GREEN LIGHT REVIVES GLOVERS
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.
GREEN MACHINE: Yeovil’s Jordan Green has just scored, inset