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Stevenage continue their Tuesday night unbeaten record at the Lamex Stadium

2 April 2014

By Tony Leighton

Stevenage captain Jon Ashton would love his relegation-threatened team to play all of their home matches on Tuesday evenings - and with good reason.

In their eight Tuesday night outings at the Lamex Stadium this season Boro are unbeaten in Sky Bet League 1 and cup fixtures.

They have dispatched Championship promotion hopefuls Ipswich Town out of the Capital One Cup and beaten League 1 rivals Milton Keynes Dons and Leyton Orient in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

In league matches they have beaten Swindon Town, Gillingham and Crewe Alexandra while battling out deserved draws with fifth-placed Preston North End and, this week, leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

"I don't know what it is about Tuesday nights here," central defender Ashton told football-league.co.uk, "but we certainly seem to enjoy them.

"The fans are always with us no matter what day we play, but the atmosphere is always fantastic at night games and we must be doing something right - maybe we should think about switching all of our home games to Tuesdays!"

If Boro's Tuesday night home performances and results could be expanded into the rest of their League 1 campaign they would surely be up around the likes of Preston and Wolves and not trying to fight their way out of the bottom four.

They proved the point in this week's Tuesday night fixture at the Lamex, which they started at the foot of the table in a top versus bottom clash that ended in a goalless draw but could have seen them topple Wolves.

Ashton said: "We executed our game plan well and it was pretty even. We were disappointed not to win, but we kept a clean sheet and might have nicked it.

"We certainly matched the top team in the division and that will help confidence with some very important games we've got coming up."

Boro's next two games are against Shrewsbury Town and Colchester United, both of them also involved in the relegation scrap.

And with Ashton and his colleagues having suffered just two defeats in their past 10 outings, belief is growing that they can move up from 23rd and get out of the bottom four.

"We're in a decent run of form," said the skipper, "and that should stand us in good stead over the last six games of the season. We're 14th in the table in terms of results in 2014 and we know that we're not a bottom-of-the-table team.

"We've got confidence in ourselves and each other and we firmly believe we will be a League 1 club again next season. It will be hard work, but we can do it."

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