Match ends, Stevenage 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.
Stevenage 1-0 Crewe Alexandra
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:
"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."
- 29HartleySubstituted forAkinsat 67'minutes
- 13ParrettSubstituted forMoraisat 54'minutes
- 24DoughtySubstituted forWedgburyat 77'minutes
- 42GrantSubstituted forOliverat 90'minutes
- 4DavisBooked at 80mins
- 11MooreSubstituted forWatersat 84'minutes
- Darren Sheldrake
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Crewe Alexandra 0.
Foul by Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra).
Jon Ashton (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Vadaine Oliver (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Vadaine Oliver replaces Anthony Grant.
Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Mark Ellis.
Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Billy Waters replaces Byron Moore.
Anthony Grant (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Filipe Morais (Stevenage).
Attempt missed. Mark Ellis (Crewe Alexandra) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Francois Zoko.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Filipe Morais.
Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra).
Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Chukwuemeka Aneke (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Substitution, Stevenage. Sam Wedgbury replaces Michael Doughty.
Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Michael Doughty.
Attempt missed. Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.