Goals from Peter Hartley and Michael Doughty earned Stevenage their first back-to-back wins of the season with victory over Crawley.

Hartley put Boro in front early on, nodding home his first goal for the club, with the Red Devils missing several good chances before the break.

Nicky Adams and James Hurst were both denied equalisers, but Doughty sealed victory for the hosts in injury time.

Stevenage move up to 17th, with Crawley dropping a place to 12th.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage boss Graham Westley speaks to BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We tried to seal the deal on the game in the second half and just get our work rate and organisation on top of it but not even that really stopped it.

"We just had to be gutsy and dig in and wait for the late bit of patient counter attack to put a seal on the game.

"Michael Doughty was excellent all afternoon. I think him, Luke Jones and Chris Day were probably my three outstanding performers of the afternoon. But the team really did work hard and showed a lot of guts for each other."

Crawley Town boss Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"We've played worst than that this season and won games and we certainly played worst than that and drawn games as well. It's tough because we've come away and you say to the players there are obvious things to improve on but I can't fault them on their effort.

"The first goal is very disappointing and we knew what we were going to get when we got here and set pieces are a big thing.

"I thought we dominated the game for probably 80% of the game. We had the most shots, the most crosses, the most corners and the most possession by a mile and we've come away with nothing."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 05 Ashton
  • 12 Zoko
  • 15 Freeman Booked (Andrade - 78' )
  • 06 Jones
  • 07 Morais Booked (Burrow - 64' )
  • 14 Heslop
  • 17 Tansey (Dunne - 88' )
  • 29 Hartley
  • 24 Doughty
  • 20 Smith

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 02 Wedgbury
  • 08 Dunne
  • 10 Burrow
  • 13 Parrett
  • 21 Tounkara
  • 25 Andrade

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 03 Sadler
  • 10 Drury
  • 12 Walsh
  • 05 McFadzean Booked
  • 09 Alexander Booked (Sinclair - 68' )
  • 11 Simpson
  • 15 Bulman (Proctor - 69' )
  • 32 Bennett
  • 21 Jones (Hurst - 81' )
  • 16 Adams

Substitutes

  • 02 Hurst
  • 04 Connolly
  • 06 Essam
  • 08 Torres
  • 14 Proctor
  • 20 Sinclair
  • 25 Maddison
Ref: Richard Clark
Att: 2,804

Match Stats

Shots

5 13

On target

3 3

Corners

8 13

Fouls

13 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stevenage 2, Crawley Town 0.

90:00 +4:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, Crawley Town 0.

90:00 +2:00

Foul by James Hurst (Crawley Town).

90:00 +2:00

James Dunne (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:31 Booking

Booking Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:28

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

90:00 +1:28

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

90:00 +0:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 2, Crawley Town 0. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

89:34

Hand ball by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

89:01

Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:01

Foul by Jordan Burrow (Stevenage).

88:43

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Andy Drury.

88:16

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

87:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. James Dunne replaces Greg Tansey.

86:03

Attempt saved. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

85:49

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Luke Jones.

83:36

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jimmy Smith.

83:09

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Luke Jones.

82:58

Attempt blocked. Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

82:40

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Luke Jones.

81:30

Foul by Nicky Adams (Crawley Town).

81:30

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. James Hurst replaces Michael Jones.

79:50

Attempt saved. Bruno Andrade (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

79:07

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Luke Jones.

77:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Bruno Andrade replaces Luke Freeman.

74:17

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

71:43

Attempt missed. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

71:19

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jordan Burrow.

70:49

Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:49

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

68:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor replaces Dannie Bulman.

67:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crawley Town. Emile Sinclair replaces Gary Alexander.

66:42

Foul by Greg Tansey (Stevenage).

66:42

Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:15

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

65:26

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is just a bit too high.

63:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Jordan Burrow replaces Filipe Morais.

62:51

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is too high.

60:39

Attempt missed. Joe Walsh (Crawley Town) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high.

60:03

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Greg Tansey.

58:16

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

55:27

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

55:27

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

54:23 Booking

Booking Gary Alexander (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card.

54:16

Foul by Gary Alexander (Crawley Town).

54:16

Luke Jones (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:32

Attempt saved. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

51:09

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

47:24

Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:24

Foul by Luke Jones (Stevenage).

46:30

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Josh Simpson.

45:00

Second Half begins Stevenage 1, Crawley Town 0.

45:00 +1:55 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stevenage 1, Crawley Town 0.

45:00 +1:47

Attempt missed. Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

45:00 +0:27

Attempt missed. Michael Jones (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

44:53

Attempt saved. Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

43:00

Corner, Crawley Town.

42:54

Attempt missed. Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

42:00

Corner, Crawley Town.

39:51

Attempt missed. Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

38:27

Andy Drury (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:27

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

36:53

Andy Drury (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:53

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

33:31

Foul by Michael Jones (Crawley Town).

33:31

Greg Tansey (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:17 Booking

Booking Filipe Morais (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

28:12

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:12

Foul by Filipe Morais (Stevenage).

25:54

Attempt missed. Matthew Sadler (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

25:23

Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).

25:23

Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:06

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

24:06

Foul by Josh Simpson (Crawley Town).

21:21 Booking

Booking Luke Freeman (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

21:11

Foul by Luke Freeman (Stevenage).

21:11

Nicky Adams (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:48

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

16:48

Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:41

Simon Heslop (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

14:41

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town).

14:15

Foul by Luke Freeman (Stevenage).

14:15

Kyle Bennett (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:22

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Luke Jones.

11:00

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

10:44

Foul by Joe Walsh (Crawley Town).

10:00

Josh Simpson (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:45

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

7:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 1, Crawley Town 0. Peter Hartley (Stevenage) header from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

7:29

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Josh Simpson.

7:13

Foul by Gary Alexander (Crawley Town).

7:13

Peter Hartley (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:09

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Gary Alexander.

5:35

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

5:35

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

0:49

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Chris Day.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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