Stevenage 2-1 Tranmere

Goals from Chris Beardsley and Mark Roberts saw 10-man Stevenage hold on for a victory against Tranmere.

Beardsley put the hosts ahead when he flicked in Lawrie Wilson's long throw but Stevenage then had Ben May sent off for a foul on goalkeeper Paul Rachubka.

But Stevenage, now unbeaten in 11 matches, doubled their lead as Roberts headed in Robin Shroot's free-kick.

Rovers' Joss Labadie converted a penalty after Scott Laird had fouled Mark McChrystal but it was not enough.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

Westley hails striker Beardsley

"I think my memory of the game is the penalty that has been given at the end. We have gone five games without conceding a goal and to have that given has left a very sour taste in my mouth.

"When stuff happens that isn't expected it is about solving problems and once again the players have solved the problem that is in front of them and they have managed to do what it takes to post the three points.

"He [Chris Beardsley] is a fantastic player to manage. He gives you 100% on the training ground every day and on a Saturday afternoon you know exactly what you are going to get from him. He is our top points per game player at the club."

Tranmere manager Les Parry told BBC Radio Merseyside:

"I think we can take a lot of positives out of that. I thought we were the better side in the first half by far.

We have to take our chances - Parry

"We caused them a lot of problems. We've got to take our chances but you're fed of hearing me say that and I'm fed up saying it.

"I was disappointed with both goals - set plays. It's not nice to concede from those especially the second one which was a free header, which is happening too much now.

"That's something we've definitely got to look at. Performance-wise, that was more like us away from home. We battled and we did well."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 02 Wilson
  • 03 Laird
  • 05 Ashton
  • 14 Roberts
  • 08 Long Booked (Cowan - 77' )
  • 22 Aneke
  • 24 Bostwick
  • 15 Freeman Booked
  • 20 Beardsley (Shroot - 41' )
  • 26 Harrison (May - 59' Dismissed )

Substitutes

  • 01 Julian
  • 06 Edwards
  • 32 Shroot
  • 12 May
  • 18 Cowan

Tranmere

  • 23 Rachubka
  • 02 Kay Booked (Holmes - 65' )
  • 06 McChrystal
  • 12 Taylor
  • 16 Buchanan
  • 04 Labadie
  • 08 Welsh Booked
  • 07 Showunmi
  • 14 McGurk (Robinson - 70' Booked )
  • 17 Akins
  • 21 Baxter (Tyriaki - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Coughlin
  • 15 Holmes
  • 11 Robinson
  • 20 Power
  • 09 Tyriaki
Ref: Phillips
Att: 3,376

Match Stats

Shots

8 5

On target

5 1

Corners

2 7

Fouls

19 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +6:21 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +5:38

Corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson from the left by-line, clearance by Chuks Aneke.

90:00 +3:51

The referee penalises Joss Labadie for handball. Chris Day takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Joss Labadie - Stevenage 2 - 1 Tranmere Placed penalty scored by Joss Labadie. Stevenage 2-1 Tranmere.

90:00 +1:19

Scott Laird challenges Mark McChrystal unfairly and gives away a Penalty.

90:00 +0:41

Mark Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joss Labadie. Joss Labadie delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right by-line, save by Chris Day.

89:21

Don Cowan challenges Ash Taylor unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joss Labadie restarts play with the free kick.

87:06

Luke Freeman takes a shot. Ash Taylor gets a block in.

83:36

Robin Shroot provided the assist for the goal.

83:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Mark Roberts - Stevenage 2 - 0 Tranmere Mark Roberts grabs a headed goal from close in. Stevenage 2-0 Tranmere.

83:06

John Welsh concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Freeman. Robin Shroot takes the free kick.

80:46

Enoch Showunmi is ruled offside. Chris Day takes the free kick.

79:46 Substitution

Substitution Jose Baxter leaves the field to be replaced by Mustafa Tiryaki.

79:29

Effort on goal by Jose Baxter from just inside the area clears the bar.

78:16

Chuks Aneke is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.

75:56

Chris Day takes the indirect free kick.

75:56 Substitution

Substitution Stacy Long leaves the field to be replaced by Don Cowan.

75:56 Booking

Booking Andy Robinson is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

75:32

Andy Robinson challenges Jon Ashton unfairly and gives away a free kick.

73:16

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Robinson from the left by-line to the near post, Effort on goal by Lucas Akins from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

69:10

Indirect free kick taken by Paul Rachubka. Corner taken right-footed by Jose Baxter from the left by-line, save by Chris Day.

69:10 Substitution

Substitution (Tranmere) makes a substitution, with Andy Robinson coming on for Adam McGurk.

