Comeback is birthday treat for Sturrock
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.”
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