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Stevenage 1-0 Crewe Alexandra

Francois Zoko

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.

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:

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Post-match: Stevenage boss Westley

"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."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 22Obeng
  • 29HartleySubstituted forAkinsat 67'minutes
  • 20Smith
  • 4Dembele
  • 5Ashton
  • 12Zoko
  • 13ParrettSubstituted forMoraisat 54'minutes
  • 9Charles
  • 24DoughtySubstituted forWedgburyat 77'minutes
  • 15Freeman

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 6Jones
  • 7Morais
  • 10Burrow
  • 11Akins
  • 34Deacon

Crewe

  • 38Etheridge
  • 2Tootle
  • 16Guthrie
  • 42GrantSubstituted forOliverat 90'minutes
  • 4DavisBooked at 80mins
  • 5Ellis
  • 14Inman
  • 18Nolan
  • 26Aneke
  • 11MooreSubstituted forWatersat 84'minutes
  • 9Pogba

Substitutes

  • 3Mellor
  • 6Dugdale
  • 19Oliver
  • 21Garratt
  • 29Waters
Referee:
Darren Sheldrake
Attendance:
1,970

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Vadaine Oliver replaces Anthony Grant.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Billy Waters replaces Byron Moore.

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

Foul by Filipe Morais (Stevenage).

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

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Francois Zoko.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Filipe Morais.

Booking

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

Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Sam Wedgbury replaces Michael Doughty.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Michael Doughty.

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

Foul by Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra).

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

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

Foul by Darius Charles (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Lucas Akins replaces Peter Hartley.

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

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

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

Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).

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

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Jon Ashton.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

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

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

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

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Filipe Morais replaces Dean Parrett.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient33207666323467
2Wolves31207454203467
3Brentford31206554312366
4Preston331613446331361
5Rotherham321610658431558
6Peterborough311641151411052
7Walsall32121193731647
8Swindon33137135044646
9MK Dons33137134845346
10Port Vale32134154449-543
11Bradford3291494338541
12Sheff Utd31108133338-538
13Gillingham33115174255-1338
14Coventry31138105956337
15Oldham33107163746-937
16Carlisle32106163754-1736
17Colchester30811113639-335
18Crawley2781183236-435
19Tranmere3298153855-1735
20Crewe3397173762-2534
21Bristol City33614134755-832
22Shrewsbury32710153143-1231
23Notts County3393214255-1330
24Stevenage3184192950-2128
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