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Matchday Live: Cherries v Stevenage
5:29pm Tuesday 20th November 2012 in Sport
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- Live score: Cherries 1 Stevenage 1.
- Cherries confirm Brett Pitman's return on loan, plus Marc Pugh signs a new three-and-a-half year deal.
- Cherries: James, Francis, Addison, Elphick, Daniels, McQuoid, Arter, MacDonald, Pugh, Grabban, Barnard. Subs: Fletcher, Cook, McDermott, O'Kane, Tubbs, Fogden, Jalal.
Thanks for joining us tonight..... Match report on the website shortly.
FULL-TIME: Cherries 1 Stevenage 1.
Francis's shot from the free kick is deflected away.
Free kick to Cherries on the edge now after Arter was felled.... Last chance maybe.
And moments later, Grabban's shot from the edge of the box is also blocked. Incredible defending from Stevenage.
Simon Francis sees his shot blocked this time as Cherries chase a winner in stoppage time.
Stevenage shot from the edge of the box is parried by David James and cleared.... Cherries will have to be mindful of getting caught on the break here.
Grabban's shot from the corner is blocked.....
Arnold saves well from Addison's header.....
Steve Fletcher on for Josh McQuoid.
Pugh's cross again and Grabban blasts over from close range.... A tale of missed chances thus far.
Wonderful play by Pugh and Daniels down the left, but Addison heads narrowly wide. Great chance to take the lead.....
Shaun MacDonald's shot from distance is well saved by Arnold.
Absolutely fantastic composure from Grabban to set that up, put it on a plate! Game on!!!!! #afcb— @NickDCase 20 November 2012
Yessss come on you reds!!!! You can do this #afcb— @VincentAmy 20 November 2012
Woooooooo!!! UTC UTC!! Get in the Matty Tubbs!! #afcb— @Robbyline 20 November 2012
Cherries have absolutely battered Stevenage and it's well deserved..... Matt Tubbs fires home Lewis Grabban's cross to make it 1-1.
FINALLY! An equaliser! 1-1
Grabban fires over from distance as Cherries continue to hunt for an equaliser.
Come on #afcb at least a point keep our unbeaten run!— @Gook_ 20 November 2012
This is ridiculous! If Stevenage somehow win this game they should be done for robbery. Were killing them #COMEON #afcb— @TomJordan21 20 November 2012
Cherries lacking a bit of tempo we've seen in recent weeks, but this is tough. Stevenage getting 10 men behind the ball and very difficult to break down.
Stevenage are like a medium pace bowler hitting their line and length every delivery. Very difficult to get away, you miss I hit. #afcb— @Mike_afcB 20 November 2012
Unbelievable chance for Grabs! Cant believe he missed it though #afcb— @TomJordan21 20 November 2012
Tonight's attendance is 5,504.
This time it's Daniels bursting into the box from the left channel, but his effort goes wide.
It's all Cherries here, but Stevenage are defending resolutely.
Grabban's volley from close range goes over the bar. Incredible chance to level matters....
Come on boys #afcb #winners— @Chellebelle702 20 November 2012
As Sid Kerley RIP used to say to me at DC 'we'll score 2 this half' #afcb— @AFCB_B5 20 November 2012
Josh McQuoid in action during the first half.
Brett Pitman is unveiled to the Cherries fans before kick-off.
Matt Tubbs coming on for Lee Barnard.....
Lee Barnard in first-half action against Stevenage tonight.....
HALF-TIME: Cherries 0 Stevenage 1.
Charlie Daniels's volley is gathered by Arnold..... Four minutes until half-time.
Cherries trying to get back in this, but are found wanting at the moment.
Greg Tansey slots home from Marcus Habar's cross to hand the visitors the lead....
GOAL: Stevenage take the lead... 1-0
Great save from Arnold from Grabban's header inside the six-yard box.
Prior to that, Lucas Akins blasted over from distance for the visitors.
Barnard's weak header is easily saved by Arnold.
Steve Arnold saves well from Barnard after Arter's teasing cross..... Should have been 1-0.
Wonderful work from Marc Pugh down the left, but Barnard can't get on the end of his cross.
Good start from Cherries, with Barnard and Grabban looking lively from the get-go.
Both sides on the pitch now after Brett Pitman was unveiled to the crowd.... Here we go....
The gaffer – Gary Smith
Smith was appointed Stevenage manager in January 2012 after leaving Colorado Rapids at the end of the 2011 season. A series of injuries towards the end of his playing career saw Smith move into coaching.
By the age of 28, he was with Wimbledon and by 30 he had already gained his UEFA ‘A’ licence coaching badge. He returned to former club Wycombe under Tony Adams in 2004 and he later became assistant first team coach, even taking up the position of assistant manager following Adams’s resignation in November 2004. The club remained unbeaten as he and caretaker manager Keith Ryan took the reins. He moved to Watford in 2005 as assistant academy manager and was quickly promoted to reserve team coach. By 2007, he became a scout at Arsenal and, in 2008, moved to Colorado Rapids as part of a strong strategic partnership between the clubs due to Stan Kroenke’s ownership of both.
He took the job as assistant manager and was thrust in as interim head coach in 2008 after the resignation of the club’s manager. He guided the club from bottom of the league to final day heartache as they just missed out on the play-offs and was subsequently rewarded with a three-year contract. Despite having the smallest budget in the MLS, Smith guided the Rapids to glory as they won the MLS Cup in 2010. He later left the club and just a few months later was appointed manager of Stevenage.
In his first half season with Boro, his side secured a play-off place and almost had a Wembley appearance but for a late loss at Sheffield United in the second leg of the semi-final.
The man in the middle
Tim Robinson from West Sussex takes charge of tonight’s encounter.
This is his first year as a Football League referee and took charge of Stevenage’s 3-2 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Dagenham earlier this season.
The dangerman - Lucas Akins
Yorkshireman Akins started his career with hometown club Huddersfield.
Released by the Terriers in 2008, Akins moved north to Scotland and joined Hamilton, before linking up with Tranmere in 2010.
The 23-year-old man 77 appearances for Rovers, scoring seven goals, but despite being offered a further one-year contract at Prenton Park, Akins handed in a transfer request during the summer and signed a three-year contract with Stevenage in August.
Akins has scored six goals this season for tonight’s visitors and will be the biggest threat to Cherries’ ongoing unbeaten run.
Cherries v Stevenage - stats
Head to head: Matches – 2, Cherries wins – 0, Stevenage wins – 1, Draws – 1.
Previous two meetings: Stevenage 2-2 Cherries, Cherries 1-3 Stevenage.
5:56pm Tue 20 Nov 12
Good Luck lads.....onwards and upwards.
Welcome along to Matchday Live from Goldsands Stadium. Hard to concentrate on the game after the club confirms Brett Pitman has signed on loan from Bristol City and will pen a permanent deal in January.
Marc Pugh, meanwhile, has signed an improved three-and-a-half-year deal, keeping him at the club until 2016.