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Stevenage F.C - Revisited


On the 4th of February 2013, on the back of the dismissal of then manager Keith Curle. Pride of Nottingham took to asking questions ahead of our opposition view, a feature where we collect the views of fans from other League One teams. We spoke to a Boro fan called 'Chris' and he provided us with his thoughts ahead of game and we decided to take time out and catch up with Chris, has he made some interesting comments regarding his clubs progress. So although we have already done our main opposition view - you might find it insightful to see how he feels now.

Last season you finished 18th, when we approached you last time you mentioned "As I've said I'm predicting a lower mid-table finish for us" How content were you with this finish?

Not happy. I didn't expect us to continue our brilliant form for the entire season, but the way in which we collapsed under Smith after the new year was extremely demoralising.

You also mentioned that none of your players posed a threat to us last season, how have things changed and did you have promising signs pre-season?

We've shipped out some of the players who seemed to put too little effort in, and brought in players who perhaps don't have the same level of natural ability but will give everything for the cause. Player to watch now would, in my opinion, be Darius Charles - whether he plays left back, centre back, or up front!

After 3 opening games, it's a little too early to see the bigger picture but how do you feel about the start to the 2013/14 campaign?

There are promising signs, but we need to start picking the points up sooner rather than later.

What did you make of the appointment of Graham Westley?

I was happy with it. Didn't understand the anger when he left, Preston being the massive club they are. After a torrid time under Smith we needn't somebody who would get the most out of our limited resources.

What formation do you see Westley choosing, along with the starting 11 players?

Previously he's generally stuck with 4-4-2, occasionally with a 4-5-1 away from home. Favoured line-up possibly being: Day; Wedgbury, Jones, Ashton (Captain Fantastic), Hartley; Morais, Dunne, Tansey, Freeman; López, Charles

How do you see this season going and where do you see Stevenage finishing?

Probably about the same as last season, but with hopeful signs for next season and a squad that the manager gets the most out of! I'll say 17th.

If you found this to be interesting, why not have a read of the Opposition View from last season.

Last Seasons Opposition View - Read Here

This Seasons Opposition View - Read Here

Pride of Nottingham would like to thank you for taking the time to read this update, we hope you find these to be interesting and we would like to throw our appreciation to Chris for providing us once again with his views.

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I think its good to see an update, i also found it a great read.

some of our own fans might relate to some of his answers, mainly the ones about the players and dip in our own form but this is a great read. noticed the tweet and came over straight away! :)

thanks chris and joe.

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