Player ratings: Stevenage v Carlisle United

Tom Conlon directs the midfield

Tom Conlon directs the midfield - Credit: Archant

Stevenage were beaten 1-0 at home this afternoon - here’s how the players got on

1. Jesse Joronen. Continues to find it tough going at Boro. Kicking was a little better, but still needs to improve when coming off his line. At fault for not clearing Danny Grainger’s corner, which led to the only goal of the game. More calls for the return of Chris Day in goal. Will Boro stick with their man? 5

6. Mark Hughes. Saw plenty of the ball in the first period as Boro struggled to play through Carlisle and had to play back instead. Looked pretty solid alongside Dean Wells for much of the game. 6

8. Steven Schumacher. Another quiet game for the midfielder who wasn’t able to impose himself on the match. 5

9. Brett Williams. Won the penalty, but saw his spot kick saved. Wasn’t able to carve out any other chances. Struggling at the moment. 5

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18. Dean Parrett. Unusually he hit a couple of passes straight out of play first-half. Second half was much tighter with his distribution. With Kennedy and Conlon playing nearer the touchline on either side of midfield had more space in which to operate. 6

19. Dean Wells. Back in the team, and back to his best. Gave little change to the Carlisle front line. Does more than most to put his body on the line. 7

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25. Ronnie Henry. Solid at the back, as usual. Did not get forward too often because of Carlisle’s pace on the attack. Vocal, shouted words of encouragement especially to Ben Kennedy in the second half. A leader. 7

28. Jamar Loza. Given a start after signing on loan from Norwich last week. Quiet first half, but direct with his running. Looked more dangerous in the second period and had a shot saved by Gillespie. Taken off on 64 minutes to applause for his efforts. 6

30. Connor Ogilvie. Back from injury. Knew he had a fast winger to look after in the form of Alex McQueen, and as such stayed back for most of the game. Intelligent play from the on-loan Spurs defender. 6

32. Tom Conlon. Strong performance from the midfielder, despite being deployed out on the left. Had a good chance to put Boro ahead early on, but Gillespie saved it. Often supported his front players in attack. 7

33. Ben Kennedy. Came inside looking for the ball in the first period, but stuck to the right byline for the first 25 minutes of the second before moving up top. Energetic performance. 6


7. Chris Whelpdale. Came on for Jamar Loza. Didn’t look back before back-heeling with 25 to go, leading to a Carlisle chance. Had a low shot late on. 6

20. Dipo Akinyemi. Brought on for his weekly substitute appearance, but didn’t have the impact he’d have hoped. 5

4. Jamie McCombe. Came on with four minutes to go and used as a makeshift target man. Didn’t get much luck. 5


1. Mark Gillespie. Dived left for the penalty expecting Brett Williams to go the same way he did against York last month, and saved with his feet. Also made saves from Tom Conlon and Jamar Loza. 6

2. Tom Miller. Took advantage when Jesse Joronen failed to clear Danny Grainger’s corner, poking home from six yards. Had a quiet first half, but was called into defensive action more in the second period. 6

3. Danny Grainger. Superb on set pieces all day. His corner set up the winner, while he also went close with a free-kick in the first half. Always a threat with the ball at his feet. 7

4. Luke Joyce. Dealt well with the threat of Brett Williams and Jamar Loza in the first half. Shot well off target on the hour mark and found Loza a more tricky opponent in the second half before the striker’s withdrawal. 6

5. Michael Raynes. Satisfactory performance from the centre-half who rarely looked trouble by the Boro attack. 5

7. Jason Kennedy. Kept popping up in space on the edge of Boro’s box. Went close 15 minutes to go, but fired over. A thorn in Boro’s defence all game. 7

12. Antony Sweeney. Set up Derek Asamoah in the first half with a good square ball across goal but was taken off with 30 minutes to go after a quiet game. 5

16. Gary Dicker. Worked hard in the middle third throughout the game. Never let Boro settle. 6

25. Derek Asamoah. Had Carlisle’s two best chances in the first half, but fired over and headed over when he should have hit the target. Good movement off the ball but will have been disappointed not to have hit the back of the net. 6

26. Macaulay Gillesphey. Kept a bit busier in the second half with Ben Kennedy pushing forward up the right. Was caught out once or twice by the tricky Boro forward. 6

44. Alex McQueen. Speed merchant, kept Connor Ogilvie on his toes and thus deprived Boro of the full-backs attacks down the left. Had one good chance but Joronen made the save. 6


17. Alex Gilliead. On for Sweeney on the hour. Quiet half-hour. 5

20. Troy Archibald-Henville. Came on for Dicker with just over 25 minutes remaining and did well to keep Jamie McCombe quiet following his late introduction. 6

10. Bastien Hery. Came on for McQueen. His bright red hair made more of an impact than he did. One decent run into the box. 6

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