Glovers unfazed by Gary’s departure
YEOVIL Town acting boss Terry Skiverton likened the sacking of Gary Johnson in midweek to a death in the family, but still saw his side claim a victory over fellow strugglers Crawley that lifts them off the bottom of the League One table.
The Glovers ditched the most successful manager in their history on Wednesday, with Johnson departing after three years in charge.
But Yeovil hit back from a goal down to beat Crawley at Huish Park for the second time this season.
The Sussex side went ahead in the first half as Izale McLeod headed in from Jimmy Smith's right wing cross.
But Yeovil fought back after the break, with Gozie Ugwu levelling before Ajay LeitchSmith slotted in the winner.
Skiverton said: "It's been a tough week.
“With Gary leaving it's almost like having a death in the family because he is such a legend at this club.
"So for us to come out the other end and get off to such a good start is a real positive for everyone here.
"We've got to move on and we've got a good result today.We dealt with adversity after falling behind and showed good resilience to hit back.
"We could feel that the supporters were with us as well. There was no negativity in the ground today and that is important."
Crawley weathered a spell of early Yeovil pressure before going ahead on 27 minutes, with McLeod beating Stephen Arthurworrey to Smith cross and heading last Artur Krysiak.
The home side then saw Ryan Dickson clear off the line from Kieffer Moore as they looked for an equaliser before halftime.
They finally levelled on 66 minutes, with Ugwu beating goalkeeper Lewis Price to Sam Foley's free-kick to head into an empty net.
And just six minutes later Yeovil scored the winner as James Hayter and Foley combined to set up Leitch-Smith, who converted from close range.
Crawley slipped below Yeovil in the League One table after losing to their relegation rivals, leaving boss Dean Saunders a frustrated man.
He said: "We gave away too many fouls in the second half and that proved costly because they score a lot of their goals from set-plays.
"We did well in the first half, taking the lead, keeping them at bay and only giving away four fouls. But we gave 14 away in the second half after I told them at half-time not to give any away.
"But we also had a great chance to make it 2-0 before they scored.
“Gwion was clean through just after halftime and if he scores we probably go on to win the game comfortably.”
STAR MAN SAM FOLEY