PLAYER RATINGS: Stevenage v Wycombe Wanderers

Armand Gnanduillet celebrates his goal. Photo: Danny Loo

Armand Gnanduillet celebrates his goal. Photo: Danny Loo - Credit: Archant

Three Boro players get an 8/10 in Saturday’s League Two clash


Joronen: Good off his line early on to get a hand to an inswinging corner. Had an even better moment on 10 minutes when his long clearance bounced over Wycombe goalkeeper Matt Ingram and into the net for 1-0. Good late save from McCarthy. Solid all-round display. 8

Okimo: Came in for the injured Connor Ogilvie. Provided a delicate chip to Gnanduillet to set up the on-loan Chesterfield man with a header at goal two minutes from time. 6

McCombe: Another no-nonsense display from the centre-back, who was back in the team following an injury to Dean Wells in training. 6

Hughes: Early booking for a foul on Luke O’Nien when the midfielder’s pace cause him trouble, but wasn’t often caught out in one-on-one situations. Coped effortlessly with the Wycombe forwards. 6

Franks: Superb tackle on Max Kretzschmar early in the second half as Wycombe looked to break down the left. Better showing than at Exeter the previous week. Adds an attacking threat down the right. 7

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Whelpdale: Went off early with a groin injury. Replaced by Tom Pett. N/A

Conlon: Once again showed a maturity beyond his years. Looks like he’s starting to really enjoy that role wide left, and his positioning has improved immeasurably. Turning out to be a real gem of a player. 7

Schumacher: Booked for a challenge on Max Kretzschmar, but that was the only thing he did wrong all game. Pulled off an astonishing well-timed challenge late on to poke the ball away from Max Kretzschmar. 8

Parrett: His partnership with Schumacher at Exeter showed signs of encouragement. Even more so after this display. Had a header saved by Matt Ingram. It was his corner which set up Armand Gnanduillet for Boro’s second. 6

Kennedy: Forming a good partnership with Gnanduillet with his movement across the front once again a highlight of his play. Lasted 65 before being replaced by Brett Williams. He signed a new long-term deal in the week, and it’s easy to see why Boro were keen to tie him down. 7

Gnanduillet: Did well to direct a header onto the crossbar just before the break, but got the goal his overall play deserved in the second half from a corner. A real handful at times. He’s an experienced pro, and it shows. Worked hard to chase down defenders and cause problems for Wycombe. 8


Pett: An early replacement for the injured Chris Whelpdale. Didn’t quite get the stranglehold on the game as he would have liked, but did little wrong. 6

Williams: Came on for Kennedy with 25 minutes to go and worked his socks off. 6

Wycombe Wanderers

Ingram: Awful positioning for the opening goal as Joronen’s kick bounced over him. He won’t have wanted to watch tonight’s TV highlights. Good handling on a Dean Parrett free-kick from the left with bodies in the way. 5

Jombati: Found Tom Conlon difficult to get past at times down the right so wasn’t able to bolster his side’s attacking threat. Competent in defence. 6

Jacobson: Great composure on the ball when under pressure in his own half and a superb passer of the ball. Always dangerous at set pieces, too. 7

Pierre: Found Gnanduillet a real handful for most of the match. Although a unit himself, he was out-powered at times by the Boro striker and the two players squared up to each other late on. 5

Thompson: Struggled to impose himself on the game in the first half but put in a couple of decent cross in the second half. 6

Bean: A powerful unit in the centre of midfield, but at times he was shrugged off the ball when you’d want to see him put his authority on a game. Was substituted on 74 minutes. 6

Bloomfield: A quiet game for the Wycombe man. To be fair though he didn’t see enough of the ball to have an influence. Lasted 65 minutes. 6

Kretzschmar: Got forward when possible, with one chance going begging thanks to a last-gasp tackle from Steven Schumacher. Gave his side hope with a superb header running on to the far post. 8

O’Nien. An early run down the wing saw him brought down by Mark Hughes for a booking. Wycombe fans would have wanted to have seen more of that, but it wasn’t to be. 6

McCarthy. Burst into life in the latter stages of the game and was denied when, after a scramble in the box, he shot at goal but Jesse Joronen stuck a leg out to keep it out. 6

Ugwu: Quiet game. Kept away from causing any real threat by the Boro back line. Was taken off in the second half. 5


Harriman: A real handful after coming off the bench. Caused Tom Conlon issues down the right and produced a wonderful cross to set up Kretzschmar for his goal. 7

Amadi-Holloway: Replaced Ugwu but it wasn’t much of an improvement. 6

Sellers: Steady performance after coming on, but his notable contribution was an air kick when Wycombe were piling on the pressure. 6

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