Confidence high at Stevenage as they plot more FA Cup shocks on Toon win anniversary

Stevenage's Michael Bostwick celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with teammates as

Stevenage celebrate Michael Bostwick's goal in the 3-1 win over Newcastle United in 2011. - Credit: SEAN DEMPSEY/PA

Stevenage are very clear when it comes to their FA Cup third round clash with Swansea City - there is no reason they can't create another historic moment.

The game at the Lamex Stadium on Saturday comes10 years and a day after Boro dumped Premier League Newcastle United, complete with the likes of Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Fabricio Coloccini in their ranks, out of the famous old competition.

Wayne Routledge was in the Magpies side too that evening and he will be in line for selection on Saturday for the Swans.

Newcastle United's Wayne Routledge (left) and Stevenage's Scott Laird (right) battle for the ball

Newcastle United's Wayne Routledge (left) and Stevenage's Scott Laird (right) battle for the ball during the FA Cup third round match in 2011. - Credit: SEAN DEMPSEY/PA

And although the Welsh team are now a Championship side, their seven-year stay in the Premier League coming to an end in 2018, they are flying high this year, second behind Norwich City having lost just four of their 23 league games.

But any initial thoughts that a trip to the League Two strugglers would make for an easy game will have changed somewhat following Boro's upturn in fortunes since Christmas.

And the three-game unbeaten streak has not only increased the confidence at the Lamex, it also has Charlie Carter, scorer of three of Boro's five goals in that run, dreaming of what might be.

Charlie Carter in action for Stevenage FC

Charlie Carter has scored three for Stevenage in the last two games. - Credit: DANNY LOO/TGS PHOTO

He said: "It’s a good game to go into. We’re confident and we’ll go into it wanting to win. We’ll give it everything we’ve got and especially after the last two games, the two wins, why can’t we? 

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"You can see in the way we are playing. We are confident on the ball, we’re getting a lot of possession and we are passing it around. 

"The two central midfielders, Arthur Read and Jack Smith, they were unbelievable [against Scunthorpe]. They wanted to be on the ball and get us going. 

"The confidence is coming out now and that builds when you win games."

Stevenage FC manager Alex Revell on the touchline

Stevenage manager Alex Revell on the touchline. - Credit: DAVID LOVEDAY/TGS PHOTO

Manager Alex Revell too is relishing the contest.

He said: "It’s the FA Cup and anything can happen. It is a great game for us to have because we can go into it knowing that we’ve given a week of good performances and results, seven points from three games is great. 

"But we don’t want to lose the momentum so it is important that we carry on with those performances and that we keep learning. 

"Every day we are learning and the players are showing that on the pitch now and we are really looking forward to the challenge."

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