Come­back is birth­day treat for Stur­rock

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ge­orge Thorpe

BIRTH­DAY-BOY Paul Stur­rock says he had to give his Yeovil side a dress­ing down at half-time which inspired a sec­ond-half fight­back against fel­low League Two strug­glers Da­gen­ham & Red­bridge.

First-half goals from Kane Fer­di­nand and Frankie Ray­mond had put the Dag­gers 2-0 up as the Yeovil de­fence failed to clear crosses from Ash­ley Hem­mings on both oc­ca­sions.

But Ryan Bird headed home to give the Glovers hope on 69 min­utes be­fore Liam O’Brien punched straight into the chest of Jakub Soko­lik and the ball flew into the net to hand the hosts a point.

Yeovil boss Stur­rock, cel­e­brat­ing his 59th birth­day, said: “Hope­fully there’s no tapes of the first half.

“I had a few wee words with a cou­ple of the play­ers and af­ter half-time they did re­spond.

“The first half was a bit Rocky Hor­ror Show and I was dis­ap­pointed with it, but we got our­selves back into it in the sec­ond half.

“At the end of the day, I am not go­ing to blame my­self for this as I think the play­ers have to take some of the re­spon­si­bil­ity for the per­for­mances.

“At the mo­ment we are see­ing the good, the bad and the ugly at Yeovil and there has been a lot of bad and ugly, but the sec­ond-half per­for­mance showed there is good there.”

The Dag­gers took the lead when Fer­di­nand con­verted his first goal of the sea­son – in­deed it was the for­mer Southend midfielder’s first goal since March 2013.

Ray­mond also notched his first of the sea­son a minute be­fore the break and the visi­tors looked on course for their first win in six League Two games.

But Bird got his head onto a cross from Con­nor Roberts to pull one back and Yeovil’s new­found belief was re­warded when O’Brien’s howler gifted for­mer Liver­pool de­fender Soko­lik his first goal in English football 13 min­utes from time. Dag­gers as­sis­tant man­ager Dar­ren Cur­rie re­vealed goal­keeper O’Brien apol­o­gised for his mis­take at Huish Park.

“We are dis­ap­pointed to have only taken a point, es­pe­cially af­ter con­ced­ing a cou­ple of goals we should have done bet­ter at,” said Cur­rie.

“Liam has held his hand up in the dress­ing room and that is good to see him man up, but it is a mis­take that has cost us two points.

“We thought it was go­ing in one di­rec­tion, but we had to make a change at half-time be­cause Jodi Jones has been feel­ing his groin for the last cou­ple of days and maybe it threw our mo­men­tum out a bit.

“We had play­ers out of po­si­tion and they did well, so credit to them, and we have a lot of ba­bies on the bench, but that’s where we are and the forced change did not help.”

STAR­MAN CON­NOR ROBERTS Yeovil

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