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Big Match Preview: Coventry v Stevenage

19 April 2018

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Everything you need to know ahead of Boro's trip to Coventry...

Key Matchday Info...

  • Coventry v Stevenage
  • #CCFCvSFC
  • Sky Bet League Two
  • 7:45pm, Friday 20th April
  • Ricoh Arena

Tickets…

Kick-off is at 7:45pm and advance priced tickets have now been taken off sale.

Matchday Tickets are available though and can be purchased from the South Stand turnstiles (cash only).

  • Adults: £25
  • 60+: £18
  • 18-21: £18
  • Under 18: £13

Wheelchair supporters will pay their relevant age concession with a carer ticket free of charge.

Travel…

The Supporters Association coach will be running with a strict departure time of 4:30pm from the Lamex Stadium. Tickets cost £20 for members and £35 non-members.

Coach tickets can be purchased from www.sfcsa.co.uk/home/travel or by calling John Carroll on 01438 814285.

Parking…

Supporters are advised that there is a 2km Residents Permit Zone with the local council issuing fines for on-street parking.

On-site car parking is available for £10 in car parks A, B or C, whilst official off-site car parking is available from £4.50 by booking in-advance here.

Full away supporters matchday info can be found here.

Onto the game…

A four game unbeaten run came skidding to a halt last Saturday as Cambridge United came away from the Lamex with a 2-0 win.

Although the season will be soon over, there is still plenty to play for as players try to earn new contracts ahead of some big decisions to follow in the coming weeks.

It certainly won’t be an easy finish. All three of our remaining fixtures (Coventry, Exeter and Wycombe) are all firmly in the promotion hunt so the boys will still have a big part to play in how the race for promotion shakes up.

After two defeats in a row, Coventry’s win against Crawley last Saturday means a place in the play-offs is in their own hands with four games left.

The Sky Blues currently occupy the final spot but have a game-in-hand on most of the teams in the pack.

Officials...

  • Referee: Michael Salisbury
  • Assistant Referee 1: Christopher Ward
  • Assistant Referee 2: Simon Shaw
  • Fourth Official: Richard Wigglesworth

View from the camp...

Stevenage boss, Dino Maamria:

“I am looking forward to it. We have shuffled a couple of things the last couple of days but our fundamentals are always the same. There are certain habits I want to instil in the team and take forward.

“Hopefully then we will have an identity so the players know what they are doing and the fans know what to expect.

“They are a top seven team, fighting for the play-offs and have a good home record but we have a game plan to go there and play on the front-foot.

“The pressure is all on the opposition but what we are trying to do is to build certain habits and we just want to see how we match with those top 7 teams.

“They are markers for us in terms of seeing where we are.”

Coventry boss, Mark Robins:

“Stevenage have been playing four in midfield with a diamond and that can represent a different challenge to us, but he could change it and do anything having been in only six games or so.

“They’re capable, they have some decent players and we know we have to be at our best from now until the rest of the season not only to get into the play-offs but to give us some momentum if we get there.”

One to watch...

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Online coverage...

Live match commentary will be available for iFollow subscribers so make sure you sign up to listen to every game. If you are based outside of the UK & Ireland, you can stream the game LIVE! 

Make sure you are following our Twitter account throughout the day as we bring you the very latest from the Ricoh Arena.

iFollow subscribers will also be able to access full match highlights along with all the post-match reaction on Sunday.

On the horizon...

Stevenage host Exeter for the final home game of the season next Saturday.

Get behind the boys and save a few quid by purchasing your tickets from borotickets.co.uk.

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Match Reports

REPORT: Coventry 3-1 Stevenage

20 April 2018

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Stevenage fell to a second straight defeat on Friday night as promotion chasing Coventry City made it a difficult evening for Dino Maamria’s men...

A nightmare opening to the game proved too much to overcome as two goals inside the first five minutes for the Sky Blues gave the hosts a commanding lead.

After Alex Revell pulled one back, there seemed to be a route back into the game, but a third for the hosts before the half was followed up by a Luke Wilkinson red card which meant the result was all but certain by half-time.

