First home win at last for the Glovers

Yeovil Town's Edward Upson celebrates his second goal. Photo: PA Wire

CHAMPIONSHIP

  • YEOVIL TOWN 3 - 1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST

Yeovil Town rose off the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship after a deserved 3-1 win over in-form Nottingham Forest.

A first-half brace from Ed Upson and a Byron Webster header inspired the Glovers to a first home win of the season - and ended Forest's impressive recent run of seven games without defeat.

Yeovil manager Gary Johnson made two changes to his side that played out a goalless stalemate with Brighton last weekend, but the Glovers' display could not have been any more different during a pulsating opening period.

The Somerset side - who had notched only one league goal on home soil coming into the game - started brightly and took a deserved early lead when Upson's rifling volley was deflected past Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow.

However, their celebrations were muted when referee Mick Russell became the fourth referee in the last five matches at Huish Park to award a penalty to the visiting side.

Nottingham Forest's Simon Cox sees his penalty saved by Wayne Hennessey. Credit: PA Wire

Simon Cox, who was brought down by defender Shane Duffy, picked himself up to take the spot-kick - but saw his tame strike saved by Wayne Hennessey, before a goalmouth scramble saw the on-loan Wolves stopper claw a second effort away and Webster head the ball off the line.

The wave of red continued to flow towards Yeovil's goal, with Cox and Radoslaw Majewski denied in quick succession by the Wales international goalkeeper.

But Upson - whose late winner at Millwall on the opening game of the season marked Yeovil's only other league win this season - raised the roof for a second time moments later after a sensational 25-yard drive flew past Darlow.

His strike ended the Glovers' barren record as the only Championship side not to score more than once in a league match this season.

The visitors responded well and instantly reduced the deficit when Jack Hobbs steered Majewski's free-kick into the path of Nathaniel Chalobah, with the youngster heading home from close range.

Yeovil bounced back on the stroke of half-time and restored their two-goal advantage when Webster headed Upson's corner against the inside of the post with the linesman ruling that the ball had crossed the line.

Forest manager Billy Davies will have been infuriated by his side's lacklustre first-half display, and they came out with renewed vigour in the second period.

Hennessey - who extended his Somerset stay for another month earlier in the week - denied Cox before substitute Jamie Mackie was thwarted.

Forest continued to flow forward with Darius Henderson forcing Hennessey into another close-range save before captain Chris Cohen headed wide.

And the visitors nearly forced a tense finale when Jamaal Lascelles ran through on goal but it was Hennessey again who was in stunning form to earn his side victory.

Yeovil's Shane Duffy and Nottingham Forest's Simon Cox in action. Credit: PA Wire

It was a fantastic result as Nottingham Forest are Premiership in the waiting. We're new to this level, but the boys have been unlucky in a few games and I keep saying we're good enough to compete with these teams.

Hopefully this will push us on for the next few games. It was a great first half attacking display, and then a great defensive display in the second half.

The lads have never lost the faith and I think we've been unlucky, beaten by the odd goal a couple of times and a couple of official decisions have cost us points.

We've all had to hang on in there and this was a great game to play in, as Forest are quality with Premiership and international players.

Wayne Hennessey is a great goalkeeper, Wolves know that, we know that Wales know that.

Today everything he did was sheer class he's certainly earned his money today. He came here and has just been a real class act for us.

We needed to get our first home win and it will be great for confidence, and everyone at the club realising they've got a group of players and a manager who can win football matches at this level.

– Gary Johnson, Yeovil Town manager

I was surprised that was Yeovil's first home win because in the first 45 minutes their appetite was good, their attitude was good and we quite simply didn't turn up.

Having said that, at 1-0 you can't afford to miss penalties and that was without doubt a big turning point.

I think they deserved to be in front at half time, and second half I thought Hennessey was excellent and deserved his man of the match.

In the Championship the blue sky doesn't exist every weekend, there are dark clouds and there will be difficult days ahead with ups and downs, bumps and bruises.

There is no easy game in this league and you have to respect every team. Your attitude has to be right - and ours wasn't in the first half. On another day things could have been different, but Hennessey was excellent.

– Billy Davies, Nottingham Forest manager

LEAGUE ONE

  • CARLISLE UNITED 2 - 4 BRISTOL CITY
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas hit a hat-trick as Bristol City picked up their first win of the season. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Bottom-of-the-table Bristol City finally picked up their first league win of the season after coming from behind at Carlisle.

Sean O'Hanlon's bullet header from James Berrett's corner put the host's ahead before half-time.

But Jay Emmanuel-Thomas hit two goals in two minutes at the start of the second half, before turning provider for Scott Wagstaff to fire a volley past Mark Gillespie.

Liam Noble's powerful drive pulled one back for the hosts in the 80th minute, which could have made things difficult for a City side lacking confidence.

But Emmanuel-Thomas was determined to go home with the matchball. With five minutes left on the clock, he shrugged off his marker to fire a low shot into the far corner.

  • OLDHAM ATHLETIC 2 - 1 SWINDON TOWN
Oldham manager Lee Johnson. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Swindon Town suffered their second successive defeat after losing at Oldham.

The home side took the lead through Carl Winchester's 25 yard screamer on the half hour.

Town levelled ten minutes into the second half when a low ball from the right struck defender James Tarkowski and looped over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.

But with just under 15 minutes remaining, Danny Philliskirk's diving header won the game for Lee Johnson's men.

LEAGUE TWO

  • BRISTOL ROVERS 0 - 0 CHESTERFIELD
John-Joe O’Toole almost gave Rovers a first half lead. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive

Bristol Rovers remain one point above the relegation zone after a goal-less draw with Chesterfield at the Memorial Stadium.

A game of few chances saw John-Joe O’Toole fire over from the edge of the area in the first half.

In the second half, Steve Mildenhall pulled off a fantastic save to deny Chesterfield's Gary Roberts.

The visitors ended the match with 10 men after Eoin Doyle was given a second yellow for a challenge on Alefe Santos.

Rovers almost won it in the final minute, but Ollie Clarke's powerful shot was palmed out for a corner by the keeper.

  • NORTHAMPTON TOWN 1 - 1 CHELTENHAM TOWN
Byron Harrison gave Cheltenham the lead in the 10th minute. Credit: PA Wire

Cheltenham drew at Northampton, despite taking an early lead through Byron Harrison.

Sam Deering pulled the ball back for the recalled Harrison to score from 10 yards in the 10th minute.

But the home side capitalised on a defensive mix up when Troy Brown and Keith Lowe collided with each other on the edge of the 18-yard box. Luke Norris was on hand to take full advantage.

The Robins almost regained the lead in the second half, but Terry Gornell was denied by a fine Matt Duke save.