Massimo Luongo gave Swindon their first league win of the season as they edged past Stevenage.

The midfielder, one of four Tottenham loanees on Swindon's books, scored in the first half with a 20-yard shot past goalkeeper Steve Arnold.

Arnold has earlier made a spectacular save to deny Andy Williams.

After a nervy first-half, Boro improved after the break but Greg Tansley blazed over and Dani Lopez missed an easy header from four yards out.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Swindon Town caretaker manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"In the first half it should have been all over. It's definitely the best we've played and the football was exceptional.

"When you play that well and you go in 1-0 at half-time then there is a bit of pressure and we felt that in the second half.

"The first half was a product of the group getting to know each other."

On taking over the job on a pemanent basis:

"Of course I'd like the job. I've enjoyed the role and everyone has made me feel so welcome. It seems to be getting better every week."

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We've made a lot of changes and we're realistic enough to know it would take time to settle the side down and get us playing to the type of level that we need to play at.

"In the first half, I think our way of playing was a little bit confused. We talked to the players about intelligent football, being prepared to turn sides as well as being prepared to play, and I think we were a bit predictable.

"I thought we were much better [in the second half]. When you're building a new side, it's difficult for the team to understand changes after a great win like Tuesday's [against Ipswich], but possibly I should have used my experience to change the side up today.

"The learning process is never an easy one. I think you've got to make sure you don't get carried away when things go well, and don't get carried away when things don't go so well."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Swindon

  • 01 Foderingham
  • 02 Thompson
  • 03 Byrne
  • 05 Hall
  • 22 Ward
  • 06 Reis (Smith - 80' )
  • 07 Harley Booked (Thompson - 90' Booked )
  • 08 Luongo
  • 15 Kasim
  • 32 Storey Booked
  • 10 Williams

Substitutes

  • 25 Belford
  • 14 McEveley
  • 21 Smith
  • 23 Barthram
  • 41 Archibald-Henville
  • 19 Thompson
  • 17 Waldon

Stevenage

  • 01 Arnold
  • 02 Wedgbury
  • 03 Hills
  • 05 Ashton
  • 09 Charles
  • 07 Morais (Shroot - 68' )
  • 14 Heslop (Dunne - 49' )
  • 15 Freeman
  • 17 Tansey
  • 10 Burrow (Lopez - 57' )
  • 21 Tounkara

Substitutes

  • 23 Lopez
  • 29 Hartley
  • 40 Smith
  • 08 Dunne
  • 20 Smith
  • 19 Haber
  • 32 Shroot
Ref: Whitestone
Att: 7,133

Match Stats

Shots

12 5

On target

6 1

Corners

10 6

Fouls

7 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:37 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +4:57

Corner taken by Massimo Luongo from the left by-line.

90:00 +4:39

Darren Ward takes the free kick.

90:00 +4:31

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Williams by Sam Wedgbury.

90:00 +3:11

Centre by Miles Storey.

90:00 +2:55

Wes Foderingham takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:46

Daniel Lopez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Grant Hall.

90:00 +2:35

Free kick taken by Steve Arnold.

90:00 +2:30

Louis Thompson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +2:30 Booking

Booking

90:00 +2:16

Louis Thompson concedes a free kick for a foul on James Dunne.

89:51 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Harley leaves the field to be replaced by Louis Thompson.

89:09

Shot by Luke Freeman missed to the left of goal.

88:49

Free kick taken by Greg Tansey.

88:35

The referee shows Ryan Harley a yellow card.

88:35 Booking

Booking

88:23

Simon Heslop fouled by Ryan Harley, the ref awards a free kick.

88:01

Massimo Luongo manages to make a clearance.

87:11

Clearance made by Darren Ward.

86:44

Darren Ward takes the free kick.

86:36

Nathan Byrne fouled by Luke Freeman, the ref awards a free kick.

85:35

Massimo Luongo takes a shot. Steve Arnold catches the ball.

84:01

Clearance by Darren Ward.

83:22

Shot by Alex Smith went wide of the left-hand upright.

82:56

Free kick taken by Wes Foderingham.

82:46

Handball decision goes against Oumare Tounkara.

81:32

Free kick crossed by Luke Freeman.

81:23

Luke Freeman fouled by Nathan Thompson, the ref awards a free kick.

79:55

Ryan Harley takes a shot and went wide left of the target.

79:39

Miles Storey delivers the ball.

79:13 Substitution

Substitution Alex Smith replaces Tijane Reis.

78:48

The ball is swung over by Luke Freeman.

77:17

Miles Storey sends in a cross.

74:13

Clearance by Lee Hills.

73:28

The ball is crossed by Nathan Byrne.

73:21

Nathan Thompson restarts play with the free kick.

73:13

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yaser Kasim by Daniel Lopez.

72:07

Corner taken by Greg Tansey.

71:26

Clearance by Jon Ashton.

71:20

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ryan Harley.

71:05

Miles Storey crosses the ball.

69:19

Corner from the right by-line taken by Luke Freeman.

68:14

Clearance by Jon Ashton.

68:09

Centre by Miles Storey.

67:42 Substitution

Substitution Filipe Morais leaves the field to be replaced by Robin Shroot.

66:00

The ball is sent over by Sam Wedgbury.

