Kane Smith could have moved to Stockport County in January but Steve Evans says he knew he could still play a part in Stevenage's League One play-off push.

The former Hitchin Town full-back started in the 0-0 draw at home to Bolton Wanderers, his first appearance of any sort since the EFL Trophy game against Crystal Palace on November 14.

And he was one part of an excellent home performance that was only missing a goal.

Boro's boss revealed afterwards that Smith could have gone in January but he wanted to keep him around. 

Evans said: "Kane was good, a bit erratic in some of his passing at times but I think that's just a rustiness. 

"He has been unlucky week after week, and that's because of options on the bench and Luther Wildin has been really good in that position.  

"Plus, Kane has had a few injuries and a few little concerns, but I remember saying to the kid in January when big clubs like Stockport came calling, we kept him in the door because I said you can still play a big part in the season. 

"I think he was surprised to be starting but he's such a good professional and such a great kid, I think everyone in the camp will be really pleased. He's done well.  

"Whether he can go again on Monday [against Charlton] we'll need to see."