Westley: Win worth waiting for

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Stevenage manager Graham Westley was relieved to have finally broken his side's home duck courtesy of a clinical display in beating struggling Rochdale 4-2 at Broadhall Way.

Craig Reid got the hosts off and running with an early opener before Dale skipper Gary Jones levelled. However, two goals from Chris Beardsley handed Stevenage a 3-1 lead by the interval. A Neal Trotman own goal saw Boro go three clear before debutant David Ball pulled a goal back for the visitors.

"We were so strong at home throughout last season so I suppose it's been a bit of a mystery why it's taken us so long to win here so far this term," said Westley.

"This one was worth waiting for, though. I thought we got exactly what we deserved from the game. We were clinical, we passed and moved the ball well and Rochdale had their work cut out trying to contain us at times.

"It leaves us handily placed in the table [Stevenage are now 10th in League One] and we just have to try and build on this result and really push on.

"We could do with tightening up at the back a little as I wasn't overjoyed with the defending at both of their goals, but a win is a win and we're moving along nicely."

Rochdale manager Steve Eyre knows his side must improve defensively if they are to haul themselves away from the bottom of League One.

"We were poor in the first half and slack defending was punished by a good Stevenage side," said Eyre. "We knew they'd be a threat in certain situations but lessons haven't been learned once again.

"I'm disappointed for the fans who travelled down here to watch our performance - it wasn't good enough and Stevenage made the most of their opportunities. We had a chance to get back into the game shortly after half-time but then we give them a very soft own goal and we're then right up against it at 4-1 down.

"We've got to keep working hard on the training ground until we get things right. It's been a tough first few weeks for me and the lads but we knew all along it would be as there are some real quality sides in this division."

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