MATCH REPORT: Yeovil 0 Sheffield United 1

Match-winner: Chris Porter scoring the only goal of the game.
Match-winner: Chris Porter scoring the only goal of the game.
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TERRY Skiverton is such an unashamed fan of Twitter that he even uses the social networking site to canvass opinion about prospective new signings and the Yeovil Town manager did not need more than 140 characters to describe his team’s defeat by Sheffield United at Huish Park.

“The referee dictated the tempo of the game,” he said. “He set the tone of the afternoon”

Away victory: Stephen Quinn celebrates at the final whistle

Away victory: Stephen Quinn celebrates at the final whistle

Skiverton’s assessment of a match settled by Chris Porter’s effort just before half-time was slightly unfair on the visitors who, despite failing to produce the flowing football Danny Wilson has demanded, did demonstrate the resilience required to ensure their unbeaten run in League One remains intact.

But the former Chelsea trainee did have a point.

Keith Stroud’s fussy officiating may not have decided the outcome of a contest which also saw United captain Nick Montgomery stretchered off the pitch following a challenge with Paul Wotton.

But it did ruin it as a spectacle with seven players being cautioned before Yeovil’s Curtis Haynes-Brown was dismissed for a second bookable offence at the death.

Not that Porter, having scored for the first time since joining United earlier this summer, was unduly concerned about aesthetics.

“It’s a great feeling to get off the mark,” he said. “And there’s a bit of a relief too because, even though that was only my second start, you never want to go too long without finding the back of the net.

“The last thing any centre-forward wants is to go five, six or even seven games and still be waiting, especially when you are trying to impress somewhere new.”

With fellow striker Richard Cresswell also impressing this term, United enter tomorrow’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Burton Albion confident of making progress on two fronts.

Wilson, who revealed afterwards that Montgomery had been carried from the field as a “precautionary measure”, once again insisted “there is plenty more to come” from his men in terms of touch and technique.

But, despite concerns that last season’s relegation would have an adverse psychological effect, the former Northern Ireland international acknowledged they lack for nothing when it comes to character and commitment.

Two essential qualities in such an uncompromising competition.

“We’ve got to be delighted with that,” Wilson said. “We knew beforehand exactly what type of battle we’d face here and everything we talked about came to pass.

“It was very, very physical out there but we stood up to that well and showed great composure when we had to.

“We stood up for ourselves out there and, when it was possible, we tried to get the ball down and knock it around a bit.

“I still think we could have done better in that department but that’s going to come.

“What satisfies me the most, though, is that I can tell we’ve got a group of lads here who have got an absolutely tremendous work ethic. And if you don’t have that work ethic then, let me tell you, it’s not possible to achieve anything.”

Skiverton had labelled the visitors as “a mega club” on the eve of the first ever meeting between the two sides.

Having dropped only two points out of a possible 12 en route to Somerset, they departed with their reputation as one of the division’s most fancied propositions still intact.

Yeovil, shorn of several key names through injury, nevertheless enjoyed long periods of pos

session. Particularly after the interval when Steve Simonsen, who had earlier been tested by Gavin Williams’ rasping free-kick, produced a superb flying save to

deny Yeovil substitute Anthony Edgar a late equaliser.

But with Neill Collins and Harry Maguire again in commanding form at the back, United’s goalkeeper enjoyed an otherwise uneventful afternoon as several potentially dangerous attacks from the hosts’ Alan O’Brien were decisively repelled.

“We worked hard because this is such a long way to come, there is no way we wanted to go back home with nothing to show,” said Porter.

“There’s a good togetherness here at the moment and hopefully that’s plain for people to see.

“The backing we got down here from the supporters was something else again and so we’re all chuffed we were able to send them away happy.”

Skiverton, of course, did elaborate further on a tussle which saw Matthew Lowton have an effort disallowed before Porter celebrated his return to United’s starting 11 with an opportunist finish at the far post when the full-back and Cresswell combined.

“I feel that for anything to go our way the ref has got to be 110 per cent certain that’s he’s correct,” Skiverton said.

“Whereas when it comes to the opposition it only got to be 20 or 30 per cent certain.

“There were some poor things given out there and I’m sure Danny will say the same thing too because they had some bad ones go against them as well.

“There were some poor things given out there and I’m sure Danny will say the same thing too because they had some bad ones go against them as well.

Wilson also expressed concerns about some aspects of Stroud’s performance.

But his frustration was tempered not only by the result but also Montgomery’s initial diagnosis.

“We don’t think anything is broken,” Wilson said. “But he was strapped up because it’s better to be safe than sorry.”

Boss’s View

I’m pleased with the result of course. The game was exactly what we thought it would be. Strong, tough and physical.

We played some decent stuff when we could but I thought our first ball out of defence could have been more accurate. If that had been the case then I think we could have got one or two more.