Stevenage win at Portsmouth to make it four in a row on the road
PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:12 30 November 2016
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Stevenage pulled off their most impressive win of the season so far with a 2-1 triumph at Portsmouth.
It was a fourth successive win on the road for Darren Sarll’s men, and it came courtesy of Steven Schumacher and hotshot striker Matt Godden.
It took until March for Stevenage to notch up a fourth league win on the road last season – the month after Sarll took over - but already this season it seems that victories away from home are easier to come by.
That’s not to say that Stevenage haven’t been playing well at home – for the past month or so they have – it’s just that for one reason or another the ball hasn’t dropped kindly or the odd referring decision has gone against them.
The win makes it four games without a defeat, too, as Boro’s upwards momentum has taken them to within three points of the play-offs with just under half of the season gone.
Stevenage’s squad looks balanced and there is competition for places. Good competition; quality, not just quantity.
Schumacher is slowly returning to the first-team fold after the best part of a year on the sidelines, and he opened the scoring with a low effort past Pompey keeper David Forde.
Yet it is Godden who is driving this team forward at the moment.
Sarll said ahead of this game that his striker has the ability to notch 20 goals this campaign. He has six to his name, but should have had one more against Yeovil Town only for a badly-judged offside call.
He also has five assists and his swashbuckling performances will not have gone unnoticed by Sarll’s contemporaries.
For now he leads the Stevenage line and Boro have finally found a striker who can carry his own in the league, and who scores all types of goals.
His effort here came about when he made the most of a Forde error, and despite the home side getting one back through Michael Smith Stevenage held on for another three points after Jack Whatmough nodded against the post in the dying seconds.
Up next for Sarll’s men is a home game against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
Portsmouth: Forde, Evans, Burgess (Whatmough 45), Clarke, Stevens, Doyle (Linganzi 45), Rose, Baker, Roberts, Bennett (Chaplin 67), Smith. Subs: Lalkovic, O’Brien, Hunt, Naismith.
Stevenage: Jones, Henry, Franks, Wilkinson (Wells 45), Ntlhe, Cowans, Schumacher (Lee 72), King, Gorman (McKirdy 60), Kennedy, Godden. Subs: Day, McAnuff, Pett, Tonge.