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Stevenage 2-1 Accrington Stanley

Goals from Chris Whelpdale and Charlie Lee helped Stevenage leapfrog Accrington in the League Two table.

Whelpdale put the hosts ahead in the opening minute with a tap-in after Stanley's debutant keeper Jesse Joronen made a hash of a punched clearance.

Lee Molyneux equalised in the 19th minute, cutting in from the left and firing low into the bottom corner.

Lee scored the winner shortly after the break with a rising drive into the top corner from Chris Beardsley's lay-off.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Stevenage boss Graham Westley on Accrington win

"We weren't fantastic. I don't think anyone will go away and say that was an exceptional performance.

"The crowd were quiet and the atmosphere was very subdued.

"I think we showed grit and determination, the back four was solid enough over the 90 minutes, we didn't give too many defensive errors.

"It's not easy to get that fluidity and that fluency and that organisation that you need to consistently win. To be where we are is a fair reflection of what we've done this season."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 25Henry
  • 5Ashton
  • 19Wells
  • 9Charles
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 12McAllister
  • 18ParrettSubstituted forJebbat 56'minutes
  • 11PettSubstituted forAdamsat 45'minutes
  • 20BeardsleyBooked at 45minsSubstituted forLancasterat 75'minutes
  • 22Lee

Substitutes

  • 1Beasant
  • 23Okimo
  • 24Lancaster
  • 32Conlon
  • 46Jebb
  • 49Adams
  • 50Clarke

Accrington

  • 30Joronen
  • 25Atkinson
  • 5Aldred
  • 21MolyneuxSubstituted forBarryat 85'minutes
  • 16Hunt
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 24Proctor
  • 6Winnard
  • 4Joyce
  • 19MaguireSubstituted forMcCartanat 64'minutes
  • 9GraySubstituted forCarverat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7McCartan
  • 8Windass
  • 10Hatfield
  • 12Simpson
  • 14Carver
  • 15Mingoia
  • 23Barry
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
2,398

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamAccrington
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 2, Accrington Stanley 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, Accrington Stanley 1.

Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David McAllister (Stevenage).

Marcus Carver (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Wells (Stevenage).

Andrew Proctor (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Wells (Stevenage).

Attempt missed. Nicky Hunt (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Dean Wells.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Anthony Barry replaces Lee Molyneux.

Attempt missed. Darius Charles (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Atkinson (Accrington Stanley).

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Marcus Carver replaces James Gray.

Dean Wells (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James Gray (Accrington Stanley).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Cameron Lancaster replaces Chris Beardsley.

Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John O'Sullivan (Accrington Stanley).

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

Foul by Charlie Adams (Stevenage).

Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Lee Molyneux (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Dean Wells (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James Gray (Accrington Stanley).

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Shay McCartan replaces Sean Maguire.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Dean Wells.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Robert Atkinson.

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

Chris Beardsley (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Robert Atkinson (Accrington Stanley).

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

Foul by Tom Aldred (Accrington Stanley).

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Dean Wells.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Jack Jebb replaces Dean Parrett.

Charlie Adams (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Joyce (Accrington Stanley).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wycombe138411981128
2Bury1382323111226
3Burton138141615125
4Luton13733149524
5Plymouth13715148622
6Morecambe137151612422
7Shrewsbury136341610621
8Southend136341311221
9Newport135441613319
10Cheltenham135441313019
11Cambridge135352315818
12Northampton135352219318
13Wimbledon135352021-118
14Portsmouth134541112-117
15Stevenage135261619-317
16Mansfield135261216-417
17Exeter134451417-316
18Accrington135171824-616
19Dag & Red134271621-514
20Oxford Utd133461318-513
21Carlisle133371522-712
22Hartlepool13328820-1211
23York131751118-710
24Tranmere132381118-79
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