Lucas looks the part for Boro
Last Updated: October 20, 2012 6:28pm
Akins: Scored the winner
Lucas Akins scored the winner as Stevenage moved to within four points of table-toppers Tranmere after a 1-0 win at MK Dons.
Akins curled in his fifth goal of the season in the first half and Boro repelled a second-half onslaught to end the Dons' seven-match unbeaten run.
Stevenage had the better of the first half and Akins put them ahead after 27 minutes, cutting inside Luke Chadwick to curl a fine shot past David Martin from the edge of the box.
Akins almost doubled their lead moments later with a fierce low volley but Martin produced an excellent reflex save to keep it out with his boot.
The Dons largely lacked a cutting edge in the first half but Boro keeper Steve Arnold twice denied Chadwick and tipped wide a 25-yard drive from Stephen Gleeson.
The hosts seized control after the break and Darren Potter missed two good chances to equalise, first when he headed straight at Arnold and then when he sliced a half-volley well wide. Arnold then denied Dean Lewington and Scott Allan, while Akins and Marcus Haber both had efforts cleared off line for Boro on the counter-attack late on.
npower League 1
Sat 20th Oct
Bournemth3 - 1Tranmere
Colchester2 - 0Carlisle
Coventry1 - 2Notts Co
Hartlepool0 - 1Crawley
Oldham2 - 0Leyton Or
Portsmouth3 - 1Shrewsbury
Preston0 - 1Sheff Utd
Swindon1 - 1Scunthorpe
Walsall2 - 2Crewe
Yeovil2 - 1Bury
Doncaster2 - 1Brentford
MK Dons0 - 1Stevenage
npower League 1
|8||Milton Keynes Dons||46||70|
|14||Preston North End||46||59|