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Tansey has Becks appeal - Smith

7 October 2012

Stevenage manager Gary Smith likened goalscorer Greg Tansey to David Beckham after the midfielder's stunning second-half free-kick saw off Scunthorpe.

On the back of a fine midweek triumph at Notts County, Stevenage cemented second spot with only their second home win of the campaign, to leave the Iron in a precarious 22nd place.

Despite the gulf between the two sides in the table it was mostly even with Mark Duffy and Leon Clarke going close for the visitors but they had no response to Tansey's 75th minute strike.

The win continued Stevenage's unbeaten start to the League One season - which now stands at 11 games - and Smith admitted Tansey's superb strike was of no surprise to him.

"He's [Tansey] out there regularly practising those free-kicks and, even though it was slightly further out than he would have liked, he's so confident, and he works ever so hard at them, that it wasn't a surprise to see it plant right in the top corner," he said.

"It was absolutely plumb. He has got a fabulous technique and it's almost Beckham-esque."

On his team's overall performance, Smith added: "I was a little bit frustrated because I know what quality we have, and what we're capable of."

For Scunthorpe it was another case of what might have been and boss Alan Knill pointed the finger of blame at his defence.

"I thought we did enough to come away with something, but if I'm honest I've been saying that every week. We are all just so disappointed, but we obviously have to be better," he said.

"We're getting done by goals and up until the goal, considering we were playing second in the league, I thought we looked quite comfortable. In the first half, the only time they looked dangerous was when we gave them the ball."

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