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League One

Johnson hails Glovers

14 April 2013

Gary Johnson claimed his Yeovil side looked every inch a Championship outfit after maintaining their bid for promotion with a 2-0 victory at Stevenage.

James Hayter crashed the ball home from close range after 81 minutes to confirm all three points for the Glovers, who had taken the lead through Sam Foley eight minutes after half-time. The visitors lost Dan Burn to a second yellow card in stoppage time but by then the game was all over.

Johnson's side are fourth in League One, five points off an automatic promotion spot but having played a game less than second-placed Bournemouth, and the Yeovil boss insists anything is possible. "It's a magnificent achievement for our club, our supporters and our players to get into a play-off position," said Johnson.

"We've still got to keep going though and try and keep in touch with the teams above us. I wanted us to consolidate what we have. It's nice to do that. It's been a fantastic end to the season now whatever happens. In the first half we were absolutely hopeless. I felt most of them didn't turn up. It was 0-0 so that was the only positive.

"All of a sudden I must have touched a few buttons because when we came out after the break we were totally different. We looked a Championship team against a team that's hanging on in there. All of a sudden we played our football, we took our chances and scored two goals.

"Sam scored a lovely goal, we know he's got that in him, though. James has 15 goals and that's fantastic. He scored a great goal."

Stevenage's recently-returned manager Graham Westley admits there is work to do if they are to challenge for promotion next season

"In fairness there was a vast difference in the application of the two teams to win the game," he said. "There were too many moments where we didn't show enough discipline and organisation, we didn't show enough will to win, we didn't show enough urgency and that's why they are in fourth place and why we are where we are.

"We've watched promotion teams here. Promotion teams play a certain way. They keep the ball out of their net one way or the other. Their goalkeeper made a brilliant save. Whatever it takes you keep it out of your net and whatever it takes you put it in theirs. They had a bit more desire, a bit more care and a bit more urgency than we did and at the end they won.

"We tested ourselves against one of the better sides and we came up short in my opinion. We didn't come close to winning the points."

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