There have been many good days for Stevenage under Steve Evans - this one at Leyton Orient though was probably the best of the lot.

On-loan Manchester United striker, Charlie McNeill, put Boro ahead on his debut, while Dan Sweeney added a second just before half-time.

And while there was a better showing from Orient after the break. Boro were still totally in command with Nick Freeman wrapping up a comprehensive 3-0 win.

The Comet: Charlie McNeill and Dan Butler celebrate the opener at Orient. Picture: RHIANNA CHADWICK/PACharlie McNeill and Dan Butler celebrate the opener at Orient. Picture: RHIANNA CHADWICK/PA (Image: Rhianna Chadwick/PA)

Steve Evans had made six changes for the Carabao Cup match at Exeter City on Tuesday and he made six here.

Aside from the first appearance for McNeill, there were returns from injury for both Luther James-Wildin and Nick Freeman.

Taye Ashby-Hammond, Carl Piergianni and Jamie Reid were the others to start in east London while Krisztian Hegyi, Alex MacDonald, Elliott List, Harrison Neal, Louis Thompson and Theo Alexandrou were the six to come out of the starting squad.

Orient on the other hand were unchanged, with the only alteration to their team against coming on the bench, Max Sanders coming back in.

Boro's reshuffled troops, with Finley Burns playing in the holding role in midfield, couldn't have wished for a better half, with perhaps the exception being they probably would have liked even more goals.

They were in charge for the majority of the opening 45 but went back into the sanctity of the dressing room with just two to show for their efforts.

The first arrived on 21 minutes when a free-kick, taken by Dan Butler from the left edge of the box, was thumped low across the area with McNeill getting the slightest of touches to take it beyond Sol Brynn and into the corner.

The second didn't come until the final minute of normal time.

Butler was involved again, this time with a left-wing corner that was met by the head of Piergianni despite being held by Dan Haape.

Sweeney was unmarked and onside in front of goal and he simply flicked it beyond the home keeper.

It may have been oh so different for Orient had a glorious chance for the unmarked and clean through Ruel Sotitiou on seven minutes not been blasted off the crossbar, returning into the grateful arms of Ashby-Hammond.

But the truth was, bar that opportunity and a couple of minutes of pressure between two corner, Ethan Galbraith key to that passage of play, Orient created very little.

At the other end though Reid had two further opportunities for Boro, one blocked behind and the other hooked into the arms of Brynn, while Jordan Roberts found himself leaning back too much on his opportunity, putting it over.

The Comet: Stevenage's Jamie Reid and Leyton Orient's Ed Turns battle for the ball. Picture: RHIANNA CHADWICL/PAStevenage's Jamie Reid and Leyton Orient's Ed Turns battle for the ball. Picture: RHIANNA CHADWICL/PA (Image: Rhianna Chadwick/PA)

Orient began a little bit better in the second half but when Tom James wasted a glorious free-kick chance, manager Richie Wellens turned to his bench to bring on Omar Beckles and George Moncur and then Joe Pigott and Rob Hunt seven minutes later.

They had a limited impact. Yes, Orient went forward a bit more but Boro were happy to soak up the pressure and Ashby-Hammond, bar a few crosses that needed caught, was under no real pressure.

The chances were coming at the other end still. Reid allowed a ball just to run away from him in the box while Elliott List was denied a shot on goal by a superb tackle on the edge of the box.

In the end it was those two who helped put the game to bed.

They scrapped to win a ball on the edge of the Orient box and when it rebounded off Reid's heels, Freeman found it way too tempting, hitting it on the volley over Brynn and in off the underside of the bar.

Ashby-Hammond was called into his first save in the closing stages to parry away a Hunt drive and then Pigott put an effort on the turn over the top.

It was too little too late for Orient.

For Stevenage though it was a result that truly cemented their place as a side hunting for top half of the table at the very least.

The Comet: Harvey White was confirmed as a Stevenage player before kick-off. Picture: RHIANNA CHADWICK/PAHarvey White was confirmed as a Stevenage player before kick-off. Picture: RHIANNA CHADWICK/PA (Image: Rhianna Chadwick/PA)

Match details

Stevenage: Ashby-Hammond, James-Wildin, Butler, N.Thompson, Piergianni, Sweeney (Hannam 90+2), Freeman (MacDonald 87), Roberts (Anderson 90+2), Burns, Reid (Neal 90+2), McNeill (List 61).

Sub (not used): Hegyi.

Goals: McNeill 21, Sweeney 44, Freeman 79

Booked: Roberts 87


Leyton Orient: Brynn, James, Turns (Moncur 52), Happe, Brown (Hunt 59), Sotiriou, Archibald, El Mizouni, Forde (Pigott 59), Galbraith, Graham (Beckles 52).

Subs (not used): Howes, Pratley, Sanders.

Booked: Forde 16, Turns 32


HT: Leyton Orient 0 Stevenage 2

Added time: 6

Referee: Keith Stroud (Bedfordshire)

Attendance: 8,287 (including 826 from Stevenage)