Match ends, Stevenage 1, Burton Albion 0.
Stevenage 1-0 Burton Albion
Ian Sharps' late own goal saw Stevenage earn a narrow victory against high-flying Burton Albion.
Stevenage substitute Tom Pett came closest to breaking the deadlock before half-time when his attempted cross bounced back off the crossbar.
Lucas Akins and Phil Edwards went close for Burton as they pressed for a goal.
However, Charlie Adams's 84th-minute effort took a wicked deflection off Brewers captain Sharps, leaving keeper Jon McLaughlin with no chance.
Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:
"I would say it was a very structured, disciplined and hard-working victory. We knew what they would offer, we knew the type of football they would play.
"When you're playing a tactical game against a side that is defensively organised well, you have to break them down slowly but surely.
"Bide your time, show patience, show intelligence, keep your discipline and I think we did all those things.
"Something's emerging and the boys are starting to build in confidence."
Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett told BBC Radio Derby:
"It wasn't a pretty game. I certainly don't think as a spectator I'd be wanting to pay and watch that match.
"I'll be honest, after about 20 minutes you looked at the game and thought this will probably be a 0-0 if you had to put your money on it.
"They certainly didn't cause us any problems and so to come undone with the goal we conceded and the way it went in was very unfortunate.
"We've spoken to the strikers. We've not done enough in the attacking third, I felt our front four weren't dangerous."
- 18ParrettBooked at 14minsSubstituted forPettat 19'minutesSubstituted forDeaconat 78'minutes
- 46JebbSubstituted forBeardsleyat 71'minutes
- 7BellSubstituted forLenihanat 87'minutes
- 18KnowlesSubstituted forHarnessat 70'minutes
- 12BlythSubstituted forAustinat 86'minutes
- Andy Woolmer
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Burton Albion 0.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Darragh Lenihan replaces Lee Bell.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Sam Austin replaces Jacob Blyth.
Own Goal by Ian Sharps, Burton Albion. Stevenage 1, Burton Albion 0.
Substitution, Stevenage. Roarie Deacon replaces Tom Pett.
Foul by Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage).
Damien McCrory (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Stevenage. Chris Beardsley replaces Jack Jebb.
Substitution, Burton Albion. Marcus Harness replaces Dominic Knowles.
Attempt missed. Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Dean Wells.
Corner, Burton Albion. Conceded by Darius Charles.
Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Second Half begins Stevenage 0, Burton Albion 0.
First Half ends, Stevenage 0, Burton Albion 0.
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Adam McGurk.
Foul by Charlie Lee (Stevenage).
Philip Edwards (Burton Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.
David McAllister (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jacob Blyth (Burton Albion).
Attempt saved. Jacob Blyth (Burton Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Substitution, Stevenage. Tom Pett replaces Dean Parrett.
Dean Parrett (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).
Lee Bell (Burton Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Matthew Palmer (Burton Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Foul by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Burton Albion).
Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Lucas Akins (Burton Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.