Stevenage 5 Chesterfield 1: How Boro’s players rated

Matthew Godden celebrates scoring for Stevenage against Chesterfield (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Matthew Godden celebrates scoring for Stevenage against Chesterfield (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Darren Sarll’s men sent their fans home with plenty of Christmas cheer after a five-star display against Chesterfield.

Fryer, 7 - Made some good saves and commanded his penalty area well. Was inactive for a large part of the game but stayed focused throughout and swept up any danger that came his way.

Henry, 7 – Contributed at both ends of the pitch in what was a solid and dependable performance that you’ve come to expect from the club captain.

Vancooten, 7 – Looked calm and composed at the back playing some nice passes into midfield. His defensive contribution was good as the Dutchman put in a number of good tackles in the second half. More game time could see him develop into an important player at The Lamex.

King, 7 – Was a constant threat from set pieces and defended well before being substituted. He marshalled the defence well with his experience coming to the fore as Chesterfield pressed for a way back into the game.


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Martin, 6 – Gave away possession on a few occasions in what was a quiet but solid defensive performance from the former Millwall left-back.

Gorman, 7 – A well placed finish to give Stevenage a 2-0 lead in what was a good performance.

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Smith, 6 – Wasteful in possession at times but his experience helped Boro keep control of the game. The former Luton Town man will be an important player in the second half of the season.

McKee, 7 – His composure and coolness defied his age as the 19-year-old controlled the game alongside Smith in the middle of the park. His manager has been full of praise for him recently and it was another impressive display from the Northern Irishman.

Newton, 8 – A typical Danny Newton performance. Ran his socks off in attack for Boro and pressed well alongside Godden. A clever finish for the opening goal of the game took his league tally to 10 in what has been a good first season in the Football League thus far.

Samuel, 8 – A great performance from the young Welshman. He was a thorn in the side of Chesterfield with his direct running on the right flank and delivering quality into the area, especially for the opening goal of the game.

Godden, 9 – Man-of-the-match. Two brilliantly taken finishes from last season’s top scorer. He was a threat throughout with his clever movement and constant pressing of the Chesterfield backline. Darren Sarll will need him to keep scoring if Stevenage are to climb the table.

Substitutes

Kennedy, 7 – Looked lively when he came on and played a beautiful pass to set up the fifth goal. His return from injury could be very timely for Stevenage.

Gray N/A – Not enough time to effect a game that was already winding down.

Franks N/A – Came on late to see out the game and did just that.

Chesterfield: Eastwood 6, Binnom-Williams 5, Hird 5, Wiseman 5, Evatt 5, Dennis 7, O’Grady 5, Rowley 6, Kellett 6, Reed 5, McCourt 6.

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