A goal from Max Ehmer was enough to beat struggling Hartlepool and hand Graham Westley victory in his first game back in charge of Stevenage.

Charlie Wyke tested home keeper Steve Arnold early on while James Dunne went close for Boro with a header.

On-loan QPR defender Ehmer broke the deadlock 14 minutes from time when he latched on to a deflected effort and slotted past Scott Flinders.

Defeat leaves Pools eight points adrift of safety with four games remaining.

Westley was appointed for his third spell in charge at Stevenage last week following his sacking by Preston in January.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"Everybody at the club was pleased to see me back I think, that was the feeling I got, and the players put on a really strong performance.

"There's no easy games at this level and we knew that they'd come and give nothing away. We wanted to make sure that we didn't concede too many chances and we didn't.

"I didn't have any doubt about the players - I think they played with an intent, they played to win the game and they did exactly what they set out to do.

"We want to make sure going into next year that people are looking at Stevenage knowing they're a difficult side to play that usually wins its games."

Match Stats

Shots

7 11

On target

4 8

Corners

4 3

Fouls

16 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:20 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

86:50

Shot from 18 yards from Sam Collins. Blocked by Bondz N'Gala.

85:28

Free kick crossed by Neil Austin.

85:28 Substitution

Substitution Greg Rutherford joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jonathan Franks.

85:28

Bondz N'Gala challenges Luke James unfairly and gives away a free kick.

79:54

Unfair challenge on Luke James by Max Ehmer results in a free kick. Neil Austin delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, Anthony Grant makes a clearance.

79:13 Substitution

Substitution Roarie Deacon is brought on as a substitute for Lucas Akins.

77:43

Luke Freeman takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders.

75:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Max Ehmer - Stevenage 1 - 0 Hartlepool Goal scored by Max Ehmer from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Stevenage 1-0 Hartlepool.

74:18

Luke James takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Roberts.

70:43

Direct free kick taken by Darren Holden.

70:43 Booking

Booking James Dunne receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

70:22

Foul by James Dunne on Andy Monkhouse, free kick awarded.

68:27

Marcus Haber concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Collins. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

67:30

Effort from the edge of the box by Luke James goes wide of the left-hand post.

65:42 Substitution

Substitution Luke James joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jack Baldwin.

64:57

Luke Freeman has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.

63:39

Free kick crossed by Anthony Grant.

63:39 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Andy Monkhouse for unsporting behaviour.

63:31

Andy Monkhouse challenges James Dunne unfairly and gives away a free kick.

62:33

Lucas Akins produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

62:03

Corner taken by Luke Freeman played to the near post, save by Scott Flinders.

59:44 Substitution

Substitution (Stevenage) makes a substitution, with Filipe Morais coming on for Daniel Lopez.

57:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Wyke by Bondz N'Gala. Simon Walton produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Steve Arnold makes a comfortable save.

56:05

Shot from just outside the area by Jonathan Franks goes over the bar.

53:31

A cross is delivered by Luke Freeman, clearance by Sam Collins. James Dunne takes a inswinging corner to the near post, David Gray has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

52:43

Corner taken by Luke Freeman, Sam Collins manages to make a clearance.

52:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Grant by Ritchie Humphreys. Direct free kick taken by James Dunne.

51:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Anthony Grant by Charlie Wyke. Steve Arnold restarts play with the free kick.

51:02

Effort on goal by Neil Austin from 25 yards. Blocked by Luke Freeman.

47:37

Free kick taken by Simon Walton. Neil Austin has a drilled shot. Save made by Steve Arnold.

47:37 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Mark Roberts for unsporting behaviour.

47:16

Unfair challenge on Charlie Wyke by Mark Roberts results in a free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +3:18 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +1:45

Sam Collins gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Daniel Lopez. James Dunne restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:18

Marcus Haber takes a shot. Save made by Scott Flinders.

44:20

Corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Franks from the right by-line, clearance made by Anthony Grant.

43:24

Foul by Marcus Haber on Simon Walton, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Neil Austin, Anthony Grant makes a clearance.

41:52

James Dunne challenges Jack Baldwin unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Simon Walton.

37:40

Sam Collins restarts play with the free kick.

37:40 Booking

Booking Anthony Grant is given a yellow card.

37:22

Jack Baldwin fouled by Anthony Grant, the ref awards a free kick.

33:43

Foul by James Dunne on Ritchie Humphreys, free kick awarded. Neil Austin crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Max Ehmer.

32:22

Marcus Haber concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Collins. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

31:29

Shot from 25 yards from Sam Collins. James Dunne gets a block in. Corner taken by Jonathan Franks, save by Steve Arnold.

30:53

Darren Holden crosses the ball, clearance by Mark Roberts. Corner taken right-footed by Jonathan Franks, Anthony Grant manages to make a clearance.

27:53

Neil Austin concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Freeman. Free kick crossed left-footed by Luke Freeman, clearance by Andy Monkhouse.

26:26

Free kick taken by Luke Freeman.

26:26 Booking

Booking Jack Baldwin is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

25:56

Jack Baldwin challenges Luke Freeman unfairly and gives away a free kick.

25:08

Shot from just outside the box by Darren Holden goes over the target.

24:34

James Dunne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Walton. Simon Walton takes the direct free kick.

23:42

The ball is delivered by Luke Freeman, clearance made by Peter Hartley.

18:57

Free kick taken by James Dunne.

18:57 Substitution

Substitution Robin Shroot goes off and Anthony Grant comes on.

18:57

Foul by Jack Baldwin on Robin Shroot, free kick awarded.

17:34

Marcus Haber gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Collins. Scott Flinders restarts play with the free kick.

14:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marcus Haber on Simon Walton. Neil Austin takes the free kick.

13:08

Andy Monkhouse takes a shot. Blocked by Mark Roberts.

9:21

Unfair challenge on Daniel Lopez by Ritchie Humphreys results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Luke Freeman, Jack Baldwin makes a clearance.

7:52

Simon Walton fouled by James Dunne, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sam Collins. Charlie Wyke takes a shot. Comfortable save by Steve Arnold.

6:23

Andy Monkhouse is caught offside. Steve Arnold restarts play with the free kick.

2:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Walton by Luke Freeman. Direct free kick taken by Sam Collins.

1:50

Luke Freeman takes a shot from 20 yards. Save made by Scott Flinders.

0:39

Inswinging corner taken by Robin Shroot from the left by-line, Scott Flinders makes a comfortable save.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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