Match preview: Stevenage v Portsmouth

Simon Walton

Simon Walton - Credit: Archant

Boro hoping to extend winning run to three matches following victories over Cheltenham and Northampton

Stevenage welcome Portsmouth to the Lamex on Tuesday evening.

Boro head into the match on the back of a four-game unbeaten run having taken eight points from those games.

A 2-1 victory over Northampton Town on Saturday, coupled with defeats for rivals Newport County and Luton Town, has seen Stevenage extend their advantage over the teams outside the play-off places.

They are currently in sixth place and are three points clear, with a superior goal difference, of County, who are just outside the play-offs in eighth.

Portsmouth come to town having parted company with manager Andy Awford today (Monday).

In charge for little more than a year, Awford met with the club’s hierarchy this morning having seen his side lose 3-1 at Morecambe on Saturday.

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It was a result that ended the club’s outside chances of making the top seven.

Gary Waddock, the former Wycombe Wanderers manager, will take charge of the south coast club until the end of the season.

Despite Portsmouth now being out of the promotion hunt, Boro midfielder Simon Walton says his club must be wary of the threat Pompey pose this week.

Speaking after scoring the winner in Saturday’s win over the Cobblers, the 27-year-old said: “I’ve played in those sort of games, both ways. They can be dangerous.

“Teams who have nothing to play for [can] come here with no pressure on them.

“I’m sure they’ll have a few fans following them, and they won’t want to let them down.

“We’ll treat every game the same; every game is a cup final now.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game, and we have to be right on our mettle. Everybody has to be on it to get another three points.”

Stevenage could be without Charlie Lee, who limped off on Saturday.