Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that his players deserved all the plaudits, after they dug in deep to secure a 2-0 victory over Barnet on Tuesday night. The Glovers sealed their win, thanks to an ultra-early goal from AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge that was coupled with an ultra-late goal from veteran Francois Zoko. In between that things were not so comfortable, with the Bees particularly making life difficult for the home side during the second half, striking the post at one stage as they sought an equalising goal to Surridge's early spot kick.
Way admitted his side rode their luck at times during the match, but suggested that was part of Barnet's formation changes after the break that made it difficult for his side to defend. In the end he was pleased with what the players served up, and told BBC Somerset they deserved the praise they got at the end of the game:
"I'm very pleased for my players. Extremely pleased; I feel proud. My young team went up against a Barnet team that were very aggressive at times. We rode our luck a little bit for about ten or fifteen minutes there, where the ball bounced back off the post. But I think that when you're down at the bottom you've got nothing to lose. It was almost like a game of basketball, which we knew and we talked to the players. There were times when if you'd stopped play, then on analysis they were playing a 4-2-4, leaving four players up front, so it was extremely difficult if you don't win that first header. But the players are very resilient, to get the results that we've got, they deserve all the plaudits that they get."
Although Surridge and Zoko grab the headlines for their goals, the second half performance of second-choice goalkeeper Jonny Maddison was also significant in why Yeovil won the match. He produced four or five superb saves to keep a clean sheet - something that was noteworthy given that it was his first start of the 2017-18 season.
Way admitted that he had some 'uncomfortable conversations' with Maddison about his previous lack of game time, revealing that the former Leicester City player had asked to move during the January transfer window in search of game time. However, with main custodian Artur Krysiak currently out with a knee injury, Maddison has finally got his opportunity and Way was pleased that he had taken it:
"He's worked extremely hard. I keep saying that we've had some uncomfortable conversations. I said to him that he had to wait his time. He wanted to move in the (transfer) window. But this is his opportunity and today you're judged on your reputation, and his reputation with the supporters singing his name is very high. So I'm very pleased for Jonny, and a mention must go to Steve Phillips as well, because he's worked the players extremely hard. But we're all in this together, we fight together and we win together."
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