YEOVIL............1 CREWE............0 Three go down as Stech saves Glovers

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

YEOVIL boss Gary John­son couldn’t get enough of Marek Stech af­ter the Czech goal­keeper helped the in­jury-rav­aged Glovers beat Crewe.

Town went ahead within 50 sec­onds as mid­fielder Joe Ed­wards fired past Steve Phillips from the edge of the penalty area.

But Yeovil then lost three play­ers – By­ron Web­ster, Nathan Ralph and An­gelo Balanta – to in­jury and Crewe took ad­van­tage.

The Glovers, al­ready as­sured of a place in the play-offs, were in­debted to a se­ries of out­stand­ing saves from Stech to pre­serve their lead.

And John­son is hop­ing the in­jured play­ers will re­cover in time to take part in the end-of­sea­son show­down.

He said:“The boys are go­ing to need a lit­tle break this week be­cause they’ve had a tough few weeks and need to re­cover be­fore the play-offs.

“We lost three play­ers to in­jury as well and had to cope with the dis­rup­tion that brings to the team. We needed Marek to help us out with a few saves and he was ex­cel­lent when we needed him.

“Goal­keep­ers are very im­por­tant play­ers in any team be­cause the other team will al­ways have chances and when Marek is called upon he shows his qual­ity. He’s a class goal­keeper and that’s why we were pleased to bring him here last sum­mer.”

Crewe boss Steve Davis was pleased with his side’s per­for­mance de­spite the de­feat – and was also full of praise for Stech. He said:“I’d al­ways swap the per­for­mance for the re­sult of course but they were ex­cel­lent and it was just los­ing con­cen­tra­tion in the first minute that cost us.

“Af­ter that we played well but met a goal­keeper on form. He made two or three fan­tas­tic saves and pre­served their lead. I can’t be dis­ap­pointed be­cause I en­joyed watch­ing the lads play and I don’t think we got the re­sult we de­served.We couldn’t have done much more from an at­tack­ing point of view but some­times you come up against an out­stand­ing goal­keeper and that’s what hap­pened.

“There were also chances that we missed and could have done bet­ter with but over­all I can’t be too crit­i­cal.”

Some fans had hardly taken their seats when Ed­wards fired Yeovil ahead, as he latched on to a flick from James Hayter be­fore fir­ing a low shot past Steve Phillips from 20 yards.

Crewe re­sponded well with Stech deny­ing Kelvin Mel­lor be­fore Brad In­man shot wide when wellplaced. Yeovil then lost both Web­ster (ham­string) and Ralph (knee) to in­jury but coped well with the re-or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Hayter shot just wide from a Sam Fo­ley cross, while Kevin Daw­son also came close af­ter burst­ing into the penalty area.

The Glovers also lost Balanta to a ham­string in­jury just af­ter half-time and needed a fan­tas­tic save from Stech to pre­serve their lead on 61 min­utes as he kept out Chuks Aneke.

Luke Ayling also had a header cleared off the line.

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

NUM­BER ONE: Joe Ed­wards scores a mat­ter of sec­onds af­ter kick-off

FIRESTARTER: Joe Ed­wards first-minute strike de­cided the con­test



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