JAMES Hayter’s second-half penalty earned Yeovil Town a vital 1-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers in their quest for survival in the SkyBet Championship.
Hayter fired home from the spot after debutant Duane Holmes had been tripped by James Husband in the area.
Despite the win, the Glovers remain bottom of the table after fellow strugglers Barnsley beat Millwall 1-0 at Oakwell – but afterwards, manager Gary Johnson was quick to emphasise the importance of the result.
He said: “I thought we deserved the result, one-nil is a bit hairy scary when you’re in our position because we knew how much we needed to win this game and coming in and hearing all the results afterwards, it was very important to win this game, just to stay in touch – with Barnsley and Charlton winning, but it has brought back to us, probably Millwall and Doncaster because of this result.
“It was a great performance and a real good team spirit performance, it wasn’t pretty at times, but it’s very difficult to play on the pitch out there at the minute with all the rain we’ve had, so credit to the boys.”
Yeovil started the game strongly and Ishmael Miller could have given them an early lead, but he swept Joe Ralls’ cross wide from inside the penalty area.
Tom Lawrence’s fizzing free-kick was well saved by Rovers’ goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on 27 minutes, before the visitors almost snatched the lead against the run of play – when Jordan Bowery’s shot was well blocked by Shane Duffy.
Yeovil’s last league win came against Blackpool on December 3, but their fortunes turned on the hour mark when new loan signing Holmes was tripped by Husband as he burst into the area.
Hayter stepped up to dispatch the penalty and fire the Glovers into a deserved lead – and it could have been two soon after, but Kieffer Moore’s point blank effort was expertly kept out by Johnstone.
Dawson’s late header smashed against the crossbar as Yeovil pushed for the killer blow, but Hayter’s penalty proved enough for the hosts, who condemned Doncaster to their tenth away defeat of the season.