Dickson is the hero as Yeovil look safe

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

YEOVIL TOWN pulled nine points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone thanks to Ryan Dickson’s stop­page time win­ner.

Dickson’s se­cond goal in suc­ces­sive games earned the Glovers a third con­sec­u­tive win and pre­vented Mans­field from clos­ing in on the play-off po­si­tions.

The vis­i­tors rode their luck as Mans­field’s Reg­gie Lambe hit the cross­bar and goal­keeper Ar­tur Krysiak made good saves to deny Lambe and Matt Green.

Yeovil man­ager Dar­ren Way said: “It’s fan­tas­tic to come here and bat­tle to a third win in a row. The lads were all bril­liant here.

“We dealt well with their threats and we han­dled the phys­i­cal side of the game very well to beat a very good team.

“The way we tell the play­ers to play is a risk and re­ward ap­proach and that ap­plied to Ryan Dickson when he scored the win­ner.

“For a full-back to have the en­ergy lev­els to get for­ward to score a goal in stop­page time is tremen­dous and he de­serves great credit. He got his re­ward for be­ing in the box.”

Mans­field cre­ated the bet­ter first-half chances, with Krysiak keep­ing out a long-range shot from Lambe be­fore the same player blasted over from ten yards.

Af­ter the break, Lee Collins sent a free header straight into Krysiak’s arms, while the ‘keeper re­acted well to keep out a pow­er­ful an­gled drive from Green.

Lambe then hit the cross­bar with a curl­ing shot from 20 yards be­fore sub Adi Yus­suf forced an­other save from Krysiak.

But as the game en­tered stop­page time it was Yeovil who scored the win­ner as Bran­don Good­ship broke into the box and crossed for Dickson to sweep the ball home with his left foot.

Mans­field re­main two points out­side the play-off places and boss Adam Mur­ray re­flected on a missed op­por­tu­nity to break into the top seven.

He said: “I’m ut­terly dis­ap­pointed. I think that was a clas­sic smash and grab from an away side.

“Their cap­tain has come to apol­o­gise to us which says it all. “Gut­ted is an un­der­state­ment but we have put our­selves in a po­si­tion where if we are not go­ing to be ruth­less in the fi­nal third and we are not go­ing to make bet­ter de­ci­sions then we have to de­fend prop­erly for the whole 94 min­utes which we had here.

“We had more than enough op­por­tu­ni­ties to score but we just weren’t clin­i­cal enough and we left our­selves open to the sucker punch.

“They weren’t even hard chances they were glo­ri­ous chances and we didn’t take them but that is the way it goes some­times.”


LLI Mansfi


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