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'Massive' win lifts Yeovil off the bottom

Byron Webster scored Yeovil's first goal at Watford. Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

CHAMPIONSHIP

  • WATFORD 0 - 3 YEOVIL TOWN

Ishmael Miller scored on his debut as Yeovil recorded a 3-0 win over Watford to consign Gianfranco Zola's men to a fourth successive home defeat.

Byron Webster nodded the visitors in front on the stroke of half-time before second-half efforts from Miller and Joe Edwards finished the job for the Championship's bottom club.

Glovers manager Gary Johnson made four changes to the side which had slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Doncaster last time out, with Miller, Liam Davis, Adam Morgan and John Lundstram coming into the side in place of Joe Ralls, Sam Hoskins, Fraser Fyvie and the injured Jamie McAllister.

The hosts enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the early stages and came close to taking the lead in the 24th minute, but Marco Cassetti's strike was blocked by Liam Davis.

The Hornets carried on pushing, but the visitors resisted and it was Johnson's men who broke the deadlock in first-half stoppage time.

Webster got on the end of Davis' corner to nod the ball past Hornets goalkeeper Jonathan Bond at the back post.

Yeovil soaked up early Watford pressure in the second half before doubling their advantage eight minutes after the break.

Edwards flew down the wing before delivering a precise ball towards the head of Miller, who buried his finish in the back of Bond's net.

The away side continued to defend resolutely and to frustrate Watford, who came closest to pulling one back when Diego Fabbrini let fly from range, but his effort was blocked by Edwards.

Yeovil improved as the second half went on and added to their lead in the third minute of stoppage time when Edwards steered the ball past Bond from the middle of the area after good build-up play from on-loan Everton midfielder Lundstram.

It was a nice homecoming. I have been here as man and boy.

I helped build the old dog track here many years ago, during a time when I spent more time doing that than playing football. I then came back here and had some great times working for Graham Taylor.

I didn't come here and want to win more because it was Watford. After all it was 14 years ago since I last worked here and 20 years before that.

But I do always look out for their results and I have a soft spot for them.

It was more about knowing they can score goals and finding a way to stop them.

It is a massive win. Watford would have been fighting for a play-off place with a win this afternoon and most of the Watford fans would have seen this as an easy three points because of our poor league position.

But we have been unlucky this season and should have seven or eight points more than we do.

– Gary Johnson, Yeovil Town manager

LEAGUE ONE

  • PRESTON NORTH END 1 - 0 BRISTOL CITY
Assistant Head Coach John Pemberton took charge of Bristol City at Preston. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Managerless Bristol City lost 1-0 at third-placed Preston.

Jack King's first-half header claimed the points at Deepdale as both sides ended the game with 10 men after Preston midfielder Paul Gallagher and City defender Karleigh Osborne saw red in the 90th minute.

Aden Flint's header was saved by home goalkeeper Declan Rudd in the first half, and late in the game Scott Wagstaff’s long-range shot struck the crossbar.

Struggling City stay 23rd however, with Notts County still bottom, after they lost 1-0 at home to Brentford.

  • SWINDON TOWN 3 - 1 CARLISLE UNITED
Alex Pritchard scored one and set one up as Swindon beat Carlisle 3-1. Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

Swindon Town are just one point off the play-off places after a 3-1 win over Carlisle at the County Ground.

Massimo Luongo opened the scoring ten minutes before half time, firing in Alex Pritchard's cross.

Former Town man Sean O'Hanlon headed Carlisle level in the 69th minute, but the hosts were soon back in front through Pritchard's curling free-kick.

Sub Dany N'Guessan confirmed the win with his first touch - tapping in Nile Ranger's cross in stoppage time.

LEAGUE TWO

  • BRISTOL ROVERS 3 - 0 AFC WIMBLEDON
Tom Parkes scored Rovers' second goal against Wimbledon. Credit: Nick Potts/PA

Bristol Rovers recorded their first win in four games with a comfortable victory over Wimbledon.

David Clarkson's 20-yard strike put the Pirates ahead in the 19th minute.

Tom Parkes doubled the advantage on the half hour with a powerful header.

The visitors were reduced to ten men with ten minutes to go, after Sammy Moore was dismissed for two bookable offences.

Rovers made the result safe with three minutes on the clock. Matt Harrold scored from the penalty spot after Ellis Harrison was brought down in the box.

  • SOUTHEND UNITED 1 - 1 CHELTENHAM TOWN
Matt Richards earned Cheltenham a point with a last minute penalty at Southend. Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

Matt Richards' last minute penalty earned Cheltenham a point at Southend.

The hosts were heading to the top of League Two after Kevan Hurst's goal four minutes before half-time separated the two teams.

But deep into injury time, Cheltenham were awarded a spot-kick after Anthony Straker was adjudged to have handled in the area, and Richards kept his cool to level the scores.

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