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Revell: "A fantastic opportunity"

8 January 2021

Jim Steele

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie with Swansea City, Alex Revell has welcomed the soon-to-be introduced twice weekly COVID-19 testing across the whole of the EFL…

The news of the mandatory testing came down this week and the Stevenage boss says that it will give players, staff and clubs peace of mind.

“Now we know that we can enter the field of play and go to the stadiums knowing that everyone has been tested and clear.

“I think it a real welcome to us all. With the amount of games that has been called off in recent times, I think it was needed to keep players safe. Testing can only be a positive and will make sure that nobody is stepping on the pitch that may be a danger to the rest of the squad.

“Ultimately I think the protocols we have at our football club are good. We had no negative tests in the last round which is great to see so we are obviously doing everything right. You can’t obviously help things outside the ground and the training ground, you can only ask your players to adhere to the protocols and guidelines and I think we have done that quite well.”

This week has also seen three new players join the squad as Chris Lines, Matty Stevens and Luke Norris all signed for Stevenage on Tuesday. Revell says that the triple signing, along with improved recent results have given everyone at the Club a big boost.

“All three have added to us hugely. We have hopefully turned a corner and you can see the energy and confidence has returned to players because of winning but with these three coming in the place has really been lifted.

“We have had a nice week leading up to this FA Cup game to get them involved and around the place. It has been great having them.”

This weekend’s match will see Boro take on Swansea City, currently second in the Championship and eyeing a return to the Premier League next season. Despite their lofty status, Alex Revell believes that with the right attitude and spirit, his side can take the visitors from South Wales all the way.

“We always go back to scenes in the FA Cup throughout history and for us the scenes at the end (of the Hull game) are what the FA Cup is about. I felt at the time that we deserved to go through from our performance. We showed a real determination and FA Cup spirit.

“We deserved the opportunity to go through and now we have another fantastic opportunity against a team that are flying in the Championship to go and how people how we have changed as a team.

“Confidence is there and that is what it is about, getting that opportunity to play against a team that are higher than you and it is down to the players that we put on the pitch to show how good they are.”


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