JOHNSON THE TALK OF TOWN
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.
TANGLE: Shrewsbury's Tom Eaves handles the ball
UP AND AWAY: Yeovil’s Paddy Madden celebrates