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Smith hails 'instrumental' Tansey

19 September 2012

Stevenage manager Gary Smith was delighted for Greg Tansey after the midfielder bounced back from his disallowed winner against Crewe to score an absolute stunner in their 3-1 victory over Walsall.

After his joy was cut short on Saturday, Tansey scored his first goal since his summer move from Inverness with a 30-yard howitzer as the high-flying Boro claimed their first home win of the season.

Smith said: "Greg was disappointed on Saturday as he felt as though the goal should have stood and when someone takes a goal away from you it's never nice.

"But I'm pleased for him here for finding that end product - it must have been difficult for their goalkeeper because of the way these new balls move around all over the place. He really does strike the ball well, he's a real hard-working lad and he was instrumental in our victory.

"I'm pleased we've got our first home win of the season after the disappointment of drawing the previous three games and not giving our fans the opportunity to enjoy a victory at home. I think all of the guys were desperate to make that happen and we saw that in this display."

After a slow start to the game, Stevenage went ahead when Robin Shroot collected David Gray's long pass and finished superbly from the edge of the area.

Walsall equalised just before the hour when George Bowerman headed in Jamie Paterson's cross before Tansey restored Boro's lead in spectacular fashion in the 72nd minute. With four minutes remaining, Tansey's precise cross then allowed Lucas Akins to volley in at the back post as the hosts moved up to second in the table.

Walsall manager Dean Smith said: "It is a defeat but there were positives out there - we tried to play in the right way.

"We could have done with a little more protection at times from the officials but you have to get on with it and we have to face that sometimes against physical teams.

"But we kept plugging away in the way that we want to play and we got back into the game with a good goal and I fancied us to go on from there. However, we became a bit sloppy in possession at times and gave it away way too cheaply, which you can't afford to do."


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