Stevenage hoping to end winless away streak

Graham Westley shouts some directions

Graham Westley shouts some directions - Credit: Archant

Stevenage and AFC Wimbledon go into Saturday’s clash aiming to end unwanted records.

Boro are looking to secure their first win on the road since March, while it was the same month that saw the hosts last manage a home victory.

The developing Stevenage squad, largely compiled over the summer by manager Graham Westley, is learning the difference of performing at the Lamex Stadium and out on the road.

Westley told the Comet: “We have seen how to not play away from home at Southend [a 2-0 loss] and we have seen how to play away from home at Plymouth [a 1-1 draw].

“Playing away and playing at home are different things.

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“You have got to make sure you adapt your game, adapt your system, adapt your selections, your tactics [and] your game to the environment you are going into.

“We watched Wycombe [in Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat] in all honesty play a very effective away day game last weekend so we are getting back into the rhythm now of league action and the types of challenges that league action brings.

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“We go to a local away game, which is always nice, we are always well supported down there.

“In fairness in the league it has always been a very good ground for us so it’s a fixture we look forward to albeit a tough one, they have had a good start.”

Saturday could see a return to the starting XI of right-back Ronnie Henry who rejoined the club from Luton Town in the summer, but has been suffering from a knee injury.

However, Westley insists he will not be tempted to rush frontman Calvin Zola back from a hamstring injury.

“Calvin I am not going to rush,” he said.

“He has been training now for 10 days, but he has been out for a long, long time, he has been out all summer, he has been out all pre-season and he has had a couple of setbacks on his injury.

“Sometimes discretion is the better part of valour, you have to be intelligent and see the big picture, rather than rushing him through.

“If I get him fit for 40 games it will be worth leaving him out for another game or two just to make sure we don’t see any repercussions.”

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