UP AND AWAY GO YEOVIL!

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By John Clarke To comment on this match go to http://boards.footy­mad.net/

ED UP­SON was the toast of Somerset af­ter his late strike earned Yeovil their first ever win in the sec­ond tier of English football.

The mid­fielder struck with three min­utes re­main­ing to give the Glovers – who were play­ing Non-League football a decade ago – the per­fect start to their Cham­pi­onship cam­paign.

Boss Gary John­son says he is us­ing the fact the club were writ­ten off as rel­e­ga­tion cer­tain­ties be­fore a ball had even been kicked as the mo­ti­va­tion to keep the club in the di­vi­sion.

John­son said:“We are used to peo­ple telling us we are go­ing to get rel­e­gated, and with our bud­get we re­ally should be, but we use it as a strength.

“Any­thing we do is a bonus. But we have a group of lads who know how to put in a shift and work for each other.

“They will all im­prove as they are a young lot.

“I think we de­served that win. I thought we were the bet­ter side in the first half with­out hav­ing any real chances.

“We left it a bit late, but it was a nice feel­ing when the goal went in that late be­cause they did not have any time to re­cover.

“The boys are buzzing, but it is just one game. It means noth­ing if we lose the next 45.

“So, we have to keep our feet on the ground.We have to keep work­ing.

“Maybe Mill­wall un­der­es­ti­mated us, but I’m not sure they did be­cause Steve (Lo­mas) is more pro­fes­sional than that.

“He knew he was the one un­der pres­sure to win the game.

“They were at home, they have been in this di­vi­sion for a few years now and they had brought in a few new sign­ings.

“But they will get it right even­tu­ally. I have had th­ese play­ers for a while now, whereas he is new to the group.”

Mill­wall had the best of the open­ing chances with the re­turn­ing Steve Mori­son go­ing close with a header, be­fore strike part­ner Andy Keogh saw his glanc­ing ef­fort go wide.

But it was winger James Henry who had the two best chances of the game.

The first came just be­fore half time, when he ex­changed a neat one-two with Mori­son on the edge of the area and looked favourite to score, but Yeovil keeper Marek Stech did well to save with his feet.

In the sec­ond half, Mori­son was played in by Nicky Bai­ley and the ball came to Henry on the edge of the area.

But, with the goal open, he could not keep his ef­fort on tar­get.

Then, with just three min­utes re­main­ing, Mill­wall failed to deal with a cor­ner and the ball fell to Up­son on the edge of the box.

He took one touch be­fore fir­ing past David Forde.

Mill­wall man­ager Steve Lo­mas said: “We only have our­selves to blame. We had five de­cent chances and we have to take them.

“Their goal­keeper made a cou­ple of good saves, but it was a typ­i­cal first game of the sea­son where no-one re­ally wanted to put their foot on the ball.

“But, once you don’t take your chances and the longer the game goes on, you leave your­self open to the sucker punch, and that is what hap­pened.

“From our point of view, an un­op­posed shot on the edge of the area is not good enough.

“I thought it should have been 0-0, but if you don’t take your chances then they come back to haunt you.”

Mill­wall were booed off at the end of the game, but Lo­mas did not seem too con­cerned by the crowd’s reaction and said the side will im­prove.

He added: “I can un­der­stand the fans’ frus­tra­tion.

“I was frus­trated, but we will get bet­ter as the sea­son goes on.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

BACK OF THE NET: Yeovil's Ed­ward Up­son makes no mis­take with the win­ner. INSET: Marek Stech saves from James Henry

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