Stevenage need to ignore the League One table and be on their guard for a very tough game away to Fleetwood Town says Steve Evans.

Boro head up to the Lancashire coast fourth in the table, while their hosts sit fourth from bottom.

However, that hides the fact the Cod Army have claimed eight points in their last four games and scored 10 goal, beating Reading and Exeter City and drawing with Barnsley and Blackpool.

That is not lost on Evans.

He said: "They're not a bottom four side. Scott Brown, who's a Celtic legend and a hero of mine, he got the sack at Fleetwood but he was very, very unfortunate with injuries and very unfortunate with what was going on around that club at the time 

"That does have an impact when it is that serious. 

"However, in comes Lee Johnson who is a very experienced manager and just coming out of Hibernian, and he jumped straight in because the infrastructure at Fleetwood is fantastic and the playing squad, when you break them down, is top six. 

"I know a lot them personally, I tried to sign some of them. 

"We’ve watched full re-runs of their last couple of games, particularly their comfortable win over Exeter, 3-0 at half-time and could and should have been more. 

"It’s a long way to go and they are a good side but there are no excuses because we are good side. 

"And we have to go up there and find a way to win." 

Evans believes the effect of appointing Lee Johnson is now starting to come through.

"He's a very experienced manager," said the Boro boss. "When he went in, he largely gave those players he inherited the opportunity. 

"But you work with the players on the training ground, you work with them every day and you form different opinions, different formations and different systems. 

"He's come up with a very emphatic system with Jack Marriott at the top of the pitch. 

"I was the manager at Peterborough when he went to Derby for well in excess of £6m a few years ago. 

"Behind him is Ryan Broome, who came up from Cheltenham to Posh for nearly £1m, so these are big players. 

"And they’ve spread them [across the squad]. They’ve got a centre-back in from Celtic. We tried to have a conversation last summer with Celtic but he went with Broony to Fleetwood as he knew him and looked up to him. And we understood that. 

"But this is a really good team that we're playing, and in a good crux of form. They would have wanted to play last week in the international break. 

"But they'll be well rehearsed and tactically astute and they'll know everything about us. 

"It’ll make it a difficult game." 

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Evans knows, however, that Stevenage are certainly good enough to add to the 32 points they have already accrued in their 18 league games so far

He said: "We've got a number of ways of playing and Lee will be guessing now [what system we choose]. 

"We know what we're doing, that's the most important thing, and I think we've got less guessing to do [about how they’ll play]. 

"They will be a very attacking side. They almost play five up front, a 4-1-5 if you like. 

"It’s very attacking, very strong and with good, very talented individuals. 

"I'm not making this team out to be Portsmouth, they're not, but I am making them out to be a top group side, when you break down the playing squad and look at the experience to the management team.

"We’ll try and be resolute, try to be strong and try and take advantage of situations if we create any. 

"[Hopefully] we’ll come back with a point added to our tally, if not three."

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