Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way described Ben Tozer's 86th minute winner against Stevenage as an echo of past times at Huish Park, as he reflected upon his first match in charge of the club. Way has been given the reins for an indefinite period of time, following the dismissal of boss Paul Sturrock and his first objective was to keep the club in the FA Cup, and steer them through to the Third Round stage. That was achieved via a 1-0 win in the last four minutes of a tight game, giving the club their first victory in five attempts.
Way was appointed by the club on Tuesday afternoon, and so has only had two training sessions with the players so far. However, he was pleased with the response he got from his players, and told BBC Somerset after the game that it was a good feeling to get that win, with victories having been so thin on the ground during the last two-and-a-half seasons:
"It's a good feeling - not so much for me but for the players and the supporters. I changed the environment and got a win on the first game. Obviously on the back of results that we've had, that was not good - speaking to the supporters and the fans, you can imagine what it's been like in going to work for the last three years, and perhaps not winning football matches. It's been a difficult time. But we've stayed strong, and hopefully that's the echoes of what it used to be like at Huish Park."
Tozer had only been introduced to the field of play in the 74th minute, as a replacement for Josh Sheehan, as the Glovers tried to put pressure on a Stevenage side that looked increasingly as though they were trying to take the game to a replay. Way admitted that the game had been a difficult one to play in, due to blustery conditions throughout the 90 minutes, but said that the introduction of Tozer had been a tactical change to try to reshape the game in his side's favour:
"That was tactical in the conditions that we had. I'm really proud for Ben Tozer, because he's had a tough time, and to finish it like that is fantastic. The conditions were horrendous. Trying to manage a game in those conditions is difficult. But the players responded - we could have been put under real severe pressure in those conditions. But we had a game plan and the players stuck to it, and we kept it simple. We had one objective, and that was to make sure that we got through to the next round and we've done that."
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