Westley hopes home advantage will lead to points

Graham Westley and Dino Maamria. Photo: Alan Millard

Graham Westley and Dino Maamria. Photo: Alan Millard - Credit: Archant

Stevenage’s manager says his side must capitalise on their return to the Lamex, starting tonight against Swindon Town

Stevenage manager Graham Westley says his side must make the most of their home advantage over the next few weeks.

Tonight’s game against Swindon Town is the first of four home games for Boro in all competitions – something Westley believes can work in his side’s favour.

“We’re back at home which is a real positive. It’s been tough to keep playing all these away games, everybody knows it’s tough to travel, everybody knows home advantage is exactly that,” Westley says.

“We’ve played a lot of away games and we haven’t really seen a lot of the Lamex. We’ve played 14 away games out of 24 games in the league so it’s nice to be back at home, it’s important now that we pick up home points.

“We can talk about the disadvantage of playing so many away games but now we’ve got these home games we’ve got to make sure that we capitalise.”

Westley will be without the services of centre-back Ben Chorley for this evening’s match.

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The defender is serving the first of a three-match ban after picking up a red card in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Oldham Athletic, and could be replaced at centre-back by either Peter Hartley or Luke Jones.

Darius Charles could also be in contention for a starting place after making back-to-back substitute appearances following his comeback from injury.

The Oldham defeat saw Boro’s winless run in the league extend to seven games, and they are now six points from safety but with games in hand on many of the teams above them.

After Saturday’s defeat Westley said his side still needs 10 wins from their remaining 22 matches this season.

The club has won just 10 matches in the league since January 1 last year.