Marcus Haber's strike was enough for Stevenage to beat high-flying Brentford and end a six-match losing run.

The hosts dictated the first half with Gavin Mahon - playing against his former club - and Haber both hitting the woodwork from headers.

After the break, Clayton Donaldson had the Bees' first chance when he was sent through, but saw his strike saved.

Boro finally went ahead when Haber got on the end of a Mark Roberts header forward and finished neatly.

Haber's goal forced the promotion-chasing visitors into action, with Steve Arnold making a great save to deny Bradley Wright-Phillips.

However, they were unable to find an equaliser and Stevenage came close to scoring again, with Sam Hoskins turning on the edge of the box before unleashing a powerful strike that was saved by Simon Moore.

The result means Brentford, who could have moved level on points with second-placed Sheffield United with a win, fall to fifth, behind Yeovil on goal difference.

Stevenage secured only their third win in 2013 and stay 15th, 10 points above the relegation zone.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage manager Gary Smith told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"That was a much better night for all concerned, certainly if you're a Stevenage fan. From start to finish we looked a side competing for something special.

"No criticism of the group whatsoever in the first half other than we didn't really punish them for the opportunities created.

"The challenge for us was to make sure the second period was just as competitive and to find somehow, some way, the difference in the game.

"The team performance was a very, very good one, as good as anything we've seen here this year."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Stevenage

  • 01 Arnold
  • 02 Gray
  • 04 Charles
  • 14 Roberts
  • 22 Comminges
  • 06 Tansey (Grant - 85' )
  • 08 Dunne Booked (Akins - 90' )
  • 18 Mahon
  • 09 Haber
  • 15 Freeman
  • 30 Hoskins (Shroot - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 16 Day
  • 21 Iro
  • 07 Grant
  • 20 Jeffrey
  • 32 Shroot
  • 11 Akins
  • 28 Beleck

Brentford

  • 21 Moore
  • 05 Craig
  • 06 Dean
  • 24 Bidwell (Forrester - 46' )
  • 32 Moore
  • 04 Forshaw
  • 08 Douglas
  • 12 Adeyemi (Dallas - 79' )
  • 22 Reeves (Logan - 46' )
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 17 Wright-Phillips Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 14 Logan
  • 15 Dallas
  • 20 Diagouraga
  • 11 Trotta
  • 19 Forrester
  • 23 Hayes
Ref: Pawson
Att: 2,794

Match Stats

Shots

10 6

On target

3 5

Corners

8 2

Fouls

8 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:13 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +3:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony Craig on Lucas Akins. Steve Arnold takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:24

Stuart Dallas takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +2:24 Substitution

Substitution Robin Shroot joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sam Hoskins.

90:00 +2:24

Unfair challenge on Harry Forrester by Lucas Akins results in a free kick.

89:09 Substitution

Substitution Lucas Akins joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Dunne.

84:13

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Luke Freeman.

84:13 Substitution

Substitution (Stevenage) makes a substitution, with Anthony Grant coming on for Greg Tansey.

83:39

Sam Hoskins takes a shot. Save by Simon Moore.

83:03

Bradley Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Save by Steve Arnold.

82:20

The official flags Clayton Donaldson offside. Steve Arnold takes the free kick.

80:45

The official flags Bradley Wright-Phillips offside. Steve Arnold takes the free kick.

78:48 Substitution

Substitution Stuart Dallas on for Tom Adeyemi.

78:20

Adam Forshaw takes a shot. Comfortable save by Steve Arnold.

74:57

Mark Roberts provided the assist for the goal.

74:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Marcus Haber - Stevenage 1 - 0 Brentford Marcus Haber scores a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Stevenage 1-0 Brentford.

73:07

Unfair challenge on Bradley Wright-Phillips by James Dunne results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Simon Moore.

72:10

Headed cross/shot by Tony Craig, save made by Steve Arnold.

70:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Greg Tansey by Harry Forrester. Greg Tansey restarts play with the free kick.

69:08

The referee blows for offside against Clayton Donaldson. Steve Arnold restarts play with the free kick.

67:45

The assistant referee signals for offside against James Dunne. Free kick taken by Simon Moore.

67:12

The assistant referee flags for offside against Bradley Wright-Phillips. Steve Arnold restarts play with the free kick.

