Dickov fumes at Web­ster slap

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DON­CASTER boss Paul Dickov was fu­ri­ous af­ter Yeovil de­fender By­ron Web­ster got away with slap­ping Rovers’ Bon­gani Khu­malo.

The pair clashed at a cor­ner in the sec­ond half and Web­ster was spo­ken to by ref­eree Dar­ren Drysdale but not shown a card.

The Glovers clinched a cru­cial three points to­wards their rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle thanks to a penalty from James Hayter af­ter debu­tant Duane Holmes was tripped by James Hus­band.

But Dickov's post-match thoughts were dom­i­nated by for­mer Donny de­fender Web­ster’s red card es­cape.

He said: “I’m not a big ad­vo­cate of play­ers get­ting sent off but their lad (Web­ster) has swung his arm and smashed Bon­gani round the head.

“The ref­eree has seen it and done noth­ing about it. The fourth of­fi­cial tells me that be­cause it was open-handed no de­ci­sion was made.

“I thought that if you swing your hand at some­one’s head then it’s a send­ing off.

“I thought it was a penalty for them and James didn’t make any real com­plaints af­ter the de­ci­sion was made.

“But I did feel we should have had a penalty just af­ter that when James went down in their box.”

Yeovil re­main bot­tom of the ta­ble de­spite vic­tory, with fel­low strug­glers Charl­ton and Barns­ley also pick­ing up three points.

And boss Gary John­son be­lieves events else­where made the Glovers’ tri­umph even more im­por­tant.

He said: “We had a lot of chances and I think we de­served the win. At 1-0 it can get a bit hairy be­cause we knew how much we needed to win.

“With Barns­ley and Charl­ton also win­ning, we needed the three points just to stay in touch with those teams.

“It’s also brought Mill­wall and Don­caster back to­wards us so the ta­ble makes much bet­ter read­ing.”

Teenager Holmes only ar­rived at Huish Park on loan from Hud­der­s­field on Thurs­day but made an in­stant im­pact.

And John­son be­lieves the diminu­tive winger will prove to be an im­por­tant ad­di­tion to his squad.

He added:“It was a good de­but for Duane. It took him a lit­tle bit of time to get go­ing be­cause he hasn’t been with us long, but you can see his qual­ity.

“It was tough for him on a heavy pitch but he kept go­ing and was re­warded when he won the penalty. He’ll be an as­set.”

Yeovil suf­fered an early blow when top scorer Ish­mael Miller limped off with a ham­string in­jury, re­placed by young­ster Ki­ef­fer Moore.

But the Glovers carved out de­cent chances in the first half, with Holmes vol­ley­ing over be­fore Sam Johnstone saved well from Web­ster and then Moore.

Jordan Bow­ery wasted two great op­por­tu­ni­ties for Don­caster as the first half ended goal­less but Yeovil broke the dead­lock on 59 min­utes.

Hus­band tripped Holmes in­side the area and Hayter con­fi­dently best Johnstone from the spot.

Web­ster then avoided a red card for his clash with Khu­malo be­fore Yeovil missed a se­ries of chances. Johnstone made a point­blank save to deny Moore and Kevin Daw­son headed against the cross­bar, but Hayter’s strike proved enough for the hosts.

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