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Stevenage 3-2 Walsall

Luke Freeman playing for Stevenage.

Luke Freeman's late strike against Walsall sealed a first win in 11 games for already-relegated Stevenage.

Boro took the lead when Jimmy Smith found some space and fired home from close range, before the visitors struck twice in five minutes after the break.

Malvind Benning latched on to Milan Lalkovic's pass to score and Craig Westcarr tapped in, with Jo N'Guessan then equalising with a neat finish.

Freeman completed the comeback for relegated Boro with an easy tap-in.

Stevenage Manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It's a strange feeling winning at home, unfortunately. It's been a long hard season, a trial for the fans, who were again here for us today, and I'm delighted the boys have been able to give them something to smile about.

"There was some energy to want to win the game. There was some work rate and lads giving their all. Some of the senior players will be looking in the mirror tonight and be thinking 'did I give as much as that when I was called upon?'

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Stevenage boss Graham Westley on Walsall win

"We weren't brilliant. We didn't play great football, but we did work at the basics, and those basics saw us home with a good three points.

"I think Jimmy's (Smith) been brilliant for us this season. He's been a real man about things, he's obviously not happy being part of a losing side, but he's knuckled down every day and set really high standards. If everyone lived up to Jimmy's standards I think we'd be in a different place."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 22ObengSubstituted forGordonat 45'minutes
  • 29Hartley
  • 20Smith
  • 6Jones
  • 4DembeleBooked at 72mins
  • 8Mousinho
  • 33HendersonBooked at 63mins
  • 28N'GuessanSubstituted forDoughtyat 83'minutes
  • 31OkenabirhieSubstituted forDeaconat 70'minutes
  • 15Freeman

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 10Burrow
  • 17Gordon
  • 24Doughty
  • 26Banvo
  • 27Johnson
  • 34Deacon

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 14BenningBooked at 38mins
  • 12Downing
  • 8Mantom
  • 4Butler
  • 15Chambers
  • 25Sawyers
  • 7ChambersSubstituted forNgooat 85'minutes
  • 9LalkovicSubstituted forBaxendaleat 79'minutes
  • 29BrandySubstituted forBakayokoat 85'minutes
  • 10Westcarr

Substitutes

  • 3Taylor
  • 6Featherstone
  • 13Lewis
  • 16Baxendale
  • 26McQuilkin
  • 27Bakayoko
  • 30Ngoo
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
2,973

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 3, Walsall 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 3, Walsall 2.

Foul by Michael Ngoo (Walsall).

Rohdell Gordon (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Luke Jones.

Attempt blocked. James Baxendale (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Febian Brandy.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Michael Ngoo replaces Adam Chambers.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Michael Doughty replaces Joseph N'Guessan.

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 3, Walsall 2. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Andrew Butler (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Milan Lalkovic.

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

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

Craig Westcarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Jones (Stevenage).

Attempt saved. Malvind Benning (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Booking

Bira Dembele (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bira Dembele (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Roarie Deacon replaces Fejiri Okenabirhie.

Attempt missed. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Rohdell Gordon (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Butler (Walsall).

Peter Hartley (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

Booking

Conor Henderson (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Conor Henderson (Stevenage).

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

John Mousinho (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Febian Brandy (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Jones (Stevenage).

Craig Westcarr (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Mousinho (Stevenage).

Goal!

Goal! Stevenage 2, Walsall 2. Joseph N'Guessan (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jimmy Smith.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves453010555100
2Brentford45271082791
3Preston45231662785
4Leyton Orient452411103883
5Rotherham45231482783
6Peterborough45234181473
7Swindon4519917566
8Sheff Utd44171215163
9MK Dons4517919060
10Port Vale4518621-1460
11Walsall45141615158
12Bristol City45131814357
13Bradford45131715256
14Crawley44141317-655
15Oldham44141218-954
16Gillingham4515723-1952
17Coventry45161316-251
18Colchester45121419-950
19Notts County4515426-1349
20Crewe45121221-2748
21Tranmere45121122-2647
22Carlisle44111122-3044
23Stevenage4511925-2442
24Shrewsbury4591422-2141
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