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Notts County obviously come into this game in a very similar situation, after lost their opening two games and coming away from Walsall having earned a draw. Stevenage haven't yet collected a single point, as they have lost all three of their opening games. They lost 3-4 to Oldham on the 3rd of August and narrowly lost by one goal each to Swindon and Leyton Orient. Pride of Nottingham's taken the time to speak with traveling fan Gareth, who has kindly taken time out of his evening to answer our questions. We hope you enjoy this feature and find it to be useful information - You Pies!

Firstly, could you tell prideofnottingham.co.uk a little about yourself, such as how long you've been a fan for?

I'm 28 years old and been a fan for about 8 years now.

How do you feel about the ending of last seasons campaign and did you query any of the players who were released?

Was quite releaved to see the back of last season really. Was a complete disaster from about October time. No queries about any of the players that were released, I trust the managers judgement over my own.

Can you tell me about your pre-season, the signings you've made and how things were generally with the club with regards to the new season?

Pre-season was generally successful. Had quite a few new faces brought in again and they look decent, Sam Wedgbury especially at right back has stood out. We had a good victory over a QPR team that had a few first team players in the squad, We were on par with a strong Leeds team for 60 minutes before conceding a couple of goals. Smashed my hometown team of Biggleswade 6-0 in what was a very enjoyable day.

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?

Although results don't lie, and we have lost all 3 league matches so far, I've seen some promising signs from most of the new players. We had an excellent victory in the cup against Ipswich sandwiched between our league games which was a nice one to win.

Realistically how do you see Saturday ending and are you confident about the game?

I'd be happy with a point on Saturday, just so we can get off the mark and I suspect that is what we will get out of the game.

How do you see your season going and where do you think you will finish?

Graham Westley has always been known to have a strong finish to the season. I think we won 14 out of our last 15 matches when we won the conference, conceding only 3 goals in the process. I can't really see us troubling the promotion places this season, top half would be an excellent season in my eyes. I always tell everyone that I think we will finish top of the bottom third this season. In reality anything above the relegation places will do just nicely.

Out of all the League One clubs, which have you been looking forward to seeing and why?

I'm most looking forward to visiting Peterboro away, Mainly because it is local and will make for a good drinking opportunity. I've actually watched Peterboro vs Notts County twice over the years, as a friend of mine has a Notts County supporting Dad so I tagged along a couple of times.

Which Stevenage players would you see posing a threat to the Notts County defence?

Luke Freeman is always a threat when on the ball and can create a chance out of nothing. Greg Tansey will also cause trouble if he has his shooting boots on and Darius Charles will be a handful if he plays as a striker for this one.

Who would you have marked on Saturday and who would you point out to be our danger-men?

Enoch Showumni sounds like he has had a decent start to the season so I reckon he could be the danger man.

Averagely how many games do you make in a season, including cup games?

I make every home league and cup games and always try to make it to about 4 or 5 away games.

League One is understandably harder this season, we've seen some big clubs fall and some others return to it. Who do you feel will go up this season?

Probably the toughest set of teams in league 1 since we entered it. I have money on Wolves to win the league so I expect them to go up. Could be joined by any out of about 10 teams but I expect Peterboro to grab the runners up place and Brentford to win the play-offs after just missing out last season .

Finally, what are the positives you can point out about your team right now?

Positives about the team is that the players now seem to always give 110%. They may not technically be the best players in the league but you can guarantee that anyone that plays under Graham Westley will give it their absolute all. Were in a bit of a transition period again with a lot of changes to the squad since the end of last season so it's going to take time for the team to gel properly but I think we should be Ok.

Pride of Nottingham would like to thank Gareth for taking the time to answer our questions. Please keep tuned for a special update from one of our previous opposition fans, as we catch up with Chris. A Boro fan who we spoke to last season.

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i think its great that your having a catch up with that chris, i think this will be a good and interesting feature. will you be updating this?

good set of questions joe, the stevenage fan answered them well to

interesting to see he has connection here also. thanks guys!

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Glad you all seemed to enjoy this. Was enjoyable to do. All the best for the rest of the season, (apart from January 18th).

Glad you joined us - I can't believe I haven't noticed this sooner! To my excuse I have been a very busy bee. ;)

I'm liking the feedback!

I've been lucky enough to keep in contact with a few who have helped us out. It's great to get views on football out side of the club and you'll always be welcome around here Gaz. I hope we have a good game at Stevenage - Your side broke my heart and rattled many magpie feathers. LOL

Good Luck with your season also :)

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