Stevenage 3-1 AFC Wimbledon

Stevenage beat AFC Wimbledon to reach the League Cup second round.

The hosts went ahead when Dons defender Pim Balkestein turned Luke Freeman's cross into his own net.

Wimbledon goalkeeper Seb Brown's air kick from Mat Mitchell-King's looping back pass enabled James Dunne to score into an empty net for 2-0.

Luke Moore set up Brendan Kiernan to close the gap, but Stevenage's two-goal advantage was restored as Mark Roberts followed up Marcus Haber's header.

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Stevenage manager Gary Smith told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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'Constructive edge' impresses Smith

"We're all encouraged by the way the game unfolded.

"Of course, if you get off to a good start and score early, it gives everybody a bit of a lift and I thought we were worthy of the two-goal buffer by half-time.

"There was a little spell in the second half where we just lost control of midfield - maybe there was a little fatigue, maybe a little complacency - but there are a lot of new faces in this group and I think the signs are very good.

"There's an awful lot of work to keep reinforcing and to emulate that at the weekend is going be our focus when we get back on the training field."

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