October 23, 2012
Boro close the gap
Felipe Morais scored both goals as Stevenage cranked up the pressure on Tranmere at the top of League One with a hard-fought 2-1 win over in-form Portsmouth.
In truth, Pompey were unlucky to lose as they were bright throughout but the hosts' brilliant start to the season continued as Morais' 62nd minute cross beat everybody before drifting in.
Stevenage went ahead in the 14th minute when Lucas Akins won the ball on the right wing before his cross allowed an unmarked Morais to head in.
Portsmouth came close early in the second half when Bondz N'Gala's weak backpass was seized on by Wes Thomas, who rounded Arnold, but Stevenage captain Mark Roberts bailed out his partner by clearing off the line.
But the visitors deservedly drew level when Jon Harley took a pass from Brian Howard before placing a fine shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
However, Morais claimed the winner when, after taking a short corner from Luke Freeman, his cross drifted past N'Gala before nestling in the far corner.
|1 Steven Arnold||1 Mikkel Andersen|
|14 Mark Roberts||3 Jon Harley|
|4 Darius Charles||16 Gabor Gyepes|
|2 David Gray||18 Johannes Ertl|
|29 Bondz Ngala||20 Lubomir Michalik|
|10 Filipe Morais||7 Lee Williamson|
|6 Greg Tansey||17 Akos Buzsaky|
|8 James Dunne||8 Brian Howard|
|11 Lucas Akins||15 Carl Dickinson|
|9 Marcus Haber||9 Izale McLeod|
|15 Luke Freeman||14 Wesley Thomas|
|16 Chris Day||Simon Eastwood 13|
|21 Andy Iro||Josh Thompson 5|
|7 Anthony Grant||Mustapha Dumbuya 2|
|25 Oliver Risser||Liam Walker 6|
|32 Robin Shroot||Luke Rodgers 10|
|23 Daniel Lopez Ramos||Ashley Harrison 21|
|20 Robbie Rogers||Jack Compton 11|
|Anthony Grant for James Dunne (67)||Mustapha Dumbuya for Akos Buzsaky (46)|
|Oliver Risser for Luke Freeman (81)|
|Robbie Rogers for Lucas Akins (89)|
|Greg Tansey (54)||Carl Dickinson (87)|
|· Squads: Stevenage | Portsmouth|