The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Paul Humphrey

BAT­TLING Yeovil Town pulled off an un­ex­pected win at pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Mans­field Town.

After a 17-game un­beaten run it was a sec­ond suc­ces­sive de­feat for the Stags as the strug­gling Glovers ended a run of 10 matches with­out vic­tory.

Mans­field also fin­ished the day with 10 men as Matt Pre­ston was sent off for a sec­ond book­able of­fence.

Yeovil boss Dar­ren Way was left beam­ing with de­light after Jor­dan Green’s goal de­cided a scrappy game.

Way said: “The play­ers showed un­be­liev­able char­ac­ter and re­silience.

“Mans­field is not an easy place to come to – their record speaks for it­self.

“The win was im­por­tant for the play­ers more than any­thing as the en­vi­ron­ment at Yeovil Town Foot­ball Club had be­come a lit­tle bit toxic. That’s not a healthy en­vi­ron­ment.

“But our dress­ing room is good and the re­la­tion­ship I’ve got with the play­ers is good, so noth­ing was go­ing to upset that.

“We knew we were close to a win. But com­ing here I don’t think any­one ex­pected us to get any­thing, but we did. That’s foot­ball.”

Mans­field Town boss David Fl­itcroft said: “We lost too many in­di­vid­ual bat­tles in the first half.

“We couldn’t get into sec­ond gear and there was no flu­id­ity to what we did.

“When we did get the other side of their press we were not care­ful enough or clin­i­cal enough in our play to re­lease Tyler Walker or CJ Hamil­ton.

“We needed a match-win­ning pass. It’s a po­si­tion of re­spon­si­bil­ity. There was a lack of re­spon­si­bil­ity and own­er­ship in key mo­ments.

“In the sec­ond half we got on the front foot and com­pletely dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings, but there was no real punch to any­thing we did in that last third.

“Their keeper has done well but we should have made him work even harder. It’s about pre­ci­sion and place­ment.

“I feel sorry for the sup­port­ers as they tried to get us back in the game. We didn’t do them jus­tice.”

Mans­field strug­gled against a pow­er­ful wind in the first half and found them­selves trail­ing to Jake Green’s 19th-minute strike.

Carl Dick­in­son’s long ball saw Green skip through to slot un­der de­but-mak­ing keeper Jor­dan Smith.

The Stags strug­gled to play their foot­ball though Hamil­ton and Walker both forced good saves from Nathan Bax­ter, who also tipped over a 30-yarder from Ja­cob Mel­lis.

The hosts had a let-off after 56 min­utes as Smith beat away a fierce Green shot and when Jake Gray curled the ball back in it came back off the bar.

After the break Bax­ter made a re­mark­able save to thwart Danny Rose while Walker headed home sec­onds later only to be de­nied by an off­side flag.

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

GREEN MA­CHINE: Yeovil’s Jor­dan Green has just scored, in­set

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