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Stevenage Paper Review

26 February 2014

See how the press reported our 1-0 defeat

The Sentinel


STEVE Davis was left cursing a glut of missed chances as Crewe lost 1-0 at League One's bottom side Stevenage.


The Alex could not recover after conceding an early goal to Francois Zoko despite mounting increasing pressure on the home goal in the second half.


Mathias Pogba twice headed against the bar and Chuks Aneke missed a free header from close range to leave the Alex just one place and two points outside the relegation zone.


Manager Davis said: "I’m amazed we didn’t get a goal to be honest. If you won a game on the number of chances created we’d have been laughing. I think they had one shot on target but we couldn’t get the breakthrough.


“We played well but come away with nothing. The performance was pleasing, the result wasn’t. We move on.


“We were sloppy for the goal but apart from that we defended well and we deserved something."


Hertfordshire Mercury


STEVENAGE will hope record scorer Francois Zoko has finally got his mojo back after the Ivorian’s goal enabled Boro to close the gap on fifth from bottom Crewe Alexandra to just six points with a crucial victory at The Lamex tonight.


Zoko, who has been out of form since the end of December, scored what proved to be the winner after only five minutes and looked lively throughout the first half.


But nerves set in after the break and Boro had to cling on for the points against a poor Crewe team in what was a dire second half watched by Stevenage’s lowest league crowd of the season, 1,970.


Crewe Chronicle


CREWE Alex missed a big chance to pull clear of the League One drop zone when they lost to rock-bottom Stevenage on Tuesday night.


Three points would have lifted them to 16th, but Francois Zoko's early strike proved the difference between the two sides.


The Railwaymen struggled to work Boro keeper Chris Day and will now go into Saturday's home clash with Swindon Town in 20th - one place above the bottom four.


The Comet


It was an ugly win, but a necessary one says Graham Westley who added that on-loan Swansea defender Obeng was his man of the match.


Graham Westley praised the debuts of Bira Dembele and Curtis Obeng after the two new signings helped Stevenage to three points and a clean sheet against Crewe.


It was Boro’s first clean sheet in seven matches, and their first win in four, and after the match Westley said Obeng was his man of the match for the way that he kept Bradden Inman quiet all game.


“It was always going to be a little risky [playing two debutants in defence] but in fairness the two of them were excellent,” Westley said.


“Bira took a little bit of time to settle and adjust to the pace of it and the strength of it and when he did settle he looked a commanding presence. He lets people get further up the pitch because he’s got that pace and you can see that he’s very strong in the challenge and alongside Ashton I thought the pair of them were excellent.


“Curtis Obeng was probably man of the match for me at full-back. Inman is a handful on his day, he can go inside and out, he’s quick, and he’s a real threat off that left side for them.



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