JOEL GRANTS GLOVERS A WIN

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Spit­tles

JOEL GRANT lit up Huish Park with a won­der­ful in­di­vid­ual goal to win the game for Yeovil Town – and show what a key man he can be for the Glovers.

The for­mer Wy­combe winger missed the start of the sea­son after suf­fer­ing a foot in­jury while train­ing on a tread­mill.

He was im­me­di­ately thrust into the start­ing line-up when he re­turned to fit­ness – and quickly proved his worth.

The game was drift­ing to­wards a goal­less draw when Grant re­ceived pos­ses­sion with two min­utes left and danced through the Posh de­fence be­fore slot­ting past Ben Al­nwick.

And Yeovil man­ager Gary John­son could not hide his de­light after snatch­ing vic­tory.

“It was a su­per goal and that’s his skill, he’s a very good dribbler and has great close con­trol,” he said.

“It was a great slalom fin­ish and a fit­ting way to round off a fan­tas­tic team per­for­mance.

“Joel’s got a lot of abil­ity. When he came to us he needed to im­prove his fit­ness and his work ethic and he’s done that.

“We missed him when he was out through in­jury and he can’t rest on his lau­rels now, he has to keep work­ing hard to be part of the team.

“It’s our first home win of the sea­son and I’m de­lighted that our fans have now seen what we can do here.”

Posh boss Dar­ren Fer­gu­son was left to re­flect on con­ced­ing another late goal – and also felt the of­fi­cials wrongly ruled out a goal from Mar­cus Mad­di­son in the first half.

He said: “We’ve lost another game to a late goal and that’s a bad habit to get into from our point of view.

“I thought we were poor in the sec­ond half but you take the point and move on.

“In­stead we’ve lost two games on the bounce now.

“It was a poor goal for us to con­cede as well. It was poor de­fend­ing be­cause he just walked through us.

“It’s good skill from the boy but it should be de­fended bet­ter.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed as well be­cause Mar­cus’ shot in the first half has hit the cross­bar and is over the line by two yards. The lines­man had a quick decision to make but he has got that one wrong.”

Mad­di­son’s mo­ment came on 28 min­utes when he let fly with a left footed shot from 20 yards, which hit the un­der­side of the bar and bounced down near the line but then clear of the Yeovil goal.

The Glovers also hit the bar in an en­ter­tain­ing first half as Ki­ef­fer Moore’s header was bril­liantly saved at full stretch by Posh keeper Ben Al­nwick. Moore also came close after the break when he pounced on Jack Bald­win’s er­ror but saw his shot de­flected ag­o­nis­ingly wide by Al­nwick in be­tween the sticks.

But Grant set­tled the game with only two min­utes left on the clock. The for­mer Chair­boy winger picked the ball up 20 yards from goal, drib­bled past three de­fend­ers be­fore slid­ing the ball into the back of the net.

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

KEAN KEEPER: Yeovil’s Jake Kean keeps out Conor Wash­ing­ton’s ef­fort JUST GLOVELY: Yeovil’s Joel Grant, sec­ond left, is mobbed after scor­ing the Glovers’ win­ner

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