Yeovil Town beat Hereford United 4-0 in a passionately contested game at Huish Park today. Yeovil took the lead from an Adam Lockwood header which proved to be the only goal of the first half.
"The lads did us proud today" said a delighted Gary Johnson, "Except for a 20 minute period at the start of the second half when the ten men caused us a few problems. We rallied and got our just rewards in the end, I thought we played with great passion, right from the start we got two or three corners in the first five or ten minutes and there was some great football played out there."
Hereford had been reduced to ten men when John Grant was sent off with a straight red after a flare up which eventually involved most of the outfield players from both teams. Grant was sent off after extended deliberations from the referee and his assistants. Terry Skiverton was booked in the same incident.
"Unfortunately there was one melee when one lad got sent off which spoils the game a bit. There were a lot of people in it so how anyone else can tell I donít know but it was a scuffle , the referee has obviously consulted with his linesmen and unfortunately one of their lads has been sent off. Itís not something as a manager that you want but what happens is what happened. Ten men rally round and we got a little complacent but we recovered and unfortunately they got another one sent off at the end."
Yeovil put the game beyond Hereford with two goals in a minute, first from Kevin Gall and then from Kirk Jackson following a Gall cross.
"It was a fantastic result for us and a very important one as well. I was pleased with our bright start when the keeper made a couple of good saves and one or two were cleared off the line , but we can only keep going in these situations. We know we are going to create chances , we know we can score more than two a game so you just have to keep patient and keep doing what we know works for us."
The second sending off was deep into injury time when Tony James was dismissed for a professional foul on Kim Grant. Michael McIndoe scored from the resulting penalty.
"We knew it was going to be a passionate affair and it was important that we didnít get anyone sent off ourselves. If our boys only got a booking in that melee then it shows the referee knows that we werenít the instigators. I wasnít happy with how things were going and made two substitutions in the second half but Iím not sure either lad was involved in the two goals we got immediately after we brought them on. We gave the crowd a great end to the afternoon. There were some great games out there from certain individuals, if I had told you my team on Thursday then it was nowhere near the team that played today. Gavin Williams wife had his baby on his day off which was nice because we thought that might go on longer and he might not have played today. Jacko we had to take off because heís been ill and not trained all week. Maccaís not trained all week, Pluckyís not trained all week, Abdel El-Kholti wasnít playing yesterday but he recovered overnight , up until this morning we were struggling. 6000 people here today but itís not just the numbers. I've been at grounds with 6000 and thereís no atmosphere but thatís not the case here. Credit to Hereford for helping with their following but no-one can beat our following."
Yeovil carry on this season's campaign at Halifax on Tuesday evening in what is an important month.
"We havenít been beaten in 2003 , we have played ten league games and won nine and drawn one and if you want to stay at the top thatís the sort of run you have to make. They are showing that they have the mental toughness. We havenít gained anything today with good results from Chester and Donny but itís what we do, and every game that we win is another game that they canít catch up on."
Yeovil remain on top of the Conference table on 69 points, 8 points clear of Doncaster in 2nd place, 4-0 winners at Southport today. Chester remain 3rd, 11 points behind the Glovers after their 2-0 home win over play-off rivals Halifax. Morecambe and Dagenham enter the play-off zone at the expense of Halifax and Hereford after wins over Northwich and Kettering respectively. Click here to view the run-in to the end of the season for the main contenders for the title.
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