In-form Glovers do it the right Way

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Leigh Cur­tis By Dave Body­more

YEOVIL boss Dar­ren Way saluted his “four-midable” Glovers as they downed Notts County to main­tain their re­mark­able run of form.

The Glovers made it four wins on the spin with a vic­tory earned by Fran­cois Zoko’s se­cond-half header.

The win means Yeovil are now 11 points clear of the drop zone and have lost just one of their last ten games in what has been a re­mark­able charge out of rel­e­ga­tion dan­ger.

It could have been a more hand­some vic­tory too had Leroy Lita – a for­mer Notts County loa­nee – not missed a penalty which was saved by the bril­liant Scott Loach.

Loach pro­duced a stun­ning dis­play against the Glovers but Way was just happy to get the win.

“Notts County are a big club and have play­ers with ex­pe­ri­ence and qual­ity,” he said.

“But such is our con­fi­dence that we feel we can beat th­ese teams now and that makes me proud as man­ager.

“I have to say I thought their goal­keeper was fan­tas­tic.

“He made a ter­rific save from the penalty and it could have been a big­ger score than it was.

“As for the penalty, Leroy has taken it and some­times you miss and some­times you score.

“It’s im­por­tant that you don’t make a big deal of it.We have kept the run go­ing and that’s all we can do.”

De­feat left Notts with­out a win in six games and this was their fifth de­feat in that se­quence as their sea­son con­tin­ues to tail­spin.

Heavy in­vest­ment in the sum­mer led to pre­dic­tions of a re­turn to League One, but it has failed to ma­te­ri­alise.

They should have equalised af­ter Zoko’s header when Adam Camp­bell picked out Jon Stead, but all he could do was nod over from six yards.

It was a cru­cial miss, but man­ager Jamie Fullar­ton did not make any ex­cuses as to why his team failed to get back into the game as they slipped fur­ther down the League Two ta­ble.

“I am bit­terly dis­ap­pointed with any de­feat, but on re­flec­tion we didn’t de­serve to get any­thing out of the game,” he said.

“In both boxes we fell short and we were for­tu­nate that Scott Loach was in such good form.

“His form meant that we were for­tu­nate to come away with a 1-0 de­feat.

“Foot­ball is laced with irony and while Zoko scored against us – his old club – I am more con­cerned about what we do.

“We have to take on board what we are try­ing to do and get bet­ter.

“Oth­er­wise we will be con­tin­u­ally up against it and we don’t want that.”

WAR­REN Feeney be­lieves his New­port County side’s ex­cel­lent per­for­mance at Frat­ton Park was the re­sult of a golf­ing day dur­ing the week.

Scott Bo­den’s 15th goal of the cam­paign was sand­wiched by ef­forts from Dar­ren Jones and Dean Mor­gan.

The Portsmouth fans turned on their side de­spite still be­ing in the hunt for pro­mo­tion, as they saw few ef­forts on goal and Gary Roberts dis­missed for a se­cond yel­low card.

Feeney said:“Thank you to the club for golf. It’s all about wrap­ping the boys up in cot­ton wool now and not re­ally train­ing them.

“You’ve got to do a lit­tle bit of light work here and there with the po­si­tion we are in, but it’s about get­ting the boys to­gether.

“I’m big into work ethic, you could say team bond­ing, but I am keen to get the play­ers to­gether. I hate leav­ing play­ers out but it’s got to be done.

“We had a good day on Thurs­day, but what wor­ried me more was there may have been some bet­ter golfers than foot­ballers,” the North­ern Ir­ish­man joked.

He con­tin­ued:“If you look at our front four or five, they are full of legs.When­ever we go the ball, we hit them on the counter at­tack.

“I told my lads to let them have the ball. To me foot­ball is a sim­ple game. You get good play­ers, play to your strengths and keep it sim­ple.”

Jones put the Ex­iles in front with 11 min­utes of the first half to play. The de­fender stood strong as Liverpool loa­nee keeper Ryan Ful­ton jumped into him, al­low­ing the New­port man to head into an empty net.

Roberts was sent pack­ing just be­fore the hour mark, re­ceiv­ing his se­cond book­ing for div­ing on the edge of the box af­ter pick­ing up his first yel­low card just six min­utes ear­lier. Bo­den dou­bled the away side’s lead in the 69th minute, meet­ing the ma­raud­ing Medy El­ito’s left-footed cross to head be­yond Ful­ton.

And se­cond-half sub­sti­tute Mor­gan con­firmed the win with three min­utes left on the clock. He tapped in at the back post from Mark Byrne’s cross from the right.

Portsmouth boss Paul Cook ad­mit­ted that his side let the Frat­ton Park crowd down hav­ing not lost in their last four games.

He said:“We have let our sup­port­ers down so badly it’s un­true.

“But I think they’re get­ting used to it now. We’ve promised so much but de­liv­ered so lit­tle.

“Credit to New­port, they were bet­ter than us. They were hun­grier and didn’t come to park the bus in any shape or form.

“I think we thought we’d just turn up and win com­fort­ably be­cause we are on a roll and ev­ery­thing will be al­right. Foot­ball doesn’t work like that.

“There’s no ex­cuses from us. We were beaten by a bet­ter team. That’s where we are as a team, we’re con­sis­tently in­con­sis­tent.

“Un­for­tu­nately it’s like snakes and lad­ders and we just fell right back down to the lad­der again.

“The big­gest dis­ap­point­ment is we showed signs of be­ing able to do it last week.”

PIC­TURES: Adam Rivers/Pro Sport

GREAT SCOTT: Scott Bo­den heads home New­port’s se­cond STAR MAN MEDY EL­ITO

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