JOEL GRANTS GLOVERS A WIN
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.
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