65:32

The official flags Luke Freeman offside. Simon Moore takes the indirect free kick.

64:11

Free kick crossed left-footed by Luke Freeman from right channel, clearance by Clayton Donaldson.

64:11 Booking

Booking Bradley Wright-Phillips goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

64:07

Liam Moore gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marcus Haber.

63:12

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Hoskins by Liam Moore. Free kick crossed left-footed by Luke Freeman, Liam Moore makes a clearance.

61:14

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Greg Tansey.

58:49

Darius Charles crosses the ball, Close range header by Greg Tansey misses to the right of the target.

57:48

Adam Forshaw restarts play with the free kick.

57:48 Booking

Booking James Dunne is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

57:37

Tom Adeyemi fouled by James Dunne, the ref awards a free kick.

56:33

Liam Moore challenges Mark Roberts unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Dunne crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

55:06

A cross is delivered by Harlee Dean, save by Steve Arnold.

54:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clayton Donaldson by Darius Charles. Adam Forshaw crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Mark Roberts makes a clearance.

53:40

Marcus Haber challenges Adam Forshaw unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony Craig restarts play with the free kick.

52:00

Bradley Wright-Phillips has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

51:25

Sam Hoskins is caught offside. Simon Moore takes the indirect free kick.

48:49

Sam Hoskins has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

46:26

Clayton Donaldson takes a shot. Save made by Steve Arnold.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Shaleum Logan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jake Reeves.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Harry Forrester comes on in place of Jake Bidwell.

45:00 +1:07 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

41:36

Effort on goal by Sam Hoskins from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

39:42

A cross is delivered by Luke Freeman.

38:33

Foul by Tom Adeyemi on Miguel Comminges, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Darius Charles, clearance made by Liam Moore.

37:23

Bradley Wright-Phillips sends in a cross, Mark Roberts makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Forshaw from the left by-line, Darius Charles makes a clearance.

35:00

Luke Freeman sends in a cross, Marcus Haber takes a shot. Save made by Simon Moore. Corner taken by Luke Freeman from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Clayton Donaldson.

33:25

Sam Hoskins is penalised for a handball. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Jake Bidwell from right channel, clearance by David Gray.

33:00

Corner taken right-footed by Adam Forshaw from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Mark Roberts.

32:10

Darius Charles fouled by Jonathan Douglas, the ref awards a free kick. Darius Charles takes the direct free kick.

30:57

Bradley Wright-Phillips crosses the ball, save made by Steve Arnold.

29:06

Unfair challenge on Adam Forshaw by Marcus Haber results in a free kick. Jake Reeves takes the free kick.

26:57

David Gray produces a cross, Liam Moore manages to make a clearance.

24:39

Bradley Wright-Phillips takes a shot. Comfortable save by Steve Arnold.

23:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sam Hoskins by Liam Moore. Greg Tansey restarts play with the free kick.

22:01

Foul by Tom Adeyemi on James Dunne, free kick awarded. Miguel Comminges takes the free kick.

21:08

Luke Freeman takes a long range shot clearing the bar.

19:52

Centre by David Gray, blocked by Jake Bidwell. Corner taken by Luke Freeman from the right by-line, Harlee Dean makes a clearance.

18:48

Corner taken by Greg Tansey from the left by-line, comfortable save by Simon Moore.

16:15

Corner from the left by-line taken by Greg Tansey, Marcus Haber takes a shot. Effort from inside the six-yard box by Darius Charles goes wide right of the goal.

15:37

The assistant referee signals for offside against Sam Hoskins. Simon Moore restarts play with the free kick.

11:44

The ball is sent over by Miguel Comminges, save by Simon Moore.

10:10

Centre by Bradley Wright-Phillips, save by Steve Arnold.

8:31

The offside flag is raised against Bradley Wright-Phillips. Steve Arnold takes the indirect free kick.

8:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Freeman on Adam Forshaw. Indirect free kick taken by Liam Moore.

5:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Hoskins on Liam Moore. Adam Forshaw takes the indirect free kick.

4:40

Corner from the right by-line taken by Luke Freeman, Header from close range by James Dunne bounces off the post.

3:39

Inswinging corner taken by Luke Freeman from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Clayton Donaldson.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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