The last-minute equaliser against local rivals W*ymouth was the turning point for Yeovil Town this season, according to Josh Staunton.

The midfielder-turned-defender said the late leveller from Tom Bearwish in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie in October force the players to look at themselves.

Having won the replay in a dramatic penalty shoot-out, the Glovers have won seven, drawn two and lost one of the last ten matches.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup second round tie at home to

Josh Staunton disagrees with Brad Ash of Weymouth

Stevenage, Staunton said: “I think when we played W*ymouth here and conceded in the last minute, we learnt a lot about each other  and it was a platform to build on.

It was a case of we go one way or the other and we stood up to the test and we have grown as a group.

“The belief we have now is something we were lacking earlier in the season.

The stand-in skipper, who opened his goal-scoring account with the first in the 2-0 win at Wrexham in midweek, said he felt “like a proud father” to his young team-mates.

He added that he felt the team had “found the emotional maturity” they needed to get through games.

He added: “We don’t get too carried away when we win and we don’t think we’re going to get relegated when we lose.

“We’ve found a way to get those results and momentum is a massive thing in football, when you are riding that wave you need to take riding it.”


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