Stevenage 2-0 Swindon Town: Superb Chair goal helps Boro to crucial win in play-off race

PUBLISHED: 21:51 12 March 2019 | UPDATED: 21:55 12 March 2019

Ilias Chair of Stevenage in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Bury at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

Ilias Chair of Stevenage in the League Two game between Stevenage FC v Bury at the Lamex Stadium, Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Ilias Chair scored from inside his own half to help Stevenage FC secured a vital three points in the hunt for a Sky Bet League Two play-off place as they beat Swindonn 2-0 at the Lamex Stadium on Tuesday night.

Alex Revell headed Boro in front just before half-time, with Ilias Chair scoring a superb goal from all of 60 yards to wrap up the win.

The home side had the better of the opening exchanges, with Timlin forcing a save out of Lawrence Vigouroux inside the first 60 seconds.

Kurtis Guthrie nearly opened the scoring just two minutes later after Moses Makasi pounced on a mistake from the Swindon ‘keeper, but the strikers shot lacked the power to beat the defender on the line.

After a lull in play, the away side started to grow into the game, with Keshi Anderson forcing a good save from Paul Farman, before Matty Taylor’s low cross across the six-yard box caused panic at the back for Boro.

At the other end, Chair was looking lively, firing a couple of long range efforts off target and shooting straight at Vigouroux.

With 35 minutes played, Stevenage grabbed the winner thanks to Revell. A corner swung in evaded everyone inside the penalty area, allowing the veteran striker to nod home at the far post.

He then hit the bar just minutes before the break with another far post header as the home side looked to take control of the game.

Stevenage were winning the aerial battle and Guthrie was so close to making it 2-0 just after the break, when his powerful header was brilliantly clawed away by Vigouroux.

Boro stopper Farman was not to be outdone by his counterpart though, keeping his side ahead with a superb diving save from Anderson’s dipping free-kick.

The former Lincoln man was in inspired form, keeping out everything Swindon threw at him, making further stops from substitute Marc Richards and Kaiyne Woolery.

With five minutes left, there was a special moment for Ronnie Henry as he came on to make his 500th appearance for the Stevenage – becoming the first player to do so in the clubs history.

Deep into the five minutes of injury time and with Boro looking to see out the game, mecurial winger Chair had other ideas.

Just inside his own half, the Belgian-born starlet spotting Vigouroux off his line and went for goal, with his shot sailing over the ‘keepers head and into the net to cap off a wonderful win.

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