JOHN­SON GETS SINK­ING FEEL­ING

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IF YEOVIL learn one les­son from their soli­tary sea­son in the Cham­pi­onship it will be that mis­takes will be ruth­lessly pun­ished as they limped back to League One, leav­ing boss Gary John­son with a sour taste in the mouth.

The Glovers have long since known that they’ll be back in League One next sea­son but had hoped to sign off in style at Huish Park – in­stead they were their own worst en­e­mies.

The end of the sea­son looked like it couldn’t come quick enough for John­son’s play­ers, whose dread­ful er­rors gifted Boro all four goals, as Em­manuel Ledesma (2), Danny Gra­ham and Lee Tom­lin took ad­van­tage.

Yeovil briefly lev­elled through James Hayter but John­son was not im­pressed.

He said: “We went out on a bit of a damp squib and I was dis­ap­pointed with our per­for­mance. But that’s the na­ture of this di­vi­sion, if you don’t com­pete then teams can cut you open.

“Per­haps some of the lads had their eyes on some­where else but they’ve had a great sea­son and it was a day where it just didn’t hap­pen.

“The goals we con­ceded were poor and we don’t gen­er­ally make those mis­takes that cost goals like that.

“We couldn’t get our­selves back in the game af­ter that and now our time in the Cham­pi­onship is at an end.

“We’re sorry we’ve sent the sup­port­ers home with a de­feat in the last game of the sea­son but I was as frus­trated as they were that the lads didn’t per­form.”

Boro flirted with the rel­e­ga­tion zone them­selves ear­lier in the sea­son un­der for­mer man­ager Tony Mow­bray.

But they’ve ended the cam­paign strongly un­der Ai­tor Karanka and must surely be ready to mount a pro­mo­tion as­sault next term.

Karanka said: “I’m pleased be­cause we’ve fin­ished the sea­son very strongly and the play­ers de­serve credit.

“We could have scored more goals but it was dif­fi­cult be­cause Yeovil were al­ready rel­e­gated and that’s a tough sit­u­a­tion.

“It was the last game of the sea­son and there wasn’t much to play for. I hope the crowd en­joyed it but it wasn’t a dif­fi­cult test.

“I’m pleased with how things have gone be­cause when I came in we were fur­ther down the ta­ble, to­wards the bot­tom.

“We’ve ended the sea­son well and we weren’t too far away. I’m happy with my play­ers, their at­ti­tude has been great, and we go into next sea­son know­ing we have a very good team.

“Em­manuel has had a very good sea­son with me. Since I ar­rived he’s played lots of games and scored some im­por­tant goals.”

Middlesbrough missed a great early chance to go ahead when Gra­ham mis-kicked in front of goal af­ter a fine run and cross from Nathaniel Chalobah.

But they took the lead on 31 min­utes when Marek Stech spilled a long-range shot from Ledesma and Gra­ham tapped in.

Yeovil equalised seven min­utes later when Luke Ayling crossed from the right and Hayter con­verted from six yards.

But an­other er­ror then saw Boro re­store their lead as Jamie McAl­lis­ter’s way­ward header fell for Gra­ham, who set up Ledesma to make it 2-1.

Just be­fore half-time, the vis­i­tors scored their third as a long clear­ance from keeper Ja­son Steele was al­lowed to bounce through to Tom­lin, who rounded Stech be­fore scor­ing.

And just sec­ond af­ter the break it was 4-1 af­ter a mis­take from-Yeovil de­fender Shane Duffy gifted the ball to Gra­ham.

The striker set up Adam Reach to cross for an un­marked Ledesma to com­fort­ably vol­ley in at the back post.

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

WAV­ING GOOD­BYE: Yeovil cap­tain Jamie McAl­lis­ter thanks the Glovers fans at the fi­nal whis­tle

DOU­BLE DE­LIGHT: Em­manuel Ledesma scored twice for Boro

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