Stevenage midfielder Jonathan Smith hails battling Boro and praises loyal fans after 1-0 victory at Chesterfield

PUBLISHED: 12:22 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:22 29 January 2018

Stevenage's Jonathan Smith hailed his side's work ethic and talented youngsters after they beat Chesterfield 1-0 on Saturday.

The former Swindon Town 31-year-old played his part in the hard-fought victory. Speaking to CometSport he said: “It wasn’t the ideal game, it wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t great but the lads showed great spirit to an important win.

“It was all about getting the three points. It was a real team effort to get the result we needed. Everyone contributed.

“We’ve had some good performances away from home without getting the results we’d have liked. We’re all desperate to do well and we all put in the maximum effort we can. We’re unbeaten in the league this year so hopefully we can keep that going.

“It was a about time we got a bit of luck. We only had six substitutes and two of them had to have a fitness test. I thought the lads did really well.”

The experienced 31-year-old former Swindon Town and Luton Town midfielder also praised his younger team-mates after two teenagers – Terenace vam Cooten and Ben Wilmot started in defence, with 19-year-old Mark McKee in midfield, as Ben Kennedy, who at 20 is almost a veteran, also played.

Smith said modestly: “I try and help the younger lads as best I can. But they help me too. They’re fresh and they’ve all come in and done really well – players like Ben Wilmot and Mark McKee. I’ve been very impressed with them all.”

Smith, whose vital blocks and tackles in the heat of battle contributed to the welcome win at an atmospheric Proact Stadium in front of 4,981 supporters, including 174 loyal travelling Boro fans,

He added: “They’ve followed us up and down the country and sometimes we haven’t got the results we all wanted so I hope they’ve gone home happy after three points.”

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