Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has praised his side's resolve, despite coming out on the wrong side of a 0-1 scoreline today at Huish Park. The Glovers lost to a Chris Porter goal just before the break that saw Sheffield United grab all three points, and putting Yeovil on a run of one win in six matches to start the 2011-12 season.
Although it was the club's second consecutive home defeat, Skiverton said after the match that he was proud of the way that his team competed against their more illustrious rivals:
"Sheffield will go home saying that was a hard-fought win. We are not laying down and dying. I want my team to reflect me and that was how I played. Sheffield took their chance. We didn't give three points away - they were wrestled off us by a team with better players."
Skiverton also refused to criticise left-back Curtis Haynes-Brown for getting sent off during the closing seconds of the match. The former Lowestoft Town defender had only just been given the Match Sponsor's Man of the Match over the tannoy, but referee Keith Stroud gave him a red card for a second bookable offence minutes later. Skiverton felt that up until that moment, Haynes-Brown had done well considering he was playing non-league football last season:
"From playing at Lowestoft last year, he was more than a match for their wide men. I thought he was excellent. For a young boy he handled the occasion very well and if anything it was the first tackle that put him on the back foot early on. He got a yellow card then because he was so eager to win the ball."
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