Gallery: Boro away win increases play-off hopes

Woking 0 Stevenage Boro 2 As far as Woking/Stevenage matches go, Tuesday evening s game was a low-key affair with just over 1200 spectators. But that will be of little concern to Stevenage Boro as a highly professional performance saw them re-establish th

Woking 0 Stevenage Boro 2

As far as Woking/Stevenage matches go, Tuesday evening's game was a low-key affair with just over 1200 spectators.

But that will be of little concern to Stevenage Boro as a highly professional performance saw them re-establish their play-off credentials.

Peter Taylor made four changes after Saturday's disappointing showing against Exeter City.

Out went the injured duo of Mitchell Cole and Gavin Grant, along with Lawrie Wilson and Scott Laird, and in came Calum Willock, Daryl McMahon, Tyrone Berry and Luke Oliver in a more familiar 4-4-2 formation.

"I'm very pleased with the way that we recovered from a poor performance on Saturday," said Taylor.

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"That's what good players do, and if you don't recover quickly you put yourself under a lot of pressure.

"I was pleased that we get on the scoreboard so early, that helps any team, but all night I was very pleased with the commitment, work rate, quality and our defending, so I couldn't ask for any more.

"They have forwards there that are always a threat and anything could have dropped but overall I was pleased that we looked quite solid."

From the moment that Steve Morison guided a Berry cross past Ross Worner after three minutes there was never any doubt about the outcome of this fixture.

Much as Woking huffed and puffed they made no real impression on a steadfast Boro rearguard and goalkeeper Alan Julian spent an almost untroubled evening between the posts.

If there was any criticism of Stevenage's performance it was they failed to kill the game off until Oliver's far post effort 17 minutes from time from a delightful cross from the impressive Scott Mitchell.

The only blemish on an otherwise perfect evening was the late red card for Morison for kicking the ball away in frustration after being flagged offside.

The Stevenage top scorer will now miss the vital away trip to Burton Albion a week on Friday (April 18).

"I'm disappointed with Steve," continued Taylor.

"I was thinking of bringing him off just before then but I thought he was a sensible fellow and would be all right. We kept telling him no tackling, so he's a silly lad.

"He's such a hard-working player that it was probably just a tired mistake, but it's gone now and we can't do anything about it."

The victory leaves Boro comfortably in fourth place in the Blue Square Premier, and with only four games remaining their fate is now back in their own hands.

But with difficult fixtures against play-off rivals Torquay United and Burton Albion on the horizon, there is sure to be plenty more drama in the last couple of weeks of the regular season.

"It is going to be a massive day against Torquay this Saturday and we hope we do ourselves justice unlike on Saturday," added Taylor. "With four matches to go we need to collect as many points as possible."

Boro: Julian 7, Henry 7, Oliver 8, Westwood 8, Smith 7, Berry 7 (Moore 88m), Mitchell 8*, Martin 7, McMahon 7 (O'Sullivan 82m), Willock 6 (Molesley 77m), Morison 6.

Subs not used: Laird, Masters.

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