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Stevenage 2-0 Crawley Town

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.

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Post-match: Stevenage boss Graham Westley

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."

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Richie Barker: Crawley boss on Stevenage defeat

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."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 5Ashton
  • 12Zoko
  • 15FreemanBooked at 22minsSubstituted forAndradeat 78'minutes
  • 6Jones
  • 7MoraisBooked at 29minsSubstituted forBurrowat 64'minutes
  • 14Heslop
  • 17TanseySubstituted forDunneat 88'minutes
  • 29Hartley
  • 24Doughty
  • 20Smith

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 8Dunne
  • 10Burrow
  • 13Parrett
  • 21Tounkara
  • 25Andrade

Crawley

  • 1Jones
  • 3Sadler
  • 10Drury
  • 12Walsh
  • 5McFadzeanBooked at 90mins
  • 9AlexanderBooked at 55minsSubstituted forSinclairat 68'minutes
  • 11Simpson
  • 15BulmanSubstituted forProctorat 69'minutes
  • 32Bennett
  • 21JonesSubstituted forHurstat 81'minutes
  • 16Adams

Substitutes

  • 2Hurst
  • 4Connolly
  • 6Essam
  • 8Torres
  • 14Proctor
  • 20Sinclair
  • 25Maddison
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
2,804

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamCrawley
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home5
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away13
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 2, Crawley Town 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, Crawley Town 0.

Foul by James Hurst (Crawley Town).

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

Booking

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

Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Crawley Town).

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

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.

Hand ball by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

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

Foul by Jordan Burrow (Stevenage).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Andy Drury.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Matthew Sadler.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. James Dunne replaces Greg Tansey.

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

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Luke Jones.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jimmy Smith.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Luke Jones.

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

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Luke Jones.

Foul by Nicky Adams (Crawley Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. James Hurst replaces Michael Jones.

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

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Luke Jones.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Bruno Andrade replaces Luke Freeman.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

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

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Jordan Burrow.

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

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Jamie Proctor replaces Dannie Bulman.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Emile Sinclair replaces Gary Alexander.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Stevenage).

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

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

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Jordan Burrow replaces Filipe Morais.

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

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient14112133112235
2Wolves1310212581732
3Peterborough1410222491532
4Preston147522215726
5Brentford147341917224
6Bradford1464424141022
7Walsall146441714322
8Swindon146262418620
9Port Vale146261919020
10Rotherham145541920-120
11MK Dons145452320319
12Crawley135441819-119
13Coventry148333122917
14Colchester143741318-516
15Carlisle134361324-1115
16Oldham134271619-314
17Stevenage144281521-614
18Shrewsbury142751316-313
19Gillingham143381724-712
20Sheff Utd143381321-812
21Tranmere143381428-1412
22Crewe143381231-1912
23Bristol City131662026-69
24Notts County1321101424-107
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