ECHOSPORT talks to keen Stevenage fan Reece Donnelly ahead of tonight’s Carabao Cup clash.

What have you made of the season so far?

“Stevenage’s start to the season has been rocky to say the least. Uninspiring performances and two losses.

"A lot of injuries to the squad really hasn’t helped and things have become a bit unsettled but there’s still confidence that this season can be a good one.

"I would be lying if I said some worry hadn’t settled in.”

How important would a cup run be for the club?

“Dino Maamria (manager) and the chairman have both spoken about how much they would like a cup run.

"Cup runs keep clubs like us going. While it’s come at a bad time I still think it’ll be taken seriously due to the need for a run and to instil some confidence in the team.

"No offence to Southend but it is a good opportunity to get through.”

What’s Stevenage’s record like in the cup?

“It’s been OK as a whole. Last year we took Norwich City to the 90th minute before a sucker punch.

"We’ve beaten Ipswich Town twice in the first round in the last seven years. We’ve never really gone very far in it but we have definitely claimed some scalps.”

Who would you say is the dangerman?

“Paul Taylor has looked really lively since he’s come in but I’ll plump for former Colchester United man Kurtis Guthrie.

"While being tall, Kurtis has some extraordinary footwork which can be an issue for many a centre-half trying to mark him.

"But, so far in our two games, we have shown little attacking threat.”

Do you think many changes will be made?

“We don’t really have a big enough squad to make too many changes. I think there might be some minimal changes but that’s more to find the rhythm, right personnel and style.”