Sloppy goals may have prevented them from taking all three points but Stevenage manager Steve Evans was still proud of his players after a draw with "the best" in League One.

Luther James-Wildin and Ben Thompson had given Boro a 2-0 lead at half-time but Joel Randall and Ricky-Jade Jones dragged Posh back to a 2-2 draw in the second half.

That was tough to take for Evans but he could still take the positives.

"It was a really interesting game," he said. "We know how good they are. They like to counter attack and they are a keep ball, passing type of team. 

"We have a different style, a different way and we scored two really good goals, two really good finishes to earn the right to be 2-0 up at half-time. 

"But second-half, we’ve come out and we’ve put nothing into practice that we spoke about, which was not to give a good side some oxygen early in the second-half.  

"We concede a sloppy goal, we should stop the counter-attack at source but we don't.  

"And then it's a simple header at the far post for us to clear the second goal and we don't do it. 

"We're then toe to toe and it ended up end to end but if someone had said that after this amount of games, we’d be near Posh in the League One table, most would have said no chance. 

"So our players have done incredibly well and we'll regroup and ready for the FA Cup." 

And the former Posh boss had high praise for his former club.

"These are the best we’ve played in terms of the way they play," said Evans, "and I am proud to have managed the club and I am proud to live in the city.

"When I’m finished in football, that's the team I will sit and watch. 


"But I'm really proud of my players. I'm really proud that we've gone through so many games and we're around these in the table. 

"What I know about this group is that they will fight to the death. We'll fight to the death like we did last year. 

"But [Peterborough] are for me the best in the league and we’ve played Portsmouth, who were special, Oxford who were different class and we’ve gone up to Bolton and we thought we were better on the night but they proved they are a terrific side."