65:42

Darius Charles makes a clearance.

65:10

Shot by Greg Tansey went over the net.

64:21

Free kick taken by Darren Ward.

61:32

Oumare Tounkara challenges Darren Ward unfairly and gives away a free kick.

61:14 Booking

Booking

61:14

Caution for Miles Storey.

59:14

The ball is delivered by Sam Wedgbury.

58:32

Oumare Tounkara challenges Wes Foderingham unfairly and gives away a free kick.

57:44

Corner taken by Greg Tansey from the left by-line.

57:28

Daniel Lopez delivers the ball.

56:45 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Lopez comes on in place of Jordan Burrow.

55:36

Corner taken by Ryan Harley.

55:21

Jon Ashton manages to make a clearance.

55:18

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Harley.

54:51

Andy Williams takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

53:38

Darren Ward takes the free kick.

53:28

Jordan Burrow concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathan Byrne.

52:08

Clearance made by Sam Wedgbury.

48:56 Substitution

Substitution James Dunne joins the action as a substitute, replacing Simon Heslop.

48:28

Clearance by Darren Ward.

48:23

Jon Ashton restarts play with the free kick.

48:15

Miles Storey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Wedgbury.

47:10

Clearance made by Lee Hills.

47:05

A cross is delivered by Tijane Reis.

46:25

Clearance made by Darius Charles.

45:40

Darius Charles makes a clearance.

45:13

Clearance by Darren Ward.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +1:39 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:17

Lee Hills manages to make a clearance.

45:00 +1:07

Tijane Reis delivers the ball.

45:00 +0:24

Nathan Thompson takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:15

Lee Hills concedes a free kick for a foul on Tijane Reis.

44:29

Jon Ashton makes a clearance.

44:25

Corner taken by Ryan Harley.

44:11

Clearance by Jon Ashton.

43:55

The ball is swung over by Nathan Byrne.

42:50

Massimo Luongo has an effort at goal.

42:18

The ball is sent over by Lee Hills.

41:51

Grant Hall has a headed effort at goal. Steve Arnold safely holds on.

41:43

Corner taken by Ryan Harley.

41:33

Jon Ashton makes a clearance.

41:21

A cross is delivered by Tijane Reis.

40:18

Clearance by Grant Hall.

40:10

The ball is crossed by Lee Hills.

39:24

Jon Ashton makes a clearance.

35:17

The ball is crossed by Sam Wedgbury.

35:04

Massimo Luongo manages to make a clearance.

34:53

Luke Freeman delivers the ball.

33:14

Nathan Byrne manages to make a clearance.

32:59

Corner taken by Luke Freeman.

32:41

Chance falls to Oumare Tounkara who heads at goal.

32:35

Corner taken by Luke Freeman.

32:03

The ball is swung over by Sam Wedgbury.

31:48

Clearance by Darren Ward.

31:39

The ball is crossed by Luke Freeman.

30:24

Shot by Tijane Reis.

29:49

Darius Charles manages to make a clearance.

29:42

Corner taken by Ryan Harley from the right by-line.

28:48

Oumare Tounkara takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Wes Foderingham safely holds on.

27:47

Andy Williams has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

25:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Massimo Luongo - Swindon 1 - 0 Stevenage Massimo Luongo scores with a left foot finish. Swindon 1-0 Stevenage.

25:00

Centre by Miles Storey.

24:17

Grant Hall takes the free kick.

24:09

Jordan Burrow challenges Grant Hall unfairly and gives away a free kick.

23:29

Steve Arnold restarts play with the free kick.

23:22

Darius Charles fouled by Andy Williams, the ref awards a free kick.

21:03

Header at goal by Darren Ward goes over the frame of the goal.

20:56

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ryan Harley.

20:11

Darren Ward restarts play with the free kick.

19:53

Foul by Jordan Burrow on Darren Ward, free kick awarded.

19:05

Free kick taken by Yaser Kasim.

18:50

Simon Heslop challenges Yaser Kasim unfairly and gives away a free kick.

18:21

Steve Arnold restarts play with the free kick.

18:17

The offside flag is raised against Andy Williams.

17:28

A cross is delivered by Nathan Thompson.

16:22

Wes Foderingham restarts play with the free kick.

16:10

Yaser Kasim fouled by Oumare Tounkara, the ref awards a free kick.

15:36

Nathan Byrne takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Steve Arnold catches the ball.

15:25

Corner taken by Ryan Harley.

14:59

Andy Williams takes a shot. Steve Arnold fumbles the ball.

14:08

Free kick crossed by Greg Tansey.

13:53

Nathan Byrne concedes a free kick for a foul on Sam Wedgbury.

12:23

Free kick taken by Greg Tansey.

11:52

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Heslop by Ryan Harley.

11:01

Clearance by Darren Ward.

10:48

Clearance by Darren Ward.

7:04

Grant Hall manages to make a clearance.

5:46

Darius Charles makes a clearance.

5:27

The ball is sent over by Nathan Thompson.

3:06

Grant Hall makes a clearance.

3:00

Corner taken by Greg Tansey from the right by-line.

2:36

Greg Tansey takes a shot.

1:46

Corner taken by Tijane Reis.

0:00

The referee gets the game underway.

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