David Beckham revision on YouTube pays off for Yeovil Town's Ed Upson
Ed Upson watched clips of David Beckham free kicks the night before firing Yeovil Town back to winning ways with a set-piece fitting of the Paris St Germain ace.
The midfielder’s stunning second half goal proved the difference between the Glovers and fellow promotion-chasers Tranmere Rovers, meaning the hosts took a deserved three points to leapfrog their rivals.
Victory came off the back of a dismal 2-0 defeat at Colchester United and was crowned by climbing a place to fourth in npower League One on Tuesday as results elsewhere benefited Gary Johnson’s men.
Yeovil found form in emphatic fashion to take their recent record to nine triumphs from 11 outings ahead of this weekend’s trip north to Hartlepool United.
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Upson – who has only scored once from inside the box for Yeovil – said: “I did one similar at Bristol Rovers (in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy).
“We have been working on our free kicks all week and how they set up. The gaffer (Gary Johnson) said about doing something different and a bit innovative and luckily it’s come off.
“I’ve got a mate down and we were a bit bored so we were on YouTube watching David Beckham’s free kicks. I can’t remember specifically one he did but it definitely shot through my mind before I hit it that we’d seen them and my mate said he wanted to see a free kick.”
Losing just once in nine outings has breathed life into Hartlepool’s survival bid after a disastrous start left them stranded towards the foot of the table.
Upson, who scored his first senior goal for the Glovers at Victoria Park in the FA Cup, said they would respect their opposition but hailed spirit in the Yeovil camp as “unbelievable”.
He said: “We were obviously favourites at Colchester and lost so we have got to be careful with teams like that because they have been on a good run as well. We will prepare properly and we have a free week running up to it.
“The team spirit in the changing room is unbelievable at the moment and everyone is sticking together. We had a bit of a blip last week at Colchester but we could still keep our confidence and did not make too much of a negative about it.
“We have come through with flying colours. It was a massive result against Tranmere because of where we are.
“We have won nine out of 11 games, which is unbelievable for us and helped us get where we are now. The results show the team spirit and the way we are playing.
“It is unexpected for Yeovil (to be challenging for promotion), nobody thinks we should be up there apart from us.
“We really believe we should be with the squad and the way we play. The management staff are always telling us how they want us to play and we are doing it. We are all as one.
“We can believe where we are because from the start this is where we planned to be. Yeovil as a club and a team are not expected to be there by anyone but us, the team and the management staff.
On the mental strain of a promotion push, Upson added: “I think we all know the pressure. So instead of putting it on, we all know it and we are obviously dealing with it. If we can keep winning then promotion is a great possibility.”