Behind Enemy Lines: Stevenage

FOLLOWING Friday’s opening-day 1-0 loss against Nottingham Forest, Millwall face Stevenage in an EFL Cup first-round tie at The Den on Tuesday night.

The Lions were largely the better side on Friday, but failed to convert their chances and controversially had a Steve Morison goal disallowed.

Neil Harris is likely to make some changes to his starting XI. Tom Elliott will be looking to impress, along with the likes of Byron Webster and Ben Thompson, who were left out against Forest.

Stevenage opened their season with a 3-3 draw against Newport County on Saturday, with goals from Tom Pett, Dale Gorman and Danny Newton. Pett put Boro ahead early on before they later blew a 3-1 lead.

Former Millwall defender Joe Martin joined the Lamex Stadium outfit over the summer following his release.

Lucas Ball asked Stevenage fan Liam Govey a few questions ahead of the Carabao Cup tie.

Twitter: @Govey24

Why do you support Stevenage?

It’s the town I was born and raised in. I started going to games in 2009 and haven't looked back since, in all honesty.

What are your expectations for 2017-18 in League Two?

I think it has to be similar to last season. Our attacking personnel seem to improve year on year, but our defence still clearly has some issues. We'll probably finish in mid-table, I’d say 11th.

We could either be challenging for promotion or fighting relegation in this league. It's very competitive and there are always plenty of surprises along the way. Though the former is more likely, there is a worry that a lack of experience may cost us.

Have you been impressed by Boro’s transfer business this summer?

On the whole, yes. Joe Martin is an especially good signing at left-back. We needed a centre-back and we bought one in Kevin Lokko, then immediately loaned him to Dagenham and Redbridge, so I'm a bit puzzled by that one.

An experienced head in central midfield wouldn't go amiss, having released both Charlie Lee and Steven Schumacher. The club almost always does its business nearer deadline day, so maybe something could still happen on that front. I’m looking forward to the season.

Who are Darren Sarll’s key men?

Dale Gorman has improved year on year in the central midfield role. Beating Joe Fryer between the sticks won't be easy, either.

As for Matt Godden, his scoring record says it all. Chris Whelpdale has always done well at this club, so we hope to see him succeed again.

Which Millwall players will cause Stevenage issues on Tuesday night?

Anyone that can put the ball into the box. Set-pieces really are a nightmare for us. Steve Morison could also come back to haunt us. We all love him, though.

Tom Elliott, if he plays, will also be a handful, being similar to Morison.

What is your predicted line-up and formation?



Henry Wilkinson Franks Martin

Gorman Conlon

Whelpdale Pett Turgott


Finally, a score prediction?

It'll be 1-0 either way. I would expect Millwall to edge it.

Graphic: @ShedCreative