69:10 Dismissal

Dismissal Ben May shown a red card for serious foul play.

68:38

Foul by Ben May on Paul Rachubka, free kick awarded.

68:12

Chuks Aneke takes a shot. Save by Paul Rachubka.

66:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Welsh by Michael Bostwick. Jose Baxter restarts play with the free kick.

65:12

Handball by Joss Labadie. Stacy Long takes the free kick.

64:30 Substitution

Substitution Danny Holmes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Michael Kay.

63:11

Paul Rachubka restarts play with the free kick.

63:11 Booking

Booking The referee shows Luke Freeman a yellow card.

62:17

Luke Freeman challenges Michael Kay unfairly and gives away a free kick.

60:14

Luke Freeman produces a left-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

58:27

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Stacy Long from left wing, save by Paul Rachubka.

58:27 Substitution

Substitution Byron Harrison leaves the field to be replaced by Ben May.

58:27 Booking

Booking The referee books Michael Kay for unsporting behaviour.

57:55

Michael Kay challenges Luke Freeman unfairly and gives away a free kick.

56:45

Chuks Aneke challenges Joss Labadie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Joss Labadie.

55:49

The referee penalises Adam McGurk for handball. Free kick taken by Stacy Long.

53:25

Adam McGurk concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Bostwick. Indirect free kick taken by Stacy Long.

51:58

Unfair challenge on Joss Labadie by Stacy Long results in a free kick. Mark McChrystal takes the indirect free kick.

51:08

Paul Rachubka takes the free kick.

51:08 Booking

Booking Stacy Long is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

50:51

Foul by Stacy Long on Joss Labadie, free kick awarded.

48:08

Unfair challenge on Michael Kay by Stacy Long results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Kay.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +3:00 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stacy Long on Lucas Akins. Ash Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:43

Stacy Long concedes a free kick for a foul on Joss Labadie. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.

42:53

Jose Baxter takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Byron Harrison makes a clearance.

42:15

Jose Baxter takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Jon Ashton.

39:37

Paul Rachubka restarts play with the free kick.

39:37 Substitution

Substitution Robin Shroot comes on in place of Chris Beardsley.

39:37

Byron Harrison challenges David Buchanan unfairly and gives away a free kick.

37:42

Assist by Lawrie Wilson.

37:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Beardsley - Stevenage 1 - 0 Tranmere Chris Beardsley fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Stevenage 1-0 Tranmere.

35:53

Inswinging corner taken by Stacy Long from the right by-line played to the near post, Chris Beardsley takes a shot. Save by Paul Rachubka. Mark Roberts takes a shot.

35:31

Effort from the edge of the area by Chuks Aneke goes wide of the right-hand upright.

34:22

Chris Day takes the indirect free kick.

34:22 Booking

Booking Booking for John Welsh for unsporting behaviour.

33:59

John Welsh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Beardsley.

30:34

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jose Baxter played to the near post, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Enoch Showunmi misses to the left of the goal.

29:19

Chris Beardsley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Kay. Mark McChrystal restarts play with the free kick.

27:42

Michael Bostwick concedes a free kick for a foul on Enoch Showunmi. Free kick taken by Michael Kay.

25:43

Michael Bostwick gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joss Labadie. Paul Rachubka takes the free kick.

23:55

The official flags Enoch Showunmi offside. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Laird.

21:47

Enoch Showunmi takes a shot. Save by Chris Day.

20:48

Luke Freeman is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Paul Rachubka.

19:50

Corner taken by Luke Freeman from the left by-line played to the near post.

18:47

Header from close in by Lucas Akins misses to the right of the goal.

16:12

Unfair challenge on Lucas Akins by Scott Laird results in a free kick. Adam McGurk crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Chuks Aneke makes a clearance.

15:22

Foul by Adam McGurk on Stacy Long, free kick awarded. Chris Day takes the free kick.

14:39

John Welsh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Bostwick. Chris Day takes the indirect free kick.

13:27

Short corner taken by Jose Baxter from the right by-line. The assistant referee flags for offside against Enoch Showunmi. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

11:18

Unfair challenge on Lawrie Wilson by John Welsh results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Stacy Long from right channel, clearance by Enoch Showunmi.

10:11

Lucas Akins fouled by Jon Ashton, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Michael Kay.

3:28

Lucas Akins concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Laird. Chris Day restarts play with the free kick.

2:57

Unfair challenge on Michael Kay by Byron Harrison results in a free kick. Paul Rachubka restarts play with the free kick.

1:22

Unfair challenge on Chuks Aneke by Adam McGurk results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Scott Laird.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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