Stockport boss Dave Challinor called Stevenage’s belated change of heart a ‘sick man’ but said his side had to blame themselves for leaving Lamex Stadium empty-handed.
A dramatic finish helped the visitors from a 1-0 lead after only three minutes of play, returning home meaningless.
Jamie Reid was the hero for the home side with a winning goal in injury time five minutes after newly promoted County had taken the lead since Callum Camps’ 58th-minute opener.
A controversial 88th-minute penalty gave Stevenage a way back into the game as Saxon Earley went down inside the box in an incident that also sent Stockport defender Ashley Palmer off, and despite Challinor’s defeat Disappointed with officials, he said his team needed to be held accountable.
“It was a real malady for us,” he said. “But it really came from behind us, it was up to us on the goals we conceded that ultimately cost us the game.
“There were two wrong decisions and we were punished for those decisions in the end.
“We knew we had to deal with what Stevenage was going to throw at us and we did that mainly, but I’m disappointed in us and how much control we had because we could have been good. stronger and braver to possess.
“The first time we were in control, we scored. We know that if we play three or four passes, we can pass them.
“But in the end, the mistakes and decision-making everyone went through, cost us and we left with nothing.”
Steve Evans, Stevenage’s manager, believes that dynamics have changed through the use of multiple substitutions.
With Stockport’s Will Collar withdrawn due to a concussion, both sides were allowed to make six changes under the new EFL rules.
And Evans used his full complement, creating all six in the 20-minute span of the second half as Stevenage threw everything at the visitors to salvage the score, ultimately proving successful.
“Credit to the boys who came on from the bench, they changed it,” he said. “Some of them have made great contributions.
“We said before the game that we had a really good bench here and it could happen, and it happened.
“I have never made six substitutions in a game before, but it helped us.
“But today we really fought. In the last five minutes we completely thrashed them and I think we deserved to win later, with only one team trying to score a second. “
He also admitted he was impressed with rival Stockport.
County has only played its second game back to the EFL and has yet to earn a point.
“They are a good side right, you can see where their big investment has gone, they have good players and they have a specific shape.
“They played better than us in the first half.”
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https://www.newschainonline.com/sport/mens-sport/football/stockport-boss-dave-challinor-says-last-gasp-defeat-a-real-sickener-285051 Stockport boss Dave Challinor says the final loss was ‘a real sick man’