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Stevenage 1-0 Crewe Alexandra

Francois Zoko

Francois Zoko was Stevenage's hero as his early goal gave League One's bottom club a desperately-needed victory over fellow strugglers Crewe.

Stevenage got off to an ideal start, in the fifth minute, when Zoko controlled the ball in the box and beat Crewe defender Mark Ellis before finishing.

Crewe top scorer Chuks Aneke twice went close to equalising for the visitors.

Zoko's 15th goal of the season leaves backmarkers Stevenage now six points adrift of 20th-placed Crewe.

Crewe made a change in goal, bringing back Neil Etheridge following his return on loan from Fulham earlier in the day.

Injury-hit Alex boss Steve Davis, missing eight outfield players, also had to make a further alteration to the starting line-up for Saturday's 3-1 win at local rivals Port Vale on Saturday, as on-loan Manchester City midfielder George Evans was sidelined with a foot problem.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

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Post-match: Stevenage boss Westley

"We ground out a determined, but very ugly, 1-0 win

"When you get a goal after four minutes you hope it settles the nerves - I don't think it did.

"We'll realise on reflection that we have to be better in possession.

"In terms of grit, determination and work rate, they really did spend themselves tonight."

Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke:

"I don't think I've had so many players out with injury. It left us a bit short on the bench.

"I won't complain or use the ones we had missing as an excuse for the defeat because I felt we did enough to have at least got a point.

"I'm sure we will have some of our players back for Saturday's home game with Swindon."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 22Obeng
  • 29HartleySubstituted forAkinsat 67'minutes
  • 20Smith
  • 4Dembele
  • 5Ashton
  • 12Zoko
  • 13ParrettSubstituted forMoraisat 54'minutes
  • 9Charles
  • 24DoughtySubstituted forWedgburyat 77'minutes
  • 15Freeman

Substitutes

  • 1Arnold
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 6Jones
  • 7Morais
  • 10Burrow
  • 11Akins
  • 34Deacon

Crewe

  • 38Etheridge
  • 2Tootle
  • 16Guthrie
  • 42GrantSubstituted forOliverat 90'minutes
  • 4DavisBooked at 80mins
  • 5Ellis
  • 14Inman
  • 18Nolan
  • 26Aneke
  • 11MooreSubstituted forWatersat 84'minutes
  • 9Pogba

Substitutes

  • 3Mellor
  • 6Dugdale
  • 19Oliver
  • 21Garratt
  • 29Waters
Referee:
Darren Sheldrake
Attendance:
1,970

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra).

  4. Post update

    Jon Ashton (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Vadaine Oliver replaces Anthony Grant.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Mark Ellis.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Billy Waters replaces Byron Moore.

  9. Post update

    Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Filipe Morais (Stevenage).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Francois Zoko.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Filipe Morais.

  14. Booking

    Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).

  16. Post update

    Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Sam Wedgbury replaces Michael Doughty.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Michael Doughty.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient33207666323467
2Wolves31207454203467
3Brentford31206554312366
4Preston331613446331361
5Rotherham321610658431558
6Peterborough311641151411052
7Walsall32121193731647
8Swindon33137135044646
9MK Dons33137134845346
10Port Vale32134154449-543
11Bradford3291494338541
12Sheff Utd31108133338-538
13Gillingham33115174255-1338
14Coventry31138105956337
15Oldham33107163746-937
16Carlisle32106163754-1736
17Colchester30811113639-335
18Crawley2781183236-435
19Tranmere3298153855-1735
20Crewe3397173762-2534
21Bristol City33614134755-832
22Shrewsbury32710153143-1231
23Notts County3393214255-1330
24Stevenage3184192950-2128
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