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Steve Evans’ Portsmouth preview

12 December 2022

Jim Steele

Ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to Portsmouth in the Papa John’s Trophy Round of 16, we catch up with boss Steve Evans…

Stevenage were held to a goalless draw at the weekend by a stern Mansfield Town team – the first time we have been shutout at home this season.

“I have taken the opportunity to watch the game back”, said Evans. “It was certainly a case of two teams cancelling each other out. We had a golden chance to win the game late, but it wasn't to be.

We never got anywhere near how we can and do play but the players, staff and myself all knew it. Every team has the right to set up in any way their manager wants them to, but we have found for the last month or even longer that our opponents are doing things differently against us.

Mansfield are a decent team with excellent players and a good manager. They will be certain promotion contenders, so we take the point and know we need to be much improved going forward”.

As for the snow and icy weather conditions over the weekend, the squad have had to do things a little different over the last few days.

“Training has been really difficult”, admitted the gaffer. “We had to be indoors on Friday and today (Monday) was a non-starter due to the weather and road conditions. However, we have a no excuse policy, so we move on”.

Next up for Steve Evans’ men, a trip to the south coast in the Papa John’s Trophy.

“Portsmouth is a brilliant football club, known throughout the world and that is down to their brilliant support. Fratton Park is one of those iconic stadiums and we look forward to the game.

Our next three games are all tough in their own right, but we will utilise the squad over those matches in a way we see fit. We will start by making multiple changes tomorrow (Tuesday). We have a squad here and not a favoured eleven”.

Match tickets are available for tomorrow night’s game from for collection at Fratton Park.

Supporters can also stream the game live with an iFollow Video Match Pass for just £10.


Match tickets for Stevenage vs Crawley Town start at £18 Adults, £15 Concessions, £10 Under 18s and £5 Under 12s.

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Report: Portsmouth 3-0 Stevenage

13 December 2022

Stevenage's 2022/23 Papa John's Trophy campaign comes to an end in Portsmouth...

Boro travelled to the South Coast with a place in the quarter finals of The Papa John’s Trophy up for grabs. Sky Bet League One side Portsmouth were the opponents as Steve Evans made six changes from Saturday’s stalemate with Mansfield. Chapman, Clark, Taylor, Kane Smith, Read and Rose returned to the starting eleven.

The opening fifteen minutes provided very little for either set of supporters to be excited about as both sides attempted to match the other. Pompey appeared quick in transition but were unable to carve out a clear-cut chance.

Boro’s first chance came after twenty minutes as Arthur Read was brought down thirty yards from goal. The Stevenage midfielder took aim from the resulting free kick, but Josh Oluwayemi flew across goal to stop the ball flying into the top corner.

Stevenage came agonisingly close to grabbing the opener just after the half-hour mark. Jake Taylor headed the ball into a dangerous area with Carl Piergianni looming, but the Boro skipper chipped it just over the bar from point-blank range.

With just under ten minutes to go until the break, Pompey took the lead. Jay Mingi picked up the ball and went on a darting run forward before calmly slotting it into the bottom left corner.

Stevenage created one last chance in the first half, as Kane Smith laid the ball off to Luther James-Wildin who tried his luck from twenty yards, but his shot flew just over the bar. The referee then blew for half-time, with just the one goal making the difference.

Ahead of the second half, Evans made three changes. David Amoo, Jordan Roberts and Luke Norris replaced Arthur Read, Danny Rose and Kane Smith.

Pompey applied plenty of pressure in the opening stages of the half, but it was Stevenage who created the next chance. Max Clark’s curling corner fell to the feet of Dan Sweeney at the back post, but the defender tapped it wide.

Boro were on the front foot as they looked to find an equaliser. Jordan Roberts took aim from the edge of the box, forcing Josh Oluwayemi to parry the ball to the feet of Jake Taylor who was standing in an offside position.

Just before the hour mark, Pompey doubled their lead. Josh Koroma was played through on goal, with the task of slotting it past Aaron Chapman to increase his side’s lead.

Koroma was playing full of confidence after his goal, as he had two similar shots from the edge of the box within the space of a minute. The first was deflected just wide of the post, before the second was well kept out by Chapman.

Stevenage had a positive spell soon after, with Dan Sweeney and Jordan Roberts both trying their luck from range, but Josh Oluwayemi continued his fine form by getting down to deny.

The final twenty minutes were almost silent as Pompey looked to hold onto their lead and allow Boro no glimpse of a goal. The final kick of the game turned out to be a goal for Portsmouth as the League One side made it three in the dying moments. The referee then blew his final whistle to put an end to Stevenage's Papa John's Trophy campaign.

Attendance: 2,162 including 76 travelling supporters

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Tickets & Travel: Portsmouth

12 December 2022

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Match tickets are on sale for Boro’s trip to Portsmouth on Tuesday 13th December 2022…

Kicking off at 7pm in the last-16 of the Papa John’s Trophy, Steve Evans’ men make the 211-mile roundtrip to take on Danny Cowley’s Pompey for a place in the quarter finals.

Match tickets are available online at (collection only), from the Stevenage FC Club Shop (open Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays 10am-5pm) and from the Portsmouth Club Shop on the day of the game.

Any ticket not collected from the Stevenage FC Club Shop by midday on Tues 13 Dec will be available for collection at the Portsmouth Club Shop from 5pm.

Please note, the Stevenage FC Supporters’ Assocation coach will not be travelling for this fixture.


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Purchase your train ticket to Portsmouth at and keep up-to-date with latest travel info by following @nationalrailenq.

For more travel information to Fratton Park, click here.


Match tickets for Stevenage vs Mansfield Town start at £18 Adults, £15 Concessions, £10 Under 18s and £5 Under 12s.

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