By Fan of the Year – Jon Harries
I’d imagine if the events before the first game had been more favourable, then perhaps we wouldn’t have this replay.
It was announced prior to the first game that two members of the team had contracted Covid 19, and several were self-isolating having been in contact with them. It was a stronger than expected line-up although the bench left a lot to be desired with 2 goalkeepers and several U18’s filling the seats.
The first 60 minutes were Dons dominated with Harry Darling scoring just before half time with a deft header followed by 15 minutes of possession where we pinned Stevenage back to the 18-yard box. Alex Revell then made a double substitution that changed the game, firstly Barry Barrie finishing well after good work by Elliott List, then Jamie Reed teed up List to send the away fans into delirium. Max Watters then equalised brilliantly 3 minutes later. A trip to the Lamex and a replay being the result, with the winner playing Yeovil at Huish Park in Round 2 live on the BBC.
Both teams go into the replay in real contrasting form over the weekend. A 4-1 win at Stadium MK against Cambridge Utd for the Dons and a 2-1 home defeat to improving and underachieving Mansfield Town for Stevenage Boro.
Having spoken to Reece from the Trash Talk article for that first game the issue isn’t the players it’s tactics and game management or the lack of from a manager in his first full season in the EFL. The expectation was a potential play off push, but I believe mid table would be great for them to build upon.
Editor – Since Jon wrote this article Stevenage have parted company with their manager former Don Alex Revell, we of course wish Alex the very best with the next chapter in his football career.
The man in focus is Jake Reeves. The former Bradford player really took the game by the scruff of neck with his dynamism and range of passing. He is a goal threat and forced a great save from Fisher late on from a header. Much will depend on whether he can replicate that control on Tuesday.
Watson – Baldwin – Darling – Lewington – Harvie
Robson – Kasumu – Boateng
Eisa – Watters
This is a much-changed side from Saturday, but League 1 is more important in my eyes. This side though should be solid and creative enough to get into Round 2. This is a big game for Eisa given Watters most recent form and barring injury Parrott will be back for Burton on Saturday.
A 3-1 away win with Boateng Watters, and Eisa with the goals.
Photo Credit – Stevenangefc.com