Player ratings: Stevenage v Luton Town

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How did your players get on in today’s derby match?

Stevenage FC

Day. Pulled off a few good saves to keep his second clean sheet in three matches; once from Josh McQuoid and later from both Paul Benson and Olly Lee. Great off his line at corners, too. 7.

Henry. A controlled performance, and a mature one, from the former Luton man. Kept his head when at times others were losing theirs. Offered an attacking threat, too. 6.

Ogilvie. Had plenty to deal with against Luton’s wide men, but rarely looked in too much trouble. Didn’t quite get forward as much as he would have liked, but it was another assured display from the on-loan Spurs man. 6.


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Wells. Been a rock since his return to the side, and as such Boro have kept two home clean sheets in a row. 6

Franks. Has a superb reading of the game from centre-half and is enjoying playing in his more natural central position. Also went close to giving Boro the lead in the second period, only for his shot to stick to Tyler. 7.

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Whelpdale. In the goals recently, but the closest he went first half was a wildly-struck shot well off target. Worked hard to help Ronnie Henry in defence against the likes of McQuoid and McGeehan. Subbed in the second period. 6.

Schumacher. Sat in front of the back four and helped keep Luton to a limited number of attacks in open play. His set pieces weren’t up to their usual standard. 6.

Pett. Started centrally, but in midfield rather than just off Gnanduillet. Was unable to have the same sort of impact he’s had in recent matches playing further forward, but looked comfortable on the ball and didn’t shy away from getting stuck into challenges. 6.

Lee. His return to the side lasted just over an hour. Started up top alongside Gnanduillet, but tired a little later in the game before being replaced by Tom Conlon. 6.

Kennedy. Right from the off his early running caused Luton’s left-sided players problems. Looks just as comfortable out wide as he does further forward, and didn’t give the Luton defence any time to relax. 7.

Gnanduillet. Did brilliant work to give Smith the slip down the right early on, only to scuff his shot wide. Held the ball up well, and struck up a superb partnership with Jamille Matt following the introduction of the on-loan Fleetwood man in the second period. 7.

Subs

Matt. Came on for Whelpdale with just under half an hour to go and working alongside Gnanduillet caused the visitors problems. Nice touch to tee up his strike partner late on, but the shot was wide. 6.

Conlon. Came off the bench on 67 minutes but wasn’t able to have too much of an impact. It was Benson’s challenge on the midfielder that saw him sent off. 6.

Luton Town

Tyler. Wasn’t tested too often in the opening half hour, apart from a free-kick hit straight at him by Steven Schumacher. Second half was similar until he made a superb stop to keep out Fraser Franks’ low drive. 6.

Smith. Left on his backside early on by Gnanduillet, but then went close with a shot from distance later in the first half. Has an accurate and powerful shot on him and will go on to cause more sides problems this season. 6.

Cuthbert. Found Charlie Lee a busy handful, but although he was often dragged out of position he rarely looked troubled. Will be satisfied with his afternoon’s work. 7.

Wilkinson. Had his hands full with Gnanduillet and struggled to get the ball off the big Stevenage front man. Not a poor game, just a tough one for the defender. 6.

Lawless. Had a tough time of things when up against Ben Kennedy, who was playing out on the left. Kennedy isn’t blessed with ridiculous pace, but he’s dogged and he doesn’t let defenders settle. 6.

McGeehan. Caught Boro out a few times moving in from the left wing and making runs from deep. Had less of an impact in the second period and was unsurprisingly withdrawn with just over 20 minutes to go. 6.

Green. Good work in the first half saw him send in a couple of decent crosses, the first of which was across the face of goal only for nobody to get on the end of it. Was a constant thorn in Boro’s side. 7.

Griffiths. Epitomised what a derby game is all about with a superb block on Tom Pett in the middle of the park first half. Didn’t flinch in the tackle, and came out with the ball. Gave everything in the game and rarely put a foot wrong. 7.

Lee. Had a very quiet first half. The first thing he did of note was to get booked early in the second half. But then with 10 minutes to go, and with the game getting tasty, a terrific piece of skill sent two Boro players the wrong way and he forced Day into a fine save. 6.

McQuoid. Some fabulous little touches from the forward, some of which went underappreciated. Early snap-shot second half, but put it wide. Moved left, right and centre in search of the ball and was probably his side’s most threatening player. 7.

Benson. Kept in check by the partnership of Dean Wells and Fraser Franks. Should have done better when through on goal in the second period, but Day made the save. Stupid challenge for the red card. Didn’t make contact, but was off the ground. 5.

Subs

Marriott. Came off the bench with 67 minutes on the clock in place of McGeehan. Put in a shift. 6.

Long. 87th minute substitute. N/A

O’Brien. Came off the bench with a minute to go. N/A

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