COR­NICK’S MO­MENT OF CLASS PUTS GLOVERS BACK ON TRACK

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

HARRY Cor­nick’s stun­ner could be just the boost that Yeovil needed and boss Paul Stur­rock says his mes­sage is start­ing to be re­ceived af­ter a dif­fi­cult start to the sea­son.

Bournemouth loa­nee Cor­nick lit up the game in the first half as he cut in from the left be­fore dis­patch­ing a curl­ing ef­fort past the de­spair­ing dive of Fred­die Wood­man.

It is the Glovers’ first away win of the sea­son and Cor­nick’s strike atoned for wast­ing two great ear­lier chances, with both Ryan Bird and the goalscorer fail­ing to score while one-on-one.

In the sec­ond half Crawley dom­i­nated and came close to an equaliser when Sonny Bradley hit the cross­bar.

But Stur­rock said: “We scored a great goal and had some very good chances we didn’t take as well. But the pres­sure they put us un­der to­wards the end may have mer­ited a goal.

“Our lads would have

been gut­ted if that had hap­pened be­cause they gave it ev­ery­thing and they are start­ing to take on board ev­ery­thing I’m telling them.

“We had to with­stand the pres­sure late on and although we didn’t clear our lines very well it’s pleas­ing to get a clean sheet.

“We worked hard this week on our shape and our tac­tics and we’ve got our first away win of the sea­son which is im­por­tant.”

Yeovil saw Bird race clear early on, only to slice his shot wide, be­fore Cor­nick also broke through but shot straight at Wood­man.

But on 28 min­utes the winger set­tled the game with a long-range goal that left the home side stunned.

In the sec­ond half Crawley dom­i­nated pos­ses­sion but the clos­est they came to a goal was when de­fender Bradley hit the cross­bar from Luke Rooney’s cor­ner.

While Yeovil were with­out ten play­ers due to in­jury, Crawley could only name four sub­sti­tutes af­ter new sign­ing Rhys Mur­phy was ruled out with ton­sil­li­tis.

The home crowd vented their frus­tra­tions af­ter the loss, but Mark Yates was re­luc­tant to be crit­i­cal of his patched-up team. He said: “I can un­der­stand the frus­tra­tions of the sup­port­ers and I’m not go­ing to say it’s a good per­for­mance.

“We could have been a cou­ple of goals down be­fore they scored be­cause mis­takes were creep­ing into our game.

“But we’ve had 13 shots at goal and not worked their keeper, which sums us up at the mo­ment and is dis­ap­point­ing.

“I’m not go­ing to crit­i­cise them too much, and crit­i­cise my­self be­cause we’ve got a tough away game on Tues­day and we need to pre­pare.”

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