Accrington Stanley 3-2 Stevenage: Boro slip to disappointing defeat

PUBLISHED: 18:08 05 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:08 05 February 2018

Stevenage striker Matt Godden in action. Picture: Danny Loo

Stevenage striker Matt Godden in action. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Stevenage threw away a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 away at Accrington Stanley on Saturday as three new faces earned their debuts.

Boro scored more than one goal for the first time since the first of January, but it wasn’t enough as Stanley staged a second-half comeback to win 3-2.

Goals from Matt Godden and Mark McKee were cancelled out by a strike from Billy Kee and Sean McConville’s double, notching Boro’s second defeat in as many games.

To add some fresh, new ideas to the team, boss Darren Sarll drafted in three of his six new signings into the starting line-up for their full debut, Luke Amos, Alex Revell and Johnny Goddard and brought Dean Bowditch off the substitutes’ bench late in the game.

Stevenage took control of the game early on and their pressure payed off after 14 minutes when Mark Mckee’s ball found Godden, who’s first time shot found the bottom corner, breaking the strikers’ six game goalless drought.

The lead was doubled after Mark McKee drove home low from outside the box after 37 minutes, as the Northern Irish 19-year-old tallied his first senior goal for Boro.

The final minute of the half was a sign of things to come, as McConville’s free-kick halved Stanley’s deficit at 2-1.

Stevenage missed plenty of chances in the second-half, as Accrington were on hand to take advantage, finally levelling after 70 minutes as Kee netted after a short corner, and going ahead when McConville’s deflected shot found the goal eight minutes later for 3-2.

Despite a display much improved when compared to the previous week’s Swindon defeat, boss Sarll was left disappointed, as he mused Boro ‘should have won the game.’

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