Opposition profile: We look at Watford's Capital One Cup opponents Stevenage

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Now in League Two, following a bottom placed finish in the 2013/14 League One season, Stevenage will be confident of a more successful campaign this year, as they look to return to the division they called home for the past three years.

Their exit from the third tier of English football was only the second relegation the club has suffered since their founding in 1976, with the other coming in 1987/88 in the Isthmian Division One.

Graham Westley’s side opened their latest account with three deserved points; as they recorded a 1-0 win at home against Hartlepool Town. Midfielder Chris Whelpdale grabbed the winner in the 60th minute. Unsurprisingly, Stevenage’s league results last season make for uncomfortable reading to anyone associated with the club. With only 11 wins, the club were only able to record consecutive victories once; against Crewe Alexandra and Crawley Town in October. The final blow to the club came when top scorer François Zoko left on a free following relegation.

However, Boro’s pre-season form did show promise, with the club recording four wins, four draws and a loss, scoring 17 goals in the process. A potential replacement for Zoko, Adam Marriott, signed from Cambridge City, grabbed five of the 17, including a hat-trick against Chesham United.

Marriott’s arrival was only one of many in a busy off season for the club. At the start of the campaign, Stevenage had signed 14 new players, and seen 19 leave the club during the transfer window. Alongside Zoko, the loss of Luke Freeman will affect the side, as the midfielder made 48 appearances last season in all competitions, the most in the squad, but has joined Bristol City for an undisclosed fee.

Watford are not unfamiliar opponents to Stevenage, with the two meeting last season in a friendly at Broadhill Way. The Hornets ran out 2-0 winners, with goals from Carlos Acuna and Troy Deeney.

Stevenage starting XI v Hartlepool Town on Saturday: (4-4-2) Beasant; Dembele, Wells, Worley, Ashton; Bond, Whelpdale, Pett, Lee; Charles, Marriott.

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8:00am Tue 12 Aug 14

Watfordpete says...

Hartlepool Town? I see the work experience lad is in again.
Hartlepool Town? I see the work experience lad is in again. Watfordpete
  • Score: 3

8:23am Tue 12 Aug 14

EstebanSemtex says...

Watfordpete wrote:
Hartlepool Town? I see the work experience lad is in again.
Well, technically speaking Hartlepool is a town. ;)
[quote][p][bold]Watfordpete[/bold] wrote: Hartlepool Town? I see the work experience lad is in again.[/p][/quote]Well, technically speaking Hartlepool is a town. ;) EstebanSemtex
  • Score: -3

9:54am Tue 12 Aug 14

McHornet says...

Whose Carlos Acuna...?
Whose Carlos Acuna...? McHornet
  • Score: 4

11:36am Tue 12 Aug 14

T.O says...

Joel Turner, two glaring basic errors there. Poor.
Joel Turner, two glaring basic errors there. Poor. T.O
  • Score: 0

11:44am Tue 12 Aug 14

exeterhornet says...

Westley's sides are usually horrible to play against. For several reasons, one of the most unpopular managers around. I think he will try and rough us up - no problem with that provided its within the rules, but I think we can expect a tough time. Now go out there lads and prove me wrong by smashing them comfortably.
Westley's sides are usually horrible to play against. For several reasons, one of the most unpopular managers around. I think he will try and rough us up - no problem with that provided its within the rules, but I think we can expect a tough time. Now go out there lads and prove me wrong by smashing them comfortably. exeterhornet
  • Score: 6

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