Stevenage compete in Round Three of the Carabao Cup for the first time in history as Charlton Athletic come to The Lamex Stadium...
Wins against Reading and Peterborough United awarded Stevenage a Round Three tie with Sky Bet League One side Charlton Athletic.
Steve Evans’ side sit second in Sky Bet League Two as focus this week has been on the domestic cups. On Saturday, Boro travelled to non-league Gateshead in the FA Cup and picked up a 3-2 victory thanks to goals from Jordan Roberts, Luke Norris and an own goal.
Charlton Athletic currently play their football in Sky Bet League One where they sit in ninth place. The Addicks have had a mixed bag of results this season, winning five league games from seventeen, drawing eight and losing four. The side spent seven consecutive seasons in the Premier League through the early 2000s and will undoubtedly be looking to return to the top two tiers of English football.
The Addicks overcame two tough contests to get to the Third Round of the Carabao Cup. In the first round, they defeated QPR on penalties after drawing 1-1 in the initial ninety minutes. Then, Charlton travelled to Walsall and won 1-0 thanks to Diallang Jaiyesimi’s second half goal.
Ben Garner was appointed Charlton boss in June of this year and was handed a three-year contract. Before that, Garner had managerial spells with Bristol Rovers and Swindon Town. The 42-year-old oversaw Swindon for the entirety of last season, guiding them to the Sky Bet League Two play-offs before suffering defeat at the hands of Port Vale.
Boro and The Addicks have met each other on just three competitive occasions, twice in Sky Bet League One and once in the Football League Trophy.
The first meeting between the sides was in 2011 as a newly-promoted Stevenage defeated Charlton 1-0 at The Lamex, with Stacy Long grabbing the goal. The two encounters that followed ended in defeat for Boro, with the side failing to score in both fixtures.
Tom Nield has been appointed as Match Referee with Justin Amey and Alex James as his Assistants and Tom Reeves as Fourth Official.