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Stunning double triumph takes Glovers off bottom

By Western Gazette - North Dorset  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

DEBUT GOAL:  Nottingham Forest loanee Ishmael Miller congratulates Joe Edwards on his assist for the debutant's goal at Watford on Saturday.  Picture by Graeme Truby/Pinnacle

DEBUT GOAL: Nottingham Forest loanee Ishmael Miller congratulates Joe Edwards on his assist for the debutant's goal at Watford on Saturday. Picture by Graeme Truby/Pinnacle

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WATFORD

ECSTATIC comes to mind to describe how I feel, although I don't always use that word too much. I thought the lads were magnificent today, both in and out of possession.

You've got to be very bold and strong and committed when you come to Watford, with their good footballers. Then you've got to be assured in possession when you've got the ball. If ever there was 100 per cent effort, that was it today.

You can't have more than 100 per cent, and they gave it – they gave me everything. That's why you've got to be proud of them – they're proud of themselves.

We've worked very hard this week on Watford's game and where we thought we could open them up a little bit, and the lads played to the plan absolutely perfectly.

John (Lundstram) was magnificent in the middle and he played his 90 minutes. We knew the two lads up front (Adam Morgan and Ishmael Miller) were probably only going to have 65 or 70 minutes in them, but we wanted a big 65 or 70 minutes. What they were was clever. They are both clever in what they do.

Ishmael obviously gave us the goal and gave us a little bit of presence up there. Young Adam is going to be a top player because he makes those clever runs.

MATCH STATS

GOALS: Yeovil – Webster 45 +2, Miller 53, Edwards 90 +3.

PITCH: Good.

WEATHER: Dry and cold.

MATCH RATING: ****

TEAM RATING: ****

ATT: 15,263.

BOOKINGS: Watford – none. Yeovil – Lundstram (foul), Grant (foul).

VERDICT: A truly unforgettable afternoon in the history of Yeovil Town, this was pretty much dreamland for the 945-strong travelling faithful. After weathering an early storm and growing in stature, the Glovers decisively built on an opening goal against the run of play. Gary Johnson's men nullified Watford across the park and backed up a gallant and gutsy defensive display by attacking with flair. Johnson was bold to field three loan debutants but each of them made a positive impact.

REF WATCH: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire) – Had little to do in a well-tempered match, allowing the encounter to flow.

WESTERN GAZETTE MAN OF THE MATCH: Byron Webster (Yeovil Town) – On a day when the Glovers' defence proved the platform for their success it was only fitting that the skipper took the accolade. Along with Shane Duffy, Luke Ayling and Liam Davis, Webster protected Chris Dunn's goal as if his life depended on it. Admittedly, Watford demanded too many touches before eventually shooting but Yeovil's rearguard went worked tirelessly to keep a clean sheet.

STAR RATINGS (out of ten) are not given to Yeovil players making an appearance of fewer than 20 minutes. YEOVIL TOWN (4-4-2) – Dunn 8; Ayling 8, Webster 8, Duffy 8, Davis 7; Edwards 8, Upson 7, Lundstram 7, Grant 7; Miller 8, Morgan 7. Subs: Stewart (unused), Dawson (for Grant, 88), Hayter 7 (for Miller, 69), Foley (unused), Hoskins 7 (for Morgan, 69), Fontaine (unused), Twumasi (unused). WATFORD (3-5-2) – Bond; Cassetti, Nosworthy, Ekstrand; Bellerin, Murray, McGugan, Thorne, Pudil; Deeney, Forestieri. Subs: Woods (unused), Battocchio (unused), Acuna (for Murray, 54), Hall (unused), Faraoni (for Pudil, 79), Fabbrini (for Nosworthy, 54), Iriney (unused).

MATCH STATS

YTFC

WFC

Shots on target

5

2

Shots off target

4

25

Corners

2

15

Offsides

1

1

Fouls

12

11

BLACKPOOL

WE'RE really enjoying the league and if it makes the lads feel more confident and comfortable about being a Championship team and players then that was a great result because the back to back wins were against no mugs.

We went to Vicarage Road and got a result and this was a decent win against a good Blackpool team. We were also really professional. We said before the game to be careful as it could get niggly and it did.

We were very clever in as much as we didn't get too involved and they got three sent off and spoiled their own momentum, making it difficult to get back into the game.

That's where you're clever, we had to keep the ball and any 50-50 we had to get our toes to so if you do it can only be a booking. It just spoiled their momentum and saw the clock down, really.

At 1-0 they're a dangerous team and they're putting in throw ins, free kicks and corners into our box and we dealt with it really well.

It was a very professional performance. The crowd were great, they made a noise when they realised we needed them and the football club looked very clever. At this level you have to defend well because there are some very good players – Tom Ince, Dobbie and Ricardo Fuller aren't poor players.

MATCH STATS

GOAL: Yeovil – Lundtsram 21.

PITCH: Good.

WEATHER: Dry and chilly.

MATCH RATING: ****

TEAM RATING: *****

ATT: 5,530.

BOOKINGS: Yeovil – Ayling (foul), Upson (foul), Hoskins (foul). Blackpool – Broadfoot (foul x2), MacKenzie (foul x2), Basham (dissent).

DISMISSALS: Blackpool – Broadfoot (two bookable offences), MacKenzie (two bookable offences), Fuller (violent conduct).

VERDICT: If Saturday against Watford was remarkable, this was truly unbelievable.The Glovers knew they had to up their game even more to stand a chance of just a point and did so with aplomb. Not one player gave anything short of their best as Yeovil Town were brilliant in defence and classy in attack. What a difference two games makes.

REF WATCH: Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire) – The referee was having a perfectly straightforward night until someone in the Blackpool dugout pressed the self-destruct button. He had no option but to send off three visitors in an unnecessarily fiery finale.

WESTERN GAZETTE MAN OF THE MATCH: Ishmael Miller (Yeovil Town) – Ended the night dead on his feet after a tremendously committed performance. Every ball that went forward stuck to the giant Nottingham Forest man as he gave two ill-disciplined centre halves an evening for them to forget. All that was missing was a thoroughly deserved goal for a man who seems to be reaping the rewards of new surroundings.

STAR RATINGS (out of ten) are not given to Yeovil players making an appearance of fewer than 20 minutes. YEOVIL TOWN (4-4-2) – Dunn 8; Ayling 8, Webster 9, Duffy 8, Davis 8; Edwards 8, Upson 8, Lundstram 8, J Grant 8; Miller 9, Morgan 8. Subs: McAllister (unused), Dawson (unused), Hayter (unused), Foley (unused), Hoskins 7 (for Morgan, 60), Ralls (for Grant, 81). BLACKPOOL (4-5-1) – Gilks; Basham, Broadfoot, MacKenzie, Robinson; Ince, Gosling, Osbourne, Dobbie, Bishop; Fuller. Subs: Warner (unused), Martinez (unused), Ferguson (for Osbourne, 66), Davies (for Bishop, 71), Chopra (for Dobbie, 79), B Grant (unused), Blackett (unused).

MATCH STATS

YTFC

BFC

Shots on target

3

6

Shots off target

9

15

Corners

3

3

Offsides

3

1

Fouls

11

18

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