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21 October 2015

Assistant manager, Kevin Watson was full of praise for the team after a last-minute equaliser from Brett Williams helped Boro earn a 1-1 draw at Portsmouth.

Watson felt that the dramatic finish was just rewards for the player’s efforts.

“Even at 1-0 I thought we were terrific all night. We kept our shape well; we defended really well, limited a very good team to very few chances – the boys defended excellently as a team.

“You always felt that we were going to get another chance in the game.

“I think it was thoroughly deserved on the basis of the way we played all night.”

Making his first appearance for the club, Michael Tonge was voted as the Man of the Match by the Stevenage fans and Watson says it was a terrific debut.

“Michael Tonge was brilliant, he was excellent tonight. As debuts go, when someone hasn't played properly - he has not had a club since the start of the season so you are probably going back to March, April since the last time he played a game - he was superb.

“He has obviously played at a higher level; he is getting on a bit now but his knowledge of the game, knowing when to go, knowing when to sit, knowing when to pass, knowing when to take a touch was first class.”

The result makes it three without defeat for Boro including two late equalisers on the road. Watson says the team have plenty of fight.

“It is a never say die attitude – I think early on in the season we were questioned about once we conceded, going under and we were letting in too many goals, absolutely no two ways about that but now we are showing a steely side.

“That is more like it, that is the way we are looking to play. It is three very good results now and we have got to build on that.

“The boys are all together, everyone’s in it together, we have a great group, a great bunch and we are moving forward now.”

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