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

HAV­ING watched Marvin El­liott de­stroy his side, Yeovil Town boss Gary John­son was left to re­flect rue­fully on what might have been.

The for­mer Bris­tol City mid­fielder signed for Craw­ley ear­lier this month after fail­ing to earn a deal with the Glovers de­spite a lengthy trial spell in Som­er­set.

And he was out­stand­ing for his new club, dom­i­nat­ing in mid­field be­fore find­ing time to pop up with two headed goals to set­tle the game in Craw­ley's favour.

El­liott put the home side ahead on 57 min­utes when he pow­er­fully headed in a cross from Gwion Ed­wards.

And he ef­fec­tively set­tled the game in Craw­ley's favour just two min­utes later when he headed in again, this time from a Jimmy Smith cen­tre.

John­son, who man­aged El­liott at Bris­tol City, said:“When he was with us at Yeovil we felt he was a cou­ple of weeks away from be­ing fit enough to get into our team.

“We didn't have that time avail­able to us and I al­ready had other mid­field­ers lined up to bring in.

“But we know what Marvin can do and of course play­ers al­ways seem to do it against their old team or their for­mer man­agers.

“What he's got to do now is make sure he does it for Craw­ley ev­ery week now.

“The goals were typ­i­cal Marvin El­liott and did things like that for me at Bris­tol City when we were one game away from the Premier League.

“Craw­ley have done well to get him fit and now he's ready to play they’ve got a good player on their hands.”

El­liott had to re­cover from hand and an­kle in­juries sus­tained in his fi­nal game for Bris­tol City be­fore find­ing a new club.

And Craw­ley as­sis­tant boss Paul Groves is de­lighted with the im­pact the 30-year-old has had at the Broad­field Sta­dium.

Groves said: “He's a fan­tas­tic per­son in and around the dress­ing room and he’s a good pro for the other lads to look at.

“On the pitch he’s given us another di­men­sion, he’s given us so­lid­ity in there and ob­vi­ously he’s chipped in with the goals out there as well.

“When you con­sider how long he was out of the game with his in­juries and the fact he hasn’t had a proper pre-sea­son, it’s credit to him how he's looked after him­self.

“I know he was train­ing with Yeovil be­fore com­ing to us, but for us Marv is a good fit with the qual­i­ties he brings to our side.”

Yeovil edged the first half and came close to an open­ing goal when Joel Grant's low shot hit the post but re­bounded to safety.

They also saw Craw­ley keeper Jamie Ash­down make good saves to deny Ki­ef­fer Moore and Grant. But after the break the game be­longed to Craw­ley – and El­liott in par­tic­u­lar - as the home side scored more than one goal in a league game for the first time this sea­son.

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

DOU­BLING UP: Keeper Jake Kean watches as Marvin El­liott of scores his sec­ond for Craw­ley

DREAM DE­BUT: Marvin El­liott cel­e­brates his first



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