Stevenage make it three in a row as Wycombe are put to the sword

PUBLISHED: 20:05 12 February 2017 | UPDATED: 10:16 13 February 2017

Matt Godden steps up to take the penalty.

Matt Godden steps up to take the penalty.

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Matt Godden made it eight goals in his last eight games as Stevenage pulled out all the stops to sink Wycombe Wanderers at the Lamex Stadium.

Tom Pett celebrates with Jobi McAnuff.Tom Pett celebrates with Jobi McAnuff.

Buoyed by back-to-back wins in their last two league outings, Darren Sarll’s men made it three in a row thanks to Godden’s penalty which was sandwiched between a Steven Schumacher header and Tom Pett’s fine effort.

Afterwards Sarll said that this was ‘one of the best performances of the season’, but it could even top the lot.

Wycombe lost midweek in the EFL Trophy semi-final but are in fine form themselves, yet they were put to the sword by a Boro side intent on not just a late run to the League Two play-off places by the skin of their teeth but by getting in the top seven as soon as possible and staying there.

The visitors were knocked out of the play-off places with this defeat, while the three points took Boro to within four of Mansfield Town, whose turn it now is to get a stiff neck looking over their shoulder.

Stevenage are hitting form at the right time, and it helps when they not only have a fine scorer like Godden – who Sarll this week said was better than some currently plying their trade in the Championship – but with a defence who, after a tough half a season, have finally got it right.

It also helps that Charlie Lee is back in front of them. Often lauded for his enthusiasm, Lee is much more than that. He can be disciplined, too, and his protection helped Boro to a second clean sheet in three matches.

That Stevenage’s last clean sheet, at home to Grimsby two weeks ago, was their first on home soil all season says a lot about the progress this side has made in recent weeks.

Stevenage keeper Jamie Jones watched a Sam Saunders free-kick float wide before the hosts took the lead when a rejuvenated Jobi McAnuff crossed for Godden to help on to Schumacher who headed in.

Pett was then tripped in the area just before half-time allowing Godden to score his 15th of the season before, in the second half, Pett got on the scoresheet himself when defender Aaron Pierre was dispossessed of the ball and the winger fired home.

Stevenage have a quick turnaround as they host Cheltenham Town on Tuesday evening.

They lost to strugglers Notts County at the weekend and now face a Stevenage side in fine form and looking to make it four in a row.

Stevenage: Jones, Henry, King, Wilkinson, Ogilvie, McAnuff, Schumacher, Lee, Pett (Gorman 86), McQuoid (Hinds 77), Godden (Loft 77). Subs: Day, Franks, Cowans, Tonge.

Wycombe Wanderers: Blackman, Jombati, Stewart, Pierre, Jacobsen, Gape, O’Nien (Jakubiak 60), Wood, Saunders, Akinfenwa, Kashket (Weston 64 (Thompson 70)). Subs: Bean, Richardson, Harriman, De Havilland.

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