Smith hails revamped Stevenage

Lucas Akins’ first-half penalty settled matters, with a header

from Latics centre-half James Tarkowski falling short of goalkeeper

Alex Cisak, who brought down Marcus Haber.

Smith, who has brought in 11 new players this summer, is happy

with the way they have knitted together after the Boundary Park

victory made it seven points from a possible nine.

“Winning anywhere at this time of the year is a positive and a

confidence boost for the team,” he said. “To do so away, as we have

done twice in the space of four days, is a real shot in the

arm.

“Slowly and surely the group, which has been predominantly put

together in the summer, is starting to show some very good

signs.

“We have started decently but nobody is getting excited in our

changing room as we still have an awful lot to do with a small

squad, which I am hoping to add to if the right players become

available.”