Player ratings: Stevenage 4 Cheltenham 1
PUBLISHED: 18:30 01 January 2018
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It was a good start to the new year for Stevenage, who came from behind to beat Cheltenham Town 4-1.
Mohamed Eisa gave Boro a nasty start to 2018, his goal coming inside 90 seconds, before Matt Godden and Tom Pett completed a first half turnaround.
Danny Newton and Pett added a third and fourth in the second half to put Cheltenham out of sight.
How did Stevenage play overall? Who impressed? This is how we saw it.
Joe Fryer, 6 - A terrific save from Eisa early in the first half was the highlight for Fryer, and there was little he could do about the goal he conceded. A solid game between the sticks.
Johnathan Smith, 6 - Two vital blocks in the second half were his main contribution, had a quiet game along with most of the back four.
Joe Martin, 6 - Cheltenham were getting a lot of joy down Martin’s flank in their early spell of 10-minute dominance, but looked more assured later in the game.
Jack King, 7 - Did well to contain Eisa after the back four had been run ragged in the first five minutes. Hooked the ball off the line to prevent an equaliser while the scores were at 2-1.
Fraser Franks, 6 - Reliable at the back and looked calm on the ball. When Cheltenham did break through, Franks did his job.
Ben Kennedy, 6 - Kennedy’s turns and flicks didn’t come to much in this game, with some wayward shots in the first half. Looked lively but struggled to provide any meaningful threat.
Tom Pett, 8 - Showed his composure to poke the ball past Flinders and into the empty net, grabbing the goal that completed the turnaround. Looked positive throughout the game and his 87th minute goal was testament to that.
Danny Newton, 6 - Gave the ball away a few times and failed to make much impact on the game until he broke through the midfield and buried his chance after 68 minutes. Took a rocket of a shot square in the face after 70 minutes, and was replaced by Alex Samuel.
Matt Godden, 7 - Godden’s striker’s instinct to follow up the rebound earned him one of the easiest goals he’ll score this season, squeezing the ball in underneath the keeper to start the first half turnaround. He didn’t get much service otherwise. Replaced by Jamie Gray in added time.
Ronnie Henry: 7 - Calm and collected, Henry put in a consistent performance, even setting up Boro’s first goal, a cross/shot that rebounded off the keeper and into Godden’s path. Little play broke for Cheltenham down Henry’s side of the pitch.
Mark McKee, 5 - Had a quiet game in the middle of the park, a passenger for most of the game. Replaced by Dale Gorman late in the game.
Substitutes: Alex Samuel 5, Dale Gorman 6, Jamie Gray N/A.
Cheltenham Town: Scott Flinders, 5, Jamie Grimes, 6, Kyle Storer 6, Nigel Atangana 7, Kevin Dawon 6, Carl Winchester 6, Will Boyle 6, Mohamed Eisa, 8, Brian Graham 5, Joe Morrell 6, Taylor Moore 6.
Substitues: Danny Wright 6, Matt Bower 5, George Lloyd 5.