CORNICK’S MOMENT OF CLASS PUTS GLOVERS BACK ON TRACK
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.”