Stevenage can keep rising up the standings says goal hero Jimmy Smith

Jimmy Smith scores for Stevenage

Jimmy Smith scores for Stevenage - Credit: Archant

Jimmy Smith believes Stevenage can continue to climb the League 1 table after his last-gasp goal against Preston North End saw them move out of the relegation zone for the first time since November 26.

With Tuesday night’s game seemingly heading for a Preston win, the Lamex Stadium erupted when the 27-year-old drilled the ball through a crowded box and past Declan Rudd to snatch a point from a 1-1 draw for Boro.

The draw kept Stevenage’s unbeaten run alive and stretched it to five games, continuing their monumental up-turn in form.

Smith conceded the feeling at the club had changed.

“We’re all in it together, we win together and we lose together,” he said. “We have got that spirit with the players, staff and fans; when we all become one, we can go far.”

The scenes at the end of the game were far removed from those at half-time.

Smith, whose goal was his second in as many games, admitted Boro were not good enough in the first half but said they showed their League 1 credentials in the second.

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“I’m very pleased [with my goal] but the most important thing is the result. We wanted three but it’s a good point,” he said.

“We started poorly, didn’t get into the game straight away, gave away a sloppy free-kick and they scored. We showed the way we played second half that if we started like that then they wouldn’t have been a match for us.

“You could tell, in terms of fitness, that in the last 20 minutes they looked leggy and we looked strong. We worked hard for each other; it’s a shame we didn’t start like that.

“We showed the energy and desire to win the game and, in the second half, we were better than them.

“We got the point, we’re still unbeaten and we go on Saturday [away to Carlisle United] to get the win. We’ll learn from [a poor first half] and make sure we put it right Saturday.”