Glovers un­fazed by Gary’s de­par­ture

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

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.”



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