Steve Evans said the first half against Lincoln City was like something that is inflicting another of Stevenage's sporting stars - but unlike Lewis Hamilton, Boro found a way to win.

A Jamie Reid goal on 68 minutes was enough to give them a 1-0 success at the Lamex against an Imps side who were clearly out to impress their new boss, Michael Skubala, in the first half. 

But a double switch at half-time by Evans changed the whole complexity and momentum of the game and from there, Stevenage dominated.

The Comet: Ben Thompson was one of the two half-time subs for Stevenage. Picture: TGS PHOTOBen Thompson was one of the two half-time subs for Stevenage. Picture: TGS PHOTO (Image: TGS Photo)

The boss said: "We were like Lewis Hamilton trying to win the Grand Prix at the minute. We were nowhere in the first half. 

"It didn't stop the players working so hard and it didn’t stop them trying to get close to the Lincoln players but this is a really good Lincoln side. 

"I think everyone in football was surprised when they decided to change manager but Michael's come in and his team gave us a few problems in the first half. 

"But I knew what we had to do and so we changed it and in the second half, you’ve seen more of us in the second-half. 

"And if we're all being quite frank here, we should win the second-half 5-0. 

"We've had two one on ones for Reidy, Piergianni should score what is a simple header for him, we’ve hit the post, we've had a few off the line but our performance in the second-half was really good."

Evans had kept the same side that had beaten Wycombe Wanderers last Saturday, and that meant no place for Ben Thompson or Jake Forster-Caskey, both of whom had shone brightly in the midweek EFL Trophy win over Crystal Palace.

They were the duo to come on and they helped change the game.

The Boro boss said: "We genuinely thought both players were really good against Crystal Palace in midweek. 

"I thought Ben probably had his best game for us and Forster-Caskey brings you that bit of class and that bit of quality. 

"But what we didn't forget when we came to picking the team was how good the performance was at Wycombe. 

"We decided to start with the same team but we said if it wasn’t right, we had a plan to introduce Ben and Jake very quickly. 

"I think the impetus changed but [how the two] play is very different to Nick Freeman and Alex MacDonald. 

"They are different types of players and that allowed us to be more expansive with Jordan Roberts and Kane Hemmings and Jamie Reid. 

"I thought it was quite simple if you were Lincoln. They were able to come out and play like Leeds United but they didn't look like Leeds in the second-half when we put a bit of pressure on them. 

"We were waiting and waiting for Michael to combat it and in fairness to him, we heard his instructions and he did try to change it. 

"But I’ve been in charge of teams when someone's got that momentum and is on the front foot and have scored. 

"It’s very difficult to get your players to get back over the hill and counter that."