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Stevenage 1-2 Luton Town

Alex Wall came off the bench to supply a composed finish that led Luton to victory over local rivals Stevenage and into the League Two play-off places.

Luke Wilkinson climbed above Boro's defence to head Luton into an early lead after a free-kick from Andy Drury.

Tom Pett equalised from close range following a flowing team move.

But Wall found himself unmarked at the edge of the area and curled the ball into Chris Day's bottom corner to win the game for the Hatters.

Stevenage Manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"It was a very difficult opening for us - for the first 20 minutes we didn't get started at all and it could have been a lot worse for us.

"They got their noses in front, but our response was good. We dug in and we started to get our game going forward and the equaliser was a fair reflection of our response.

"Our defending in fairness, all afternoon, was very back footed. It's not the way I like to defend, and if you invite people into your box then the ball can go into your net.

"We expected the unexpected in all sorts of regards and I don't think there were surprises there. We picked an adaptable side ourselves so we could adapt as the game developed."

Luton Manager John Still told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"He's one of those players Alex (Wall), whenever he plays he gets a chance. I said to him, you'll get a chance so just make sure you hit the target. People call it an inspired substitution, but it was only a substitution.

"Local derbies I think are the toughest to win. We've come here today and won, so obviously I'm really pleased.

"I think we're getting into that vein of form now, like we had last year, where we'll have a 20 minute purple patch where we can score three or four goals and I think that's coming together now.

"Every credit to them they worked hard, they battled hard and responded to their support. I think that they've really given it every go, but today was our day."

Line-ups

Stevenage

Formation 4-3-3

  • 16Day
  • 25Henry
  • 5Ashton
  • 19Wells
  • 9Charles
  • 22Lee
  • 18ParrettSubstituted forConlonat 62'minutes
  • 6BondBooked at 9mins
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 20BeardsleySubstituted forCalcuttat 82'minutes
  • 11PettSubstituted forDeaconat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Dembele
  • 15Calcutt
  • 24Lancaster
  • 27Johnson
  • 30Reading
  • 32Conlon
  • 34Deacon

Luton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Tyler
  • 6Lacey
  • 5McNulty
  • 30Wilkinson
  • 12Griffiths
  • 8Drury
  • 4SmithBooked at 63minsSubstituted forStevensonat 66'minutes
  • 26DoyleBooked at 82mins
  • 17Ruddock Mpanzu
  • 9BensonBooked at 65minsSubstituted forWalkerat 70'minutes
  • 13CullenSubstituted forWallat 83'minutesBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 10Wall
  • 11Howells
  • 16Justham
  • 21Guttridge
  • 23Robinson
  • 28Stevenson
  • 35Walker
Referee:
Tony Harrington
Attendance:
5,236

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamLuton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 1, Luton Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Luton Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Andy Bond (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie Walker (Luton Town) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Dean Wells (Stevenage).

  9. Post update

    Alex Wall (Luton Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Booking

    Alex Wall (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Stevenage 1, Luton Town 2. Alex Wall (Luton Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pelly Ruddock.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Luton Town. Alex Wall replaces Mark Cullen.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Connor Calcutt replaces Chris Beardsley.

  14. Booking

    Nathan Doyle (Luton Town) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Nathan Doyle (Luton Town).

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Charlie Walker (Luton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Chris Whelpdale (Stevenage).

  19. Post update

    Hand ball by Andy Drury (Luton Town).

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tom Conlon (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.