Yeovil picked up a 1-0 win over Braintree this afternoon thanks to a Frank Nouble set piece goal. The hosts were on an 14-match unbeaten run before the Glovers visit and Mark Cooper said the travelling fans got his team over the line.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins, the boss said: “That bond is strong – between fans and supporters – and it’s been a long time at the club since it’s been like that. It’s important that we keep showing them our appreciation for their travel and at home as well. And they got us over the line in the end.”

Mark Cooper being interviewed after the 1-0 win at Braintree

The Iron have had a good run, and Cooper was complimentary of the opponents, but acknowledged that Joe Day had a quiet afternoon in between the sticks.

“They’re a really good team. Really well organised. But, we were really sound and structured today. I think if you look at Joe Day. [He] didn’t have lots to do, did he? I can’t recall him making any saves. [He] caught some crosses.”

Frank Nouble’s 14th minute header was the difference between 1st and 3rd place on the afternoon and it was yet another set piece that the Glovers capitalised on. Cooper said: “We’ve scored lots of set pieces this year and that’s another one and they’re vital, if you’re going to try and win things it’s vital that you score lots of set pieces.”

The boss also praised Jordan Young, who’s form has dropped off in recent weeks. “He lost his way a little bit and probably didn’t work as hard. I don’t care who you are and what level you are at. You have to work socks off and you watch the best teams, they sprint and run and if you do that then you start getting your breaks again and Youngy did that today and he was outstanding.”

With Chelmsford scoring two late goals to win 3-2 at Taunton, Yeovil (if results go their way) could win the title at home to Worthing, but before that Easter brings fixtures with Torquay and Weymouth and although the manager admitted he’s looking at the table now, he stuck to the party line: “Game by game. Boring.”

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