Dickson is the hero as Yeovil look safe
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.”
STAR MAN RYAN TAFAZO