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Stevenage 3-1 Tranmere Rovers

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.

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Post-match: Stevenage boss Westley

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."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 20Smith
  • 34Deacon
  • 4DembeleBooked at 10minsSubstituted forHartleyat 85'minutes
  • 5Ashton
  • 8Mousinho
  • 11Akins
  • 22ObengBooked at 14mins
  • 12ZokoSubstituted forBurrowat 90+3'minutes
  • 9Charles
  • 15Freeman

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 10Burrow
  • 13Parrett
  • 14Heslop
  • 23Reid
  • 29Hartley

Tranmere

  • 1Williams
  • 2Holmes
  • 14CassidyBooked at 87mins
  • 18Jennings
  • 4Taylor
  • 32Arthurworrey
  • 8J Wallace
  • 22Koumas
  • 20Brown
  • 9Lowe
  • 23RidehalghSubstituted forRobinsonat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Goodison
  • 10Robinson
  • 12Rowe
  • 15Kirby
  • 16Stockton
  • 17Power
  • 33Mooney
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
2,577

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamTranmere
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home11
Away2
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 3, Tranmere Rovers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 3, Tranmere Rovers 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Jordan Burrow replaces Francois Zoko.

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

Foul by Junior Brown (Tranmere Rovers).

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

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

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

Foul by Jake Cassidy (Tranmere Rovers).

Goal!

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

Booking

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

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Peter Hartley replaces Bira Dembele.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

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

Booking

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

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.

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

Foul by Danny Holmes (Tranmere Rovers).

Goal!

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

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

Foul by Stephen Arthurworrey (Tranmere Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Andy Robinson replaces Liam Ridehalgh.

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

Hand ball by Jason Koumas (Tranmere Rovers).

Foul by Francois Zoko (Stevenage).

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

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Stephen Arthurworrey.

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

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

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

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Stevenage 1, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Stevenage 1, Tranmere Rovers 0.

Foul by Bira Dembele (Stevenage).

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

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Ash Taylor.

Foul by John Mousinho (Stevenage).

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

Corner, Tranmere Rovers. Conceded by John Mousinho.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3322744073
2Leyton Orient3521863571
3Brentford3321752570
4Preston35181341667
5Rotherham34171162162
6Peterborough3417413955
7MK Dons3514714349
8Swindon3513814547
9Walsall35121112147
10Port Vale3414416-746
11Sheff Utd3312813-244
12Coventry3414911341
13Bradford3491411241
14Gillingham3512518-1341
15Colchester3391212-339
16Crawley309129-439
17Bristol City3581413-638
18Oldham3510817-1138
19Carlisle3410717-1837
20Tranmere349916-1936
21Stevenage3410519-1835
22Crewe359818-2735
23Shrewsbury3471116-1332
24Notts County359422-1931
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