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Stevenage 0-2 Exeter City

Exeter climbed out of League Two's bottom three after a 2-0 win at Stevenage despite being reduced to 10 men midway through the first half.

Skipper Jordan Moore-Taylor saw red in the 24th minute but two strikes in as many second-half minutes from Lee Holmes and Ollie Watkins earned a surprise victory.

Exeter edged the opening exchanges and nearly took an 11th-minute lead as sloppy defending set up Robbie Simpson, who had his shot hooked off the line by Fraser Franks.

However, Moore-Taylor's desperate tug back on Tom Pett as the midfielder ran in on goal, prompting his sending off, looked to have pushed momentum with Stevenage.

The hosts kept control of possession but struggled to make the breakthrough as the Grecians sat back, with Tyler Walker's shot going into the side netting proving to be as close as they came.

They were made to pay with 20 minutes left as Stevenage's defence fell asleep and Holmes nipped in to score. With the hosts still dazed by this sucker punch, Exeter quickly doubled the lead as a fine passing move carved open 'Boro and allowed Watkins to fire home.

Stevenage hunted for an answer, but were not able to test Bobby Olejnik out as several headers failed to hit the target.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Stevenage

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Jones
  • 22Lee
  • 5Franks
  • 6Wilkinson
  • 33Ntlhe
  • 7McAnuffBooked at 54mins
  • 4King
  • 18Tonge
  • 3FoxSubstituted forKennedyat 59'minutesBooked at 61mins
  • 11PettSubstituted forMcKirdyat 69'minutes
  • 10WalkerSubstituted forHenryat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Liburd
  • 12Preston
  • 13McKirdy
  • 14Kennedy
  • 17Gorman
  • 23Cowans
  • 25Henry

Exeter

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Olejnik
  • 31Sweeney
  • 29Croll
  • 15Moore-TaylorBooked at 24mins
  • 3Woodman
  • 28Stacey
  • 4James
  • 25TaylorBooked at 45minsSubstituted forOakleyat 90+3'minutes
  • 14Watkins
  • 33ReidBooked at 53minsSubstituted forHolmesat 60'minutes
  • 8SimpsonBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 10Holmes
  • 16Oakley
  • 19McAlinden
  • 20Jay
  • 23Riley-Lowe
  • 24Byrne
  • 30Pym
Referee:
Ollie Yates
Attendance:
2,244

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home21
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 0, Exeter City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Exeter City 2.

  3. Post update

    Jack King (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Craig Woodman (Exeter City).

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Tonge (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Matt Oakley replaces Jake Taylor.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Lee Holmes.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  12. Booking

    Robbie Simpson (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Robbie Simpson (Exeter City).

  15. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jamie Jones.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jack Stacey (Exeter City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jamie Jones.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lee Holmes (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kgosi Ntlhe (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Robert Olejnik.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth9612117419
2Portsmouth9522167917
3Luton95131810816
4Doncaster95131811716
5Crewe9441139416
6Carlisle9360129315
7Morecambe95041416-215
8Colchester94231513214
9Notts County94231514114
10Accrington94231312114
11Crawley94231112-114
12Grimsby94141614213
13Mansfield933378-112
14Leyton Orient93241212011
15Hartlepool92521317-411
16Blackpool92431210210
17Barnet8242810-210
18Stevenage93151417-310
19Yeovil93151014-410
20Exeter9306813-59
21Wycombe9225714-78
22Cheltenham91441114-37
23Newport81341014-46
24Cambridge9135714-76
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