Despite the red, Stevenage improved in the second half but a potentially serious injury to Dale Gorman only compiled Boro's misery.

Dino Maamria made two changes to the side that lost out to Cambridge the previous Saturday, Fraser Franks and Ben Kennedy making way for Ben Sheaf and Chris Whelpdale.

As mentioned, it was a desperate start to the game for Stevenage as the Sky Blues struck inside two minutes. A powerful 30 yard strike from leading Coventry marksman, Mark McNulty to make it 1-0.

Before long it was 2-0 as McNulty grabbed his 21st league goal of the season from close range. Hesitant defending inside the Stevenage penalty area punished with authority.

With 20 minutes on the clock, Revell provided Stevenage with a life-line as he slotted home from close range after good work from Danny Newton to close down his man. The ball was latched upon by the striker before applying a cool finish past the advancing goalkeeper to make it 2-1.

That goal appeared to give the players a much-needed confidence boost as they went onto create a number of potential openings. Alex Revell’s untimely slip inside the box prevented th striker from getting a shot away on goal whilst Newton blasted wide from the edge of the box after Luke Amos seized upon a stray pass before feeding the Newt.

Just three minutes later though, it was 3-1. Liam Kelly with a fine low strike into the bottom corner past King, who had little chance of making the stop. Stevenage punished again after a poor few minutes where they were pinned back deep in their territory.

All that happened before then culminated in a red card for Luke Wilkinson after an unfortunate incident with Mark McNulty. Having cleared the ball, Wilkinson collided with the Coventry man and after brief consultation with his assistant, the referee showed red.

Just before the half was out, Kelly cames inches away from getting his second as he saw his volley crash off the bar in added time.

Dale Gorman came on at half-time to replace Matty Godden whilst Whelpdale moved into right-back and Ronnie Henry centre-back.

Stevenage started the second half in a much better fashion and managed to restrict the opposition to very little in-front of goal.

It was much the same story at the other end though as Boro struggled to get numbers forward in order to create an opening for themselves.

Gorman certainly provided a spark in midfield as he kept things ticking over but the best that Stevenage could muster in attack was a couple of half-chances that were either snuffed out or well defended.

After Ben Sheaf won the ball deep in the Coventry half, he played the ball out for Revell to find a Stevenage man but his cross was cut out at the crucial time.

With 15 minutes left, Dale Gorman left the pitch on a stretcher following an innocuous looking challenge in the centre circle. The young midfielder and his teammates clearly distraught after what looked like a serious injury.

Northern Ireland duo Mckee and Kennedy replaced Gorman and Newton, as the minutes began to dwindle down with the score still 3-1.

In truth, the scoreline never looked like changing throughout the second half as neither side were able to create a clear opening. The onus clearly on Boro, but with ten men and a two goal deficit, it was always going to be a tough ask.

So a bad day all round for Stevenage as the focus switches to the final home game of the season against Exeter.

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Ticket News

Tickets & Travel: Friday Night Football at Coventry

18 April 2018

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How about some Friday Night Football...

Next up for Dino Maamria's men is a Friday evening trip to the Ricoh Arena to face Coventry City.

The fixture had been set to take place on Saturday the 21st of April, but the game has been brought forward due to an event clash at the stadium.

Kick-off is at 7:45pm and advance priced tickets (must be bought before midday on Thursday 20th April) are as follows:

  • Adults: £22
  • 60+: £15
  • 18-21: £15
  • Under 18: £10

Prices increase by £3 on the night of the game and wheelchair supporters will pay their relevant age concession with a carer ticket free of charge.

Buy your advance tickets from borotickets.co.uk, the club shop or over the phone on 01438 223223.

Travel:

The Supporters Association coach will be running with a strict departure time of 4:30pm from the Lamex Stadium. Tickets cost £20 for members and £35 non-members.

Coach tickets can be purchased from www.sfcsa.co.uk/home/travel or by calling John Carroll on 01438 814285.

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