League One play-off chasers Stevenage were held to an entertaining draw by Bournemouth, playing their first game since Lee Bradbury was sacked.

All the goals came in the first half and the Cherries went ahead through Wesley Thomas's pin-point effort that found the top corner.

Scott Malone then extended the lead when he shot home from 20 yards out.

Luke Freeman's long-range effort pulled one back minutes later, before Michael Bostwick's low strike made it 2-2.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage manager Gary Smith told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"I honestly thought Bournemouth's quality in the opening 20 minutes was as good as I've seen here since I've been at the club.

"They moved it quickly and concisely. The timing and pace of their runs up front caused us a number of problems.

"I thought they deserved their two-goal lead with the quality they showed.

"But our changes did make a difference, in terms of our shape and how we could break up their play, and at 2-2 at half-time we were well and truly in the game."

Bournemouth caretaker manager Paul Groves told BBC Radio Solent:

"I felt the players applied themselves fantastically well. In the first half we controlled major parts of the game.

"All credit to them, they've shown individually there are some good players and, collectively at times, I felt they put some really good passages of play together.

"It's been a difficult week. For any team to lose a manager - a fantastic man - is a big thing. Lee brought these players in and that's a big thing for the group.

"You have to give them great credit for the way in which they have dusted themselves down and tried to get on with their job."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 03 Laird
  • 04 Charles (Chalassitis - 83' )
  • 05 Ashton
  • 14 Roberts Booked
  • 25 Henry
  • 02 Wilson
  • 13 Byrom
  • 24 Bostwick
  • 10 Reid (Myrie-Williams - 68' )
  • 15 Freeman (Long - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Lascelles
  • 08 Long
  • 11 Myrie-Williams
  • 19 Chalassitis
  • 29 Agyemang

Bournemouth

  • 23 Flahavan
  • 03 Cook
  • 18 Francis
  • 22 Malone
  • 34 Addison
  • 04 Cooper
  • 07 Pugh
  • 08 Arter Booked (Gregory - 80' )
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 09 Thomas
  • 30 Hines Booked (Taylor - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Jalal
  • 05 Barrett
  • 40 Zubar
  • 15 Gregory
  • 14 Taylor
Ref: Haywood
Att: 2,550

Match Stats

Shots

8 11

On target

4 9

Corners

3 3

Fouls

14 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:41 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:31

Effort from just outside the area by Lawrie Wilson goes over the bar.

90:00 +3:03

Unfair challenge on Scott Laird by Wesley Thomas results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Stacy Long.

90:00 +1:41

Wesley Thomas produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.

86:55

Jennison Myrie-Williams is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Darryl Flahavan.

82:46 Substitution

Substitution Michael Chalassitis comes on in place of Darius Charles.

79:43

Free kick taken by Chris Day.

79:43 Substitution

Substitution Steven Gregory comes on in place of Harry Arter.

79:43 Substitution

Substitution Lyle Taylor on for Zavon Hines.

79:43

Wesley Thomas is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

78:35

Unfair challenge on Lawrie Wilson by Harry Arter results in a free kick. Joel Byrom restarts play with the free kick.

77:40 Booking

Booking Harry Arter goes into the book.

74:15

Zavon Hines fouled by Michael Bostwick, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Cook restarts play with the free kick.

72:57 Substitution

Substitution Stacy Long joins the action as a substitute, replacing Luke Freeman.

69:45

Wesley Thomas takes a shot. Chris Day makes a save.

68:59

Darius Charles gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steve Cook. Scott Malone restarts play with the free kick.

67:28 Substitution

Substitution (Stevenage) makes a substitution, with Jennison Myrie-Williams coming on for Craig Reid.

64:58

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Joel Byrom, Simon Francis makes a clearance.

64:35

Lawrie Wilson takes a shot. Save by Darryl Flahavan.

62:42

Foul by Michael Bostwick on Marc Pugh, free kick awarded. Harry Arter takes the free kick.

61:58

Darius Charles concedes a free kick for a foul on Marc Pugh. Darryl Flahavan restarts play with the free kick.

59:18

Harry Arter takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.

56:01

The referee blows for offside against Wesley Thomas. Indirect free kick taken by Ronnie Henry.

54:02

Harry Arter fouled by Michael Bostwick, the ref awards a free kick. Steve Cook restarts play with the free kick.

51:33

Free kick crossed by Marc Pugh, Jon Ashton manages to make a clearance.

51:33 Booking

Booking Mark Roberts is booked.

51:17

Mark Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Harry Arter.

50:30

Steve Cook takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.

48:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Roberts on Zavon Hines. Free kick crossed by Marc Pugh.

46:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Francis by Luke Freeman. Simon Francis takes the free kick.

46:09

Darius Charles has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +4:12 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +3:37

Michael Bostwick has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.

45:00 +2:31

Free kick taken by Joel Byrom.

45:00 +2:31 Booking

Booking Zavon Hines booked.

45:00 +2:19

Michael Bostwick fouled by Zavon Hines, the ref awards a free kick.

45:00 +1:48

Shaun Cooper takes a shot. Save made by Chris Day.

45:00 +0:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Bostwick - Stevenage 2 - 2 Bournem'th Michael Bostwick gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stevenage 2-2 Bournemouth.

37:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Freeman - Stevenage 1 - 2 Bournem'th Luke Freeman fires in a goal from long distance to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stevenage 1-2 Bournemouth.

35:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Malone - Stevenage 0 - 2 Bournem'th Scott Malone fires in a goal from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Stevenage 0-2 Bournemouth.

28:23

Shaun MacDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Lawrie Wilson. Joel Byrom restarts play with the free kick.

27:36

The offside flag is raised against Wesley Thomas. Chris Day takes the indirect free kick.

26:37

Corner taken right-footed by Marc Pugh, Zavon Hines takes a shot. Chris Day makes a save.

26:16

Luke Freeman challenges Harry Arter unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Shaun Cooper.

25:04

Jon Ashton challenges Wesley Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Marc Pugh, Luke Freeman manages to make a clearance.

20:25

Jon Ashton concedes a free kick for a foul on Miles Addison. Darryl Flahavan takes the indirect free kick.

19:51

Inswinging corner taken by Joel Byrom from the right by-line.

19:31

Darius Charles takes a shot. Save by Darryl Flahavan.

17:27

Assist on the goal came from Harry Arter.

17:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Wesley Thomas - Stevenage 0 - 1 Bournem'th Goal scored by Wesley Thomas from deep inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Stevenage 0-1 Bournemouth.

14:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Miles Addison by Craig Reid. Darryl Flahavan restarts play with the free kick.

13:28

Wesley Thomas concedes a free kick for a foul on Lawrie Wilson. Chris Day takes the free kick.

12:37

Corner from the right by-line taken by Marc Pugh, Headed effort from inside the area by Miles Addison misses to the right of the goal.

11:17

Foul by Jon Ashton on Zavon Hines, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Harry Arter from right channel.

9:20

Corner from the right by-line taken by Joel Byrom, save made by Darryl Flahavan.

7:39

Foul by Craig Reid on Shaun Cooper, free kick awarded. Miles Addison takes the direct free kick.

7:02

Corner taken right-footed by Marc Pugh from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Michael Bostwick.

6:21

Marc Pugh takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.

4:13

Scott Laird takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide left of the target.

3:16

Wesley Thomas takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.

0:00

The match begins.

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