JOHNSON GETS SINKING FEELING
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.
WAVING GOODBYE: Yeovil captain Jamie McAllister thanks the Glovers fans at the final whistle
DOUBLE DELIGHT: Emmanuel Ledesma scored twice for Boro