No fear for Westley as he plots shock No 3

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GRAHAM Westley, the Stevenage manager, has rubbished claims his team will be overawed by the prospect of facing Sheffield United.

The two teams meet at Broadhall Way today with Westley’s side looking to complete a hat-trick of prized scalps following victories over third-placed Sheffield Wednesday and League One leaders Charlton Athletic.

United travelled to Hertfordshire fourth in the table and Westley said: “They’re not doing as well as Sheffield Wednesday and they’re not doing as well as Charlton either.

“They’re a big club with big resources. We won’t under-estimate them but, seeing some of the results we’ve had, I don’t think they’ll under-estimate us either.”

Stevenage are 10th after posting back to back wins over Brentford and Bury. Promoted via the League Two play-offs last season, they thumped Wednesday 5-1 before scoring the only goal of last month’s game against Athletic.

Pointing out that fewer points separate United and Stevenage than stand between the visitors and Chris Powell’s side, Westley said: “I hope it’s not an even game. I have no intention of it being even.

“It’s equal in terms of the numbers we put out on the pitch but I’ve watched my lads in training all week and they’re a fabulous bunch of men.

“I wouldn’t want to put the shirts on the backs of anyone else.”