Crawley Town 1-3 Stevenage: PLAYER RATINGS

PUBLISHED: 17:09 11 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:51 12 August 2018

Stevenage FC Team photo 2018-29. Picture: DANNY LOO

Stevenage FC Team photo 2018-29. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Stevenage travelled to the Broadfield Stadium to play Crawley Town in their League Two clash on Saturday afternoon. Read Layth Yousif’s PLAYER RATINGS to find out which Boro stars impressed.

Stevenage FC First Team Manager Dino Maamria. Picture: DANNY LOOStevenage FC First Team Manager Dino Maamria. Picture: DANNY LOO

Stevenage:

Paul Farman: 7 – Excellent distrubtion from the former Lincoln keeper who commanded his box under pressure.

Luther Wildin: 7.5 – Perhaps needs to work on his distrubtion a little more, but that will come with experience. Showed good athleticism and was always willing to supplement attacks. One to watch this season as he settles into League Two. Deserved his assist with a deep cross for Alex Reid’s opener.

Michael Timlin: 7 – Tidy and quietly effective. Every team needs a Timlin.

Scott Cuthbert: 7 – This tough, no-nonsense centre-half is a superb organiser as well as a terrrific competitor. Coped well with the lively home forward Dominic Poleon and relished the battle with the giant Ollie Palmer.

James Ball: 6.5 – Not as effective as he would have liked as this talented midfielder finds his feet in League Two. Will be better for the experience. Subbed for Ferry with 24 minutes remaining.

Joel Byrom: 7 – Influential at set pieces and in the heart of battle.

Alex Revell: 8.5 – This experienced campaigner shows an unexpected subtlety at times with his technique and finesse, but, equally, he excels in aerial combat when physicality is required. An excellent competitor and model pro. Deserved his goals at the end which sent the travelling support into raptures. As delighted Boro boss Dino Maamria said afterwards: ‘Everybody loves Alex’.

Danny Newton: 6.5 – A livewire as always with his energetic and unselfish running on and off the ball. Subbed off injured with a hip complaint for Alex Reid on 36 minutes and deserved his ovation from the loyal travelling support.

Ronnie Henry: 7 – Unsung but effective. One thundering challenge just before the break helped prevent Crawley break in a dangerous position deep along the right flank.

Kurtis Guthrie: 7.5 – Languid style belies a technically proficient attacker who simply needs to impose himself more in the heat of battle. Offered the first shot of the match just before the hour mark. Subbed for Sonupe with ten minutes remaining.

Ben Nugent: 7 – Solid throughout and always gave his all, but could he have done more to prevent the giant Palmer from heading home for the equaliser?

Substitutes:

Alex Reid: 8 – On for the injured Newton with nine minutes of the first half remaining. Showed his quality by heading home 180 seconds into the second half to put Boro 1-0 up, much to the delight of their loyal travelling fans massed behind keeper Morris’ net. Also earned an assist with an excellent cross fro Revell’s first goal.

James Ferry: 7 – On for Ball on 66 minutes and delivered an assist with a perceptive through ball for Revell to calmly slot home for his second.

Emmanuel Sonupe: 6.5 – On for Guthrie and nearly scored with his first touch of the game with a shot in a crowded box which was deflected narrowly wide.

Crawley Town:

Glenn Morris: 6 – With Boro pressing high his distrubtion skills were put to the test.

Lewis Young: 6.5 – Keen to bolster attacks with energetic runs down the right flank and sound defensively

Josh Doherty: 6.5 – Lapses of concentration

Josh Payne: 4 – Lucky to get away with a forearm swipe at Revell late in the first half. However, this is League Two as opposed to more rarified levels where such an unprofessional action would result in a red card, the condemnation of pundits, 20 replays and mountains of outraged newsprint.

Mark Connolly: 6.5 – Showed composure at times with a neat touch while not being afraid to play the ball long when required.

Ollie Palmer: 8 – The 6ft 5in giant signing from Lincoln over the summer is set to be a key component in this season’s Crawley side as they look to involve him through a more direct style. Always a handful and deserved his goal to level early in the second half.

Dominic Poleon: 6.5 – Didn’t impose himself as much as he would have liked. Faded after a lively start as Cuthbert nullified his threat.

George Francomb: 6.5 – Marshalled Guthrie well while holding his line

Romain Vincelot: 7 – The former Bradford and Brighton man showed his quality throughout with an energetic display but was outjumped by Revell for the second goal.

Dannie Bulman: 6.5 – Put in a shift

Filipe Morais: 7 – Showed good movement offensively with an excelletn touch but was not as influential as he would have liked, which was credit to the Boro backline for smothering his attacking intentions. Assist for Palmer’s goal.

Substitutes:

Mark Randall: 6.5 – The former Arsenal man came on for Payne with 20 minutes remaining

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