Westley: Key players returning

Stevenage manager Graham Westley feels he is getting key players back at just the right time after their vital 3-1 win over Gillingham.

Boro made full use of the man advantage given to them by Elliott Hewitt's red card after 21 minutes to move to within two points of safety.

Hewitt handled Francois Zoko's shot on the line with the latter casually stroking in the resulting penalty.

Stevenage doubled their lead when Luke Freeman got away down the left and cut the ball back for Darius Charles, who saw his effort deflected in.

Gillingham briefly thought they had a route back into the game after Cody McDonald's composed finish only for Charles to pop up with his second three minutes later following a Freeman free-kick.

Westley said: "At a club like ours you can't afford to be without your big players.

"We lost Jon Ashton but we were fortunate enough to be able to bring John Mousinho in and that's a bonus that we haven't had all through the season.

"If you've got big players out there, you've got the chance of winning points.

"We're down at the bottom and I think this was about us sending out a message that we might be down but we're not out and it's very much game on from our point of view.

"We're looking forward to the games that are ahead of us and it was important to start with three points, which the boys did - it was very much a team performance."