Heslop praise for Boro’s debuting QPR loanee Andrade

Simon Heslop of Stevenage in action

Simon Heslop of Stevenage in action - Credit: Archant

Midfielder Simon Heslop praised Boro winger Bruno Andrade after the QPR loanee made his full debut for the club on Saturday.

Bruno Andrade of Stevenage on the ball

Bruno Andrade of Stevenage on the ball - Credit: Archant

The Portuguese 20-year-old’s driving run and cross led to Stevenage’s opening goal in their 2-1 FA Cup first round proper win over Portsmouth at The Lamex Stadium on Saturday.

Heslop said: “Bruno came into the team and made his full debut, I think he’s done well and had a hand to play in the first goal.

“The wide players did look a bit lively today.

“Lucas [Akins] has worked hard for us as well, so I’m happy with our wide men today [Saturday].”

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Boro had led 2-0 at the break thanks to a first half Francois Zoko brace.

Ex-Stevenage loan player Gavin Mahon was sent-off early in the second period for the visitors, who then, despite being reduced to 10-men, had the better of the game.

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They pulled one back through David Connolly with 20 minutes to play, but Boro held on for the win.

Heslop added: “The sending off changed the game in some ways, we were comfortable up until then.

“I don’t know whether we were a little bit complacent after the sending off and thought the job was done or if they threw caution to the wind and thought they had nothing to lose, but it changed the game a little bit.

“We were hanging on towards the end, but we got the job done.”

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