Stevenage ended their run of six league games without a win by coming from behind to beat much-fancied Brentford.

Striker Francois Zoko scored twice to lift Boro out of the bottom four.

They looked set for a fifth straight league defeat when Clayton Donaldson touched in a Jonathan Douglas effort, but they were ahead for just a minute.

Zoko pounced on keeper David Button's error to level, before the Ivorian turned in the rebound after Jordan Burrow's shot had been blocked.

Stevenage are up to 19th while Brentford remain in mid-table after a fourth defeat in six league outings.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It was a hard-earned victory. It was never going to be an easy game. They're a tough outfit with some good players and we knew it was going to have to be a decent performance that was required to win the game.

"What a tremendous response from the players [after going 1-0 down]. I think their characters are starting to shine through and they're starting to show what they're truly all about.

"I wasn't watching [Zoko's second goal]. I turned away to speak to somebody and it was in the net. I just had to ask who scored it and that was that.

"You can see that the players are much more focused on winning now. It's no surprise to me that results have turned."

Brentford boss Uwe Rosler speaks to BBC London 94.9:

"Everyone could see we started well, in the first 10 minutes we had three big chances, massive ones. But individual mistakes and they got a goal out of nothing, players lost confidence again, but we had a good long, honest chat after the game so it was a good talk and well needed.

"It's hard to explain that defeat as we should never have lost that game. We have been together for two and a half years together and we have changed the structures of the team, and at times we need to have a chat about how things are going and we had that today.

"We were a point behind this total at the same stage last year, and we all know how that season ended up."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 22 Gray Booked
  • 29 Hartley
  • 14 Heslop Booked
  • 05 Ashton
  • 06 Jones
  • 07 Morais (Andrade - 78' )
  • 20 Smith
  • 12 Zoko
  • 10 Burrow (Dunne - 55' )
  • 11 Akins (Tounkara - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 02 Wedgbury
  • 08 Dunne
  • 13 Cowan
  • 17 Tansey
  • 21 Tounkara
  • 25 Andrade

Brentford

  • 27 Button
  • 14 Logan (Saville - 84' )
  • 24 Bidwell Booked
  • 08 Douglas
  • 06 Dean Booked
  • 38 Taylor (Craig - 50' )
  • 04 Forshaw
  • 20 Diagouraga Booked
  • 29 Trotta (Norris - 70' )
  • 09 Donaldson
  • 12 McCormack

Substitutes

  • 01 Lee
  • 05 Craig
  • 10 El Alagui
  • 17 Saville
  • 19 Fillo
  • 28 Nugent
  • 33 Norris
Ref: Chris Sarginson
Att: 3,225

Match Stats

Shots

6 10

On target

5 5

Corners

5 6

Fouls

18 7

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stevenage 2, Brentford 1.

90:00 +4:40 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, Brentford 1.

90:00 +1:59 Booking

Booking David Gray (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:52

Foul by David Gray (Stevenage).

90:00 +1:52

George Saville (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:01

James Dunne (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:01

Foul by Clayton Donaldson (Brentford).

89:30

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Tony Craig.

88:27

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

88:27

Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick on the left wing.

86:06

Foul by Simon Heslop (Stevenage).

86:06

Luke Norris (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:36

James Dunne (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:36

Foul by Adam Forshaw (Brentford).

83:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. George Saville replaces Shaleum Logan.

81:42

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Tony Craig.

81:20

Attempt blocked. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

81:08

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Oumare Tounkara.

78:25

Foul by Oumare Tounkara (Stevenage).

78:25

Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Bruno Andrade replaces Filipe Morais.

76:33

Attempt missed. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right.

75:43

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

75:43

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Luke Norris replaces Marcello Trotta.

69:22

Attempt missed. Adam Forshaw (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

68:27 Booking

Booking Simon Heslop (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

68:16

Adam Forshaw (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:16

Foul by Simon Heslop (Stevenage).

64:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Oumare Tounkara replaces Lucas Akins.

61:54

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by David Gray.

61:30

Alan McCormack (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

61:30

Foul by James Dunne (Stevenage).

60:03

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

60:03

Adam Forshaw (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:16 Booking

Booking Harlee Dean (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

59:09

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:09

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

57:56

Attempt missed. Alan McCormack (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

56:14

Foul by David Gray (Stevenage).

56:14

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. James Dunne replaces Jordan Burrow.

52:19

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Chris Day.

52:08

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

49:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brentford. Tony Craig replaces Martin Taylor.

48:51

Marcello Trotta (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:44

Foul by Filipe Morais (Stevenage).

47:54

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Luke Jones.

47:22

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by David Gray.

45:38

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Martin Taylor.

45:15

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

45:00

Second Half begins Stevenage 2, Brentford 1.

45:00 +1:55 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stevenage 2, Brentford 1.

45:00 +1:19

Martin Taylor (Brentford) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +1:19

Foul by Jordan Burrow (Stevenage).

44:15 Booking

Booking Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) is shown the yellow card.

44:04

Foul by Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford).

44:04

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:24

Attempt saved. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

40:00

Martin Taylor (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:59

Foul by Jordan Burrow (Stevenage).

39:11

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Shaleum Logan.

38:43

Foul by Harlee Dean (Brentford).

38:43

Jordan Burrow (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:54

Shaleum Logan (Brentford) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

33:49

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:49

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

29:00

Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

25:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 2, Brentford 1. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

25:44

Attempt saved. Jordan Burrow (Stevenage) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

24:28

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Jonathan Douglas.

23:32

Foul by Alan McCormack (Brentford).

23:32

David Gray (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:55

Attempt saved. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

21:57

Attempt saved. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

19:39

Marcello Trotta (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:39

Foul by Luke Jones (Stevenage).

14:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 1, Brentford 1. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

12:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 0, Brentford 1. Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal.

10:16

Jake Bidwell (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:16

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

9:13

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

8:27

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:27

Foul by David Gray (Stevenage).

7:48

Hand ball by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

6:05

Shaleum Logan (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:05

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

2:25

Attempt missed. Harlee Dean (Brentford) header from the centre of the box is too high.

2:11

Corner, Brentford. Conceded by David Gray.

1:33

Clayton Donaldson (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:33

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

0:52

Attempt saved. Marcello Trotta (Brentford) header from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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