Stevenage clearly made a solid start to this season, overachieving on points. After seven rounds in League 2, the team has 16 points under their belt. Accordingly, only five points were lost. Moreover, Steve Evans’ men have won 100% of their home games. That’s a big claim for long-term success in English football.
Currently, however, almost all British sports bookmakers do not see Boro as medal contenders or, accordingly, as promotion hopefuls. Even a place in the top seven, which at the end of the championship would give the club a chance to play in the playoffs, is by no means a guarantee for the club. As things stand, we currently sit in second place behind Leyton Orient.
The key to success at home
First of all, let’s sort out the home results. All our victories have been by a minimum score. They’ve been against opponents who are ranked 12th, 18th and 24th at the start of the second week of September 2022. At the same time, the hosts failed to break even a handicap (-1.5). It indicates the fragility of their tournament position. Against Stockport (2-1), they won against the run of play rather than a clever game plan. By 87 minutes, the visitors were in front; scoring a goal before the end of the first hour of the game. Then, there was a red card and two goals from Boro’ in a short span of time. You could consider it pure luck.
Boro’s loss of points
Boro’ lost points twice on the road, where they finished a couple of games with a 2-1 home win. Opponents Walsall (1-1) and Salford (0-1) were able to make good use of their chances. Once again, it confirmed the rule that Evans’ charges drop drastically in chances if they concede first. There can be no doubt that there will be a number of other point losses from Boro in the near future. Not least as it will be a super heavy schedule for the team from 22 October on. It is then, and right up until the New Year, that our losses are likely to far outnumber our successes. Nevertheless, one would like to be wrong.
Lawfulness of results
Curiously, as of 10 September, Boro’ have played only one matchup against a team ranked higher than 10th in the table. In other words, against a direct competitor. Moreover, on the same evening, there was our only defeat in the league at the hands of Salford; a side who are sitting in fourth place. To sum it up, Boro’ are simply taking their points at the moment. In some places, as in the case of the last game against Stockport, our boys are even jumping over their heads. The successful calendar at the start has also played its part in five wins out of seven matches. Luck also plays into our hands. But it is unlikely to be consistent over the course of the season.
As a prognosis, there is every reason to believe that – closer to the end of the League 2 season – the team will drop into the middle of the table, which will be quite natural. Still, we believe in the best and root for Boro!