I would have been 38, it was against Bolton and I can still remember all the goals now,” he said.

“I talked about it last year with Sam, with him then being in charge at West Ham, and I brought it up a few times last season.

“It [Fratton Park] is a lovely place to go and play football.

“It will probably be the largest crowd of the season that we will play in front of.

“I’m sure it will be a cracking game, they play some outstanding football and we try to as well so lets we hope we come out on top.”

Stevenage will be without Steven Schumacher who serves a one-match suspension, while Chris Whelpdale is a doubt after coming off early with a groin injury against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

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