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YEOVIL man­ager Gary John­son in­sists he only wants play­ers who are will­ing to fight for sur­vival af­ter his base­ment boys gave their sur­vival hopes a boost by beat­ing Black­pool – de­spite ditch­ing top-scorer Ish­mael Miller.

The Glovers trav­elled to Bloom­field Road with­out Miller, with the on-loan Not­ting­ham For­est striker un­der­stood to have breached club dis­ci­pline.

But it mat­tered lit­tle as James Hayter scored a first-half penalty and Tom Lawrence, on loan from Manch­ester United, grabbed his first Yeovil goal to en­sure El­liot Grandin’s su­perb 78th-minute strike was noth­ing but a con­so­la­tion for Black­pool.

De­spite still rooted to the foot of the ta­ble the re­sult was a first win in seven for Yeovil and John­son was full of praise for his at­tack­ing duo in Miller’s ab­sence.

“I’m not sure he (Miller) has re­turned to Not­ting­ham For­est yet but he’s left our club,” John­son said. “Ob­vi­ously we thank him for his goals but we’ve agreed that we would part com­pany and go into these next few games with people that I think are go­ing to score goals and work very hard and put in an ag­gres­sive work rate.

“The top lads scored a goal each and they did just that so you don’t want to get into too many de­tails and that’s how it is.We just felt that some­times play­ers are not con­ducive to your en­vi­ron­ment and that was the case.

“It was a meet­ing we had and he [Miller] said that he wouldn’t play but that sort of co­in­cided with what we was think­ing.

“But now we move on. I’m re­ally pleased with the two strik­ers. We do thank him for his goals and we do wish him well for the fu­ture.

“There’s 18 points to play for so we need to pick up as many points as we can.”

Af­ter David Good­willie had fluffed his line early on Yeovil took the lead as Hayter scroed from the penalty spot in the 16th minute af­ter Black­pool de­fender Tony McMa­hon was ad­judged to have han­dled in the area from a cor­ner. Barry Fer­gu­son’s side had a golden op­por­tu­nity to equalise af­ter 24 min­utes as MacKen­zie met a McMa­hon free­kick from the right but headed over un­marked from six yards.

Black­pool, booed off at half­time, came close to con­ced­ing again af­ter 48 min­utes. The ball broke to Grant from a free-kick and he forced Gilks to save his right-foot smash from eight yards.

Good­willie squan­dered a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to equalise af­ter 53 min­utes, drib­bling through the Yeovil de­fence be­fore in­ex­pli­ca­bly fir­ing over when one-on-one with the keeper from 12 yards. And Yeovil dou­bled their lead af­ter 74 min­utes as Lawrence was slipped in down the mid­dle and struck the ball low left-footed be­tween the legs of Gilks.

Black­pool struck back al­most im­me­di­ately as sub­sti­tute Grandin’s dip­ping shot from 25 yards crept just un­der Dunn’s bar af­ter 78 min­utes – but that was as good as it got for the hosts.

De­feat leaves Black­pool just six points above the rel­e­ga­tion zone in 18th and care­taker man­ager Fer­gu­son said: “They were the bet­ter team on the day, which is dis­ap­point­ing for me be­cause the way I want to play is not the way that I know the boys in that dress­ing room played.

“I’ll put it down to a bad day at the of­fice. But it’s hurt­ing be­cause I know those boys in­side out and that’s not the way they want to play.The only good thing about it is that we’ve got a game in 72 hours against Derby and we can put this game to bed.

“We need to im­prove on ev­ery­thing. I need to go away and have a long hard think about what to do on Tues­day.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

GAME OVER: Tom Lawrence makes it 2-0 to the Glovers



MOB RULE: Lawrence is con­grat­u­lated af­ter his strike

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