Francois Zoko was Stevenage's hero as his early goal gave League One's bottom club a desperately-needed victory over fellow strugglers Crewe.

Stevenage got off to an ideal start, in the fifth minute, when Zoko controlled the ball in the box and beat Crewe defender Mark Ellis before finishing.

  • Injury-hit Crewe were without midfielders Abdul Osman (foot) and George Evans (foot), strikers Uche Ikpeazu (ankle), Max Clayton (ankle), Ryan Colclough (hernia) and A J Leitch-Smith and defenders Ollie Turton (knee) and George Ray (ankle).

Crewe top scorer Chuks Aneke twice went close to equalising for the visitors.

Zoko's 15th goal of the season leaves backmarkers Stevenage now six points adrift of 20th-placed Crewe.

Crewe made a change in goal, bringing back Neil Etheridge following his return on loan from Fulham earlier in the day.

Injury-hit Alex boss Steve Davis, missing eight outfield players, also had to make a further alteration to the starting line-up for Saturday's 3-1 win at local rivals Port Vale on Saturday, as on-loan Manchester City midfielder George Evans was sidelined with a foot problem.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"We ground out a determined, but very ugly, 1-0 win

"When you get a goal after four minutes you hope it settles the nerves - I don't think it did.

"We'll realise on reflection that we have to be better in possession.

"In terms of grit, determination and work rate, they really did spend themselves tonight."

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I don't think I've had so many players out with injury. It left us a bit short on the bench.

"I won't complain or use the ones we had missing as an excuse for the defeat because I felt we did enough to have at least got a point.

"I'm sure we will have some of our players back for Saturday's home game with Swindon."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (5)

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 22 Obeng
  • 29 Hartley (Akins - 67' )
  • 20 Smith
  • 04 Dembele
  • 05 Ashton
  • 12 Zoko
  • 13 Parrett (Morais - 54' )
  • 09 Charles
  • 24 Doughty (Wedgbury - 77' )
  • 15 Freeman

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 02 Wedgbury
  • 06 Jones
  • 07 Morais
  • 10 Burrow
  • 11 Akins
  • 34 Deacon

Crewe Alexandra

  • 38 Etheridge
  • 02 Tootle
  • 16 Guthrie
  • 42 Grant (Oliver - 90' )
  • 04 Davis Booked
  • 05 Ellis
  • 14 Inman
  • 18 Nolan
  • 26 Aneke
  • 11 Moore (Waters - 84' )
  • 09 Pogba

Substitutes

  • 03 Mellor
  • 06 Dugdale
  • 19 Oliver
  • 21 Garratt
  • 29 Waters
Ref: Darren Sheldrake
Att: 1,970

Match Stats

Shots

8 12

On target

3 1

Corners

5 7

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stevenage 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

90:00 +3:04

Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra).

90:00 +3:04

Jon Ashton (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:53

Attempt missed. Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

89:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Vadaine Oliver replaces Anthony Grant.

89:11

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

83:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Billy Waters replaces Byron Moore.

82:54

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:54

Foul by Filipe Morais (Stevenage).

82:16

Attempt missed. Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

81:58

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Francois Zoko.

81:30

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Filipe Morais.

79:30 Booking

Booking Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

79:18

Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).

79:18

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

78:03

Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

76:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Sam Wedgbury replaces Michael Doughty.

76:20

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Michael Doughty.

72:41

Attempt missed. Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

71:51

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

71:51

Jon Ashton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:12

Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:12

Foul by Darius Charles (Stevenage).

66:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Lucas Akins replaces Peter Hartley.

65:51

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:51

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

64:41

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

63:50

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:50

Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).

62:53

Attempt missed. Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

61:11

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

60:47

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

60:34

Attempt blocked. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

59:46

Attempt missed. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

58:10

Attempt missed. Darius Charles (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

56:51

Attempt missed. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

55:34

Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

53:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Filipe Morais replaces Dean Parrett.

52:53

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:53

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

49:43

Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

49:43

Foul by Bira Dembele (Stevenage).

47:36

Matt Tootle (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:36

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

47:14

Attempt saved. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Stevenage 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

45:00 +2:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stevenage 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

45:00 +2:20

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +2:20

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

45:00 +1:33

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

45:00 +1:33

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

45:00 +0:06

Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

43:44

Attempt missed. Peter Hartley (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

43:04

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Matt Tootle.

41:35

Attempt saved. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

40:09

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

39:59

Attempt blocked. Jon Ashton (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

38:52

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Jon Guthrie.

37:00

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

36:58

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

34:10

Foul by Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra).

34:10

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

31:10

Foul by Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra).

31:10

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

28:50

Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

27:41

Foul by Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra).

27:41

Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:11

Attempt saved. Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

23:13

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Crewe Alexandra).

23:13

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

22:33

Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:33

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

17:31

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

16:36

Foul by Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra).

16:36

Dean Parrett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:54

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:54

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

14:11

Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:11

Foul by Luke Freeman (Stevenage).

8:15

Attempt missed. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

7:46

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

6:47

Byron Moore (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick on the left wing.

6:47

Foul by Curtis Obeng (Stevenage).

4:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 1, Crewe Alexandra 0. Francois Zoko (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jimmy Smith.

2:32

Bradden Inman (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:32

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

1:40

Attempt missed. Mathias Pogba (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

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