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Boro boss happy to record first win

22 August 2012

Stevenage boss Gary Smith expressed his relief after seeing his side record their first win of the season as they triumphed 1-0 at Leyton Orient.

Lucas Akins settled a drab affair at Brisbane Road when he drilled home a 20-yard shot through a crowded penalty area and past an unsighted Jamie Jones after 23 minutes.

And after Saturday's 1-1 draw against Carlisle, delighted Boro boss Smith said: "To find a way to win a game, so early in the season, however it comes, gives everybody that bit of confidence. It gets us moving in the right direction.

"Although we got a point at the weekend, you still want to get that first win and don't want to be searching for too long.

"In the first half we were very good. In the second half I thought there were three or four moments when things opened up a bit but we've given a very good account of ourselves and competed favourably with a very strong Leyton Orient side."

The hosts failed to test Boro goalkeeper Chris Day as they came up against a stubborn visiting defence. Orient boss Russell Slade was left to lament his side's defending for the goal that gave Stevenage victory and left the O's still without a point after their first two league games.

"I thought at times we looked a little bit disjointed, particularly with our passing in the first period when we needed a bit more courage, and I thought we got that courage in the second period," he said.

"The manner in which we conceded the goal was frustrating. We cleared the first shot, had a chance to clear the ball and then the shot came back straight at the 'keeper and I think he struggled to see it and it's gone straight under his legs. That seems to happen to us.

"Stevenage dropped deeper and deeper as that second period went on but they managed to get a foot or a header in to turn the ball away for a corner.

"We were putting them under immense pressure really but it wasn't quite to be for us."

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