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Stevenage 0-0 Forest Green Rovers

Graham Westley returned to the Stevenage for a fourth time - 11 days on from his reappointment
Graham Westley returned to the Stevenage for a fourth time - 11 days on from his reappointment

Graham Westley started his fourth spell in charge of Stevenage with a spirited goalless draw against Forest Green.

Westley's first game back in the dug-out came on the back of Boro's 5-1 hammering at home to Crewe five days before.

He made four changes to the team for his first game back in charge - and he got an immediate response from the bottom club against League Two play-off contenders Rovers.

Rovers boss Mark Cooper has bemoaned his side's lack of firepower up front and those worries will have worsened after failing to break down the EFL's backmarkers,

Stevenage goalkeeper Paul Farman produced a fine double save to keep the visitors at bay, stopping Carl Winchester's strike before denying Ebou Adams from close range.

But, after the break, it was the hosts who had the better chances, Ben Kennedy proving the source of Stevenage's creativity as Elliott List was denied by Adam Smith before firing wide.

Smith then palmed Kennedy's strike around the post, while Jason Cowley nodded against the crossbar late on.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 1Farman
  • 4Digby
  • 5Cuthbert
  • 31Nugent
  • 33Denton
  • 7CarterSubstituted forMackail-Smithat 58'minutes
  • 32Lakin
  • 34ListSubstituted forTaylorat 88'minutes
  • 18Parrett
  • 10Kennedy
  • 9CowleyBooked at 33minsSubstituted forGuthrieat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Soares
  • 13Bastien
  • 15Vancooten
  • 25Taylor
  • 28Guthrie
  • 35Mackail-Smith
  • 44Timlin

Forest Green

  • 1Smith
  • 22Godwin-MalifeSubstituted forRawsonat 45'minutes
  • 5Mills
  • 23Mills
  • 2Shephard
  • 7Winchester
  • 15MortonSubstituted forStevensat 60'minutes
  • 19McGinley
  • 14Adams
  • 17FrearSubstituted forCollinsat 60'minutes
  • 29Aitchison

Substitutes

  • 6Rawson
  • 9Stevens
  • 10Collins
  • 18Dawson
  • 20Kitching
  • 24Thomas
  • 25Mondal
Referee:
James Oldham
Attendance:
2,388

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamForest Green
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 0, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Forest Green Rovers 0.

Attempt blocked. Paul Taylor (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Matt Mills (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kurtis Guthrie (Stevenage).

Attempt missed. Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matt Stevens.

Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ben Kennedy.

Hand ball by Ben Kennedy (Stevenage).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Joseph Mills.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Kurtis Guthrie replaces Jason Cowley.

Attempt missed. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Liam Shephard.

Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

Attempt blocked. Paul Taylor (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Kennedy.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Paul Taylor replaces Elliott List.

Foul by Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers).

Jason Cowley (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Aaron Collins (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is blocked.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Paul Digby.

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott List (Stevenage).

Foul by Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers).

Ben Nugent (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Matt Mills (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott List (Stevenage).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Matt Mills.

Attempt blocked. Jason Cowley (Stevenage) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Kennedy with a cross.

Offside, Forest Green Rovers. Nathan McGinley tries a through ball, but Joseph Mills is caught offside.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Matt Stevens.

Attempt blocked. Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Shephard.

Offside, Stevenage. Paul Digby tries a through ball, but Craig Mackail-Smith is caught offside.

Foul by Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers).

Craig Mackail-Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

Matt Mills (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Elliott List (Stevenage).

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Adam Smith.

Foul by Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers).

Jason Cowley (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon23144543241946
2Exeter2312743225743
3Crewe22115639271238
4Colchester22107532201237
5Bradford2210752819937
6Forest Green2310762618837
7Cheltenham2299433181536
8Plymouth2110563122935
9Northampton2310583227535
10Port Vale2371062829-131
11Salford237882732-529
12Scunthorpe237793030028
13Cambridge237792727028
14Newport217771919028
15Walsall2376102130-927
16Crawley236893033-326
17Oldham226882431-726
18Leyton Orient2367103140-925
19Mansfield235993033-324
20Grimsby215792127-622
21Carlisle2357112035-1522
22Macclesfield2151062023-319
23Morecambe2346132042-2218
24Stevenage2221191427-1317
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