A HEART-BREAKING, last gasp goal Adam Clayton goal all but sealed a return to the third tier for Yeovil, as Huddersfield Town snatched a 2-1 win this afternoon.
“I feel disappointed, but I knew we were in a division we had to enjoy, we had to celebrate every game,” said an understandably downbeat Gary Johnson. “When it came down to it that last bit of quality wasn’t quite there.”
Yeovil had early chances, but Huddersfield opened the scoring in the 68th minute, after Nakhi Wells tapped home an Adam Hammill cross. Tom Lawrence equalised almost instantly with a driven free-kick, but Adam Clayton capitalised on a loose ball in the penalty area, which confirmed the visitors’ safety, but left Yeovil contemplating a first relegation since 1995.
Yeovil made just one change from the 0-0 Good Friday draw at Blackburn as Kevin Dawson took Liam Davis' place in the starting 11, and it was Dawson that set up the first chance of the game whipping a great cross to the back post that James Hayter headed narrowly over.
A second great chance soon followed as Yeovil dominated the early stages of the game, this time Joe Ralls crossing for Joe Edwards, whose cushioned header back across goal was headed against the post by the unfortunate Hayter.
Yeovil failed to make their dominance pay though, and spurned a glorious opportunity when Tom Lawrence was played through one-on-one by a mishit Huddersfield clearance. However, he was superbly denied by Alex Smithies as he saved at the young forward's feet.
Huddersfield had to wait until the second half to get a real foothold in the game but, after a nasty injury to Danny Ward, seized the initiative. Jonathan Hogg sliced two great chances wide from the edge of the box before Wells struck.
As Yeovil poured forward an excellent Hammill run took him to the edge of the box, before he slid the ball across the face of goal and Bermudan international Wells could hardly miss.
Roared on by the home fans an equaliser was quick in coming, as two minutes later a free-kick on the edge of the box was competently dispatched past Smithies by on-loan Manchester United prospect Lawrence with the aid of a deflection.
Yeovil poured forward in search of a winner knowing they needed three points to keep their season alive, sending centre back Byron Webster up front to aid the cause.
However, that left the home side open to the counter attack, and in the final seconds of stoppage time the dangerous Hammill again ran 50 yards with the ball before Jamie McAllister's tackle sent the ball perfectly into the path of Adam Clayton who rifled into the roof of the net.
With no time to reply Yeovil now need a miracle to retain their Championship status beyond their debut season, as they lie six points behind the final safety position, but in need of a 13 goal swing in their favour.
However, after the match Johnson was concentrating on the long term future of the club.
“The club’s got to get bigger and improve the infrastructure if we’re going to be a Championship club. You can’t keep pulling rabbits out of the hat.”