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24 February 2010 : Skivo : Pitch Helped Glovers Defend Lead
Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton said that Walsall's Bescot Stadium pitch made it an easier place to defend a 1-0 lead than it would have been at other grounds. The Glovers took the lead as early as the fifth minute when Sam Williams scrambled home a Gavin Tomlin cross at the second attempt, and that proved to be the winning goal.

Skiverton said that the pitch made it difficult for clear-cut chances to be created as a dusting of snow added to the conditions, and he felt that it was easier to defend than it was to attack in the conditions:

"I don't think it was a pitch for people to try and create something. It was an easier pitch to defend something, and we found that worked really well for us tonight. Walsall have been going up and down the country beating everybody and so for us to come here and get a result is very pleasing."

The Yeovil boss added that Walsall did create a number of chances, but struggled to convert them, and taking the early lead gave the Glovers something to hold onto:

"It was a hard-fought win. I thought Walsall created one or two decent chances where on another day they might have taken them, but I felt that we were the same. I felt we've earned that little bit of luck. I think we've been playing very well lately. Tonight we took the chance, and it just shows you when you've got something to hold onto, the spirit is a bit more there."


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