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YEOVIL Town moved out of the League Two relegation zone after recording back-to-back home league wins for the first time this season.
When Glovers manager Darren Way took over from Paul Sturrock in December,Yeovil had won just two league games all season.
But their revival under Way has now seen them beat both York City and now Crawley at Huish Park this month as they look to avoid a third successive relegation.
After a goalless first half, substitute Ryan Bird pounced on Jon Ashton’s mistake to put the home side ahead from close range on 59 minutes.
And a brilliant long-range strike from fellow sub Tahvon Campbell, his first-ever senior goal, doubled Yeovil’s lead with 13 minutes left.
A late header from Lee Barnard gave Crawley hope of a comeback, but Yeovil comfortably held on for a deserved victory.
Way said: “Since I’ve been manager of this football club we’ve talked about getting above the relegation line and we’ve done it.
“The lads gave me absolutely everything after a tiring cup tie in midweek which went to extra-time and penalties and I thought we deserved it. The supporters saw a great performance and we managed to get the goals in the second half after the ball didn’t quite fall for us in the first half.
“The two subs came on and both scored and it shows how important it is that you keep working hard when you’re not in the team.
“They’ve done that, earned their chance and have ended up being the players who got us over the line to a crucial three points.”
Crawley threatened on the break through the pace of Gwion Edwards and Roarie Deacon but were unable to find a way through until Barnard’s late header.
Manager Mark Yates said: “It was very disappointing. In the second half we were camped in our own half and we lacked energy.
“You’ve got to give Yeovil credit. They were better than us and deserved the win but we shot ourselves in the foot with the goals we conceded. When we got forward and created chances we lacked composure and snatched at our shots at goal.”
Bird opened the scoring when Ashton diverted Matt Dolan’s cross and the striker poked the ball past Callum Preston.
Campbell’s powerful curling shot past Preston from 20 yards doubled the advantage.
Barnard’s header over the stranded Artur Krysiak gave Crawley vain hope of a comeback.
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