Half-time talk pays off for Glovers

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Yeovil manager Terry Skiverton hailed his players` mental strength as they secured their League One status with an emphatic 3-0 win over Oldham.

Skiverton told his players that fellow relegation battlers Tranmere were beating high-flying Millwall and was pleased with how they reacted to the news.

Skiverton said: "It was a really pressurised situation but we came through. The players were edgy as well as we knew we needed to get another goal to add to the one in the first half."

He added :"I told the players at half time the Tranmere score and they knew as well as I did that we needed to win this game."

Skiverton had special praise for Gavin Williams, the influential midfielder on loan from Bristol City after he scored two late goals to seal victory.

He added: "He rolled his ankle in the first 15 minutes but didn't want to come off. He was the difference. He was fantastic."

Despite seeing his side go down 3-0, Oldham boss Dave Penney was philosophical about the defeat.

He said: "We started well but gave away the first goal when someone didn't do their marking job. We continued to do reasonably well but it was one of those days.

"We didn't keep our shape and were ill disciplined and didn't have the desire that got us positive results in the last seven games.

"We had a positive reaction in April to win three, draw three and lose at Huddersfield when we should have taken something from the game, but this was a disappointing display."

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