Two second-half goals from Darius Charles and John Mousinho helped Stevenage to a vital three points against fellow strugglers Tranmere.

Jimmy Smith struck first after charging down a clearance to put Boro ahead.

Charles then converted Lucas Akins' cross to make it two and three minutes later Mousinho fired in off the post to make it three.

Curtis Obeng's late own goal made no difference and means Boro now lie a point behind Tranmere in 21st place.

The result extended the home side's unbeaten run to four league games and ended Rovers' three-match run without a loss.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage Manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"The boys were strong this afternoon. It was a determined display, we did what we had to do, and it was quite convincing on the whole.

"I thought they were having as much of the game as us and I didn't want the game to be that way.

"I wanted us to play on the front foot and take the game to them. I thought the early substitutions worked well and I thought we got ourselves going forward."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 20 Smith
  • 34 Deacon
  • 04 Dembele Booked (Hartley - 85' )
  • 05 Ashton
  • 08 Mousinho
  • 11 Akins
  • 22 Obeng Booked
  • 12 Zoko (Burrow - 93' )
  • 09 Charles
  • 15 Freeman

Substitutes

  • 01 Arnold
  • 02 Wedgbury
  • 10 Burrow
  • 13 Parrett
  • 14 Heslop
  • 23 Reid
  • 29 Hartley

Tranmere Rovers

  • 01 Williams
  • 02 Holmes
  • 14 Cassidy Booked
  • 18 Jennings
  • 04 Taylor
  • 32 Arthurworrey
  • 08 Wallace
  • 22 Koumas
  • 20 Brown
  • 09 Lowe
  • 23 Ridehalgh (Robinson - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Goodison
  • 10 Robinson
  • 12 Rowe
  • 15 Kirby
  • 16 Stockton
  • 17 Power
  • 33 Mooney
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 2,577

Match Stats

Shots

11 2

On target

6 0

Corners

7 5

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stevenage 3, Tranmere Rovers 1.

90:00 +4:04 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stevenage 3, Tranmere Rovers 1.

90:00 +2:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Jordan Burrow replaces Francois Zoko.

90:00 +1:50

Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:50

Foul by Junior Brown (Tranmere Rovers).

89:31

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

89:31

Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:34

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

88:34

Foul by Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers).

87:56 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Curtis Obeng, Stevenage. Stevenage 3, Tranmere Rovers 1.

87:00 Booking

Booking Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

84:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Peter Hartley replaces Bira Dembele.

80:53

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

79:06

Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

73:40 Booking

Booking Owain Williams (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

73:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 3, Tranmere Rovers 0. John Mousinho (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner.

72:46

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:46

Foul by Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers).

70:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 2, Tranmere Rovers 0. Darius Charles (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

69:20

Darius Charles (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:20

Foul by Stephen Arthurworrey (Tranmere Rovers).

65:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Robinson replaces Liam Ridehalgh.

64:51

Attempt blocked. Junior Brown (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

63:06

Hand ball by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

60:26

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

60:26

Stephen Arthurworrey (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:33

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Stephen Arthurworrey.

52:21

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

48:40

Attempt missed. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

48:27

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

47:12

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).

47:12

James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Stevenage 1, Tranmere Rovers 0.

45:00 +2:22 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stevenage 1, Tranmere Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:51

Foul by Bira Dembele (Stevenage).

45:00 +1:51

(Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +1:17

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

45:00 +0:15

Foul by John Mousinho (Stevenage).

45:00 +0:15

Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:48

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by John Mousinho.

43:27

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Luke Freeman.

43:16

Attempt blocked. Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

42:37

Hand ball by Luke Freeman (Stevenage).

40:54

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:54

Foul by Junior Brown (Tranmere Rovers).

34:45

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Danny Holmes.

34:28

Attempt missed. Bira Dembele (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

31:34

Attempt missed. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

27:58

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Curtis Obeng.

27:42

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).

27:42

Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:50

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

26:50

Foul by Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers).

26:36

John Mousinho (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:36

Foul by Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers).

25:15

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

25:15

Ash Taylor (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:22

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Liam Ridehalgh.

23:26

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Owain Williams.

23:10

Bira Dembele (Stevenage) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box.

22:33

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Stephen Arthurworrey.

22:19

Attempt saved. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

20:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 1, Tranmere Rovers 0. Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Darius Charles.

19:00

Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:54

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

13:49 Booking

Booking Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

13:16

Junior Brown (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:16

Foul by Curtis Obeng (Stevenage).

11:19

James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:19

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).

10:05

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Darius Charles.

9:17 Booking

Booking Bira Dembele (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

9:10

Liam Ridehalgh (Tranmere Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:10

Foul by Bira Dembele (Stevenage).

5:29

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

4:09

Foul by James Wallace (Tranmere Rovers).

4:09

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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