League Two
StevenageStevenage2WimbledonAFC Wimbledon1

Stevenage 2-1 AFC Wimbledon

Stevenage beat AFC Wimbledon to extend their unbeaten run to five games and move within a point of the play-offs.

Chris Beardsley missed two good chances for the Boro early on but Tom Pett drilled them ahead from close range.

The lead lasted just three minutes as George Francomb curled in left-footed from 12 yards to level at the break.

But Stevenage moved eighth with a fourth win in five when Simon Walton's clinical penalty followed Deji Oshilaja's foul on Dean Wells.

Stevenage manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"The conditions were really tough and certainly in the first half we were pegged back by the wind. The boys had to work really hard and up until the goal I thought we were terrific.

"Second half we had it all to do and we took the game to them. We then did enough to see the game out although we did defend a bit deep.

On the penalty: "From my angle it looked like common assault. I think everyone in the ground thought it was a penalty. Managers are going to protest decisions here and there, but in the cold light of day I think he'll realise it was a penalty.

"Calvin (Zola) will score goals in League Two and he will be a vital player if we can keep him fit for the second half of the season. So it's good to see him out there for 30 minutes and hopefully we'll get some more minutes in him on Thursday."

AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley told BBC London 94.9:

"I thought it was a draw, I thought both teams deserved a draw. It's decisions that other people make that take it away from you so unfortunately you have to accept it.

On penalty decisions: "It wasn't a foul, it's not like he caught him late with a bad tackle. He's watching the ball and they've clashed heads.

"It doesn't surprise me that is was given - it was a brave call to do it.

"That was the game from the first minute to the last and we lost a game because of it."

Line-ups

Stevenage

Formation 4-4-2

  • 16Day
  • 25Henry
  • 9Charles
  • 19Wells
  • 23Okimo
  • 7Whelpdale
  • 8Walton
  • 18Parrett
  • 11Pett
  • 14MarriottSubstituted forLeeat 85'minutes
  • 20BeardsleySubstituted forZolaat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Beasant
  • 3Dembele
  • 10Zola
  • 22Lee
  • 32Conlon
  • 34Deacon

Wimbledon

Formation 4-3-3

  • 20Shea
  • 2FullerBooked at 75mins
  • 40OshilajaBooked at 18mins
  • 33Goodman
  • 17Kennedy
  • 7Francomb
  • 4Bulman
  • 19Reeves
  • 11RiggSubstituted forOakleyat 81'minutes
  • 14Azeez
  • 10Akinfenwa

Substitutes

  • 6Bennett
  • 8Moore
  • 12Pell
  • 23Oakley
  • 26McDonnell
  • 29Harrison
  • 30Fitzpatrick
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
3,306

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamWimbledon
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away4
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home6
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Stevenage 2, AFC Wimbledon 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, AFC Wimbledon 1.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jake Reeves (AFC Wimbledon).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon).

  7. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Simon Walton.

  8. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Dean Wells.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Calvin Zola (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Stevenage. Charlie Lee replaces Adam Marriott.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. George Oakley replaces Sean Rigg.

  12. Post update

    Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Adam Marriott (Stevenage).

  14. Booking

    Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Jerome Okimo (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon).

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Stevenage 2, AFC Wimbledon 1. Simon Walton (Stevenage) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  18. Post update

    Penalty Stevenage. Dean Wells draws a foul in the penalty area.

  19. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Adedeji Oshilaja (AFC Wimbledon) after a foul in the penalty area.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by James Shea.