JOHN­SON THE TALK OF TOWN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Spit­tles

GARY John­son looked for­ward to the day Yeovil build a statue of him out­side Huish Park af­ter the Glovers edged closer to a third pro­mo­tion un­der his con­trol.

On the day Yeovil cel­e­brated their tenth an­niver­sary of en­ter­ing the Foot­ball League for the first time – achieved un­der John­son – they main­tained their hopes of reach­ing the Cham­pi­onship for the first time.

And af­ter mas­ter­mind­ing two pro­mo­tion cam­paigns in his first spell at Huish Park, John­son is now hop­ing to make his­tory in his sec­ond stint as well.

A penalty from James Hayter and Paddy Mad­den’s 23rd goal of the sea­son lifted the Glovers up to third place in the ta­ble with four games left.

And John­son joked that he might be im­mor­talised in bronze if he man­ages to take Town into the Cham­pi­onship

He said: "It’s al­ways nice to make his­tory and leave achieve­ments that peo­ple will re­mem­ber you by.

“They keep promis­ing me this statue out­side the ground and per­haps it might hap­pen if we get an­other pro­mo­tion.

“It wouldn’t cost them much, it would be cheap with only 5 foot six worth of metal to put up so I don't know what I’ve got to do!

“There’s a nice feel­ing around the club at the moment and ev­ery­one is pleased that we’re com­pet­ing where we are in this di­vi­sion.

“We’re in third now and we’ll keep chas­ing the top two. We've just got to keep win­ning and then the end of the sea­son really could be fun.”

Shrews boss Gra­ham Turner was left fum­ing by the penalty de­ci­sion that handed Yeovil the early ini­tia­tive.

By­ron Web­ster’s header hit the hand of a Shrews­bury de­fender from close range and de­spite a lack of ap­peals from the home side, ref Oliver Lang­ford awarded a spot-kick.

Turner said: “We were shocked when the penalty was given, we had no idea that was coming.

“Ref­er­ees now can’t wait to give penal­ties. If the ball is banged against a player from a foot away, there's noth­ing they can do.

“You can talk about arms be­ing in un­nat­u­ral po­si­tions, but it’s a load of non­sense. The player didn’t de­lib­er­ately han­dle the ball and we feel harshly done by.

“We cer­tainly feel the ref­eree had an in­flu­ence on the re­sult of the game.”

Af­ter Lang­ford con­tro­ver­sially awarded the kick on ten min­utes, Hayter kept his nerve to send Shrews­bury keeper Chris Weale the wrong way.

But Yeovil weren’t ahead for long, as Steve McGinn lev­elled for the Shrews ten min­utes later.

Joe Ja­cob­son’s cross was cleared by the Yeovil de­fence but fell per­fectly for McGinn to send a low drive past the help­less Marek Stech from 20 yards.

Yeovil’s top scorer Mad­den had the fi­nal say how­ever as he scored the win­ning goal be­fore half-time.

The Ir­ish­man picked up the ball on the edge of the penalty area and con­fi­dently dis­patched a low shot into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net to seal vic­tory for Yeovil.

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

TAN­GLE: Shrews­bury's Tom Eaves han­dles the ball

UP AND AWAY: Yeovil’s Paddy Mad­den cel­e­brates

PADDY MADD

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