Midfield star sets his sights on reaching double figures
YEOVIL Town midfielder Ed Upson has set his sights on scoring double figures after firing twice to help sink Nottingham Forest.
The Glovers' favourite enhanced his long-range reputation with a stunning first half volley to open the scoring at Huish Park, before drilling home a second from 25 yards.
The 23-year-old then laid on Byron Webster's third as Yeovil triumphed 3-1, earning their first ever victory on home soil in the Sky Bet Championship.
Former Ipswich Town youngster Upson is the Glovers' unlikely top scorer, netting five of his teams nine efforts so far this season.
With the season still in its third month, he said he wanted to at least double that tally before next May.
Upson said: "It's always my aim every season, so let's just hope I can get that. The first took a slight deflection - but only a little one - but it was good technique on the volley.
"The second one I wanted to hit a little earlier, to be honest, but I wasn't closed down so I waited for the ball to settle and hit it as hard as I could.
"I was really pleased with both. We were pinned back a bit in the second half and I did wonder if I would get a chance for the third.
"It came in the last minute and I thought 'shall I run this into the corner?' But, no, I had to go for the hat-trick and it was a good strike but a good save."
Upson was only denied the man of the match champagne by an inspired Wayne Hennessey, the loan keeper saving a penalty and recovering to block the rebound in an afternoon of stunning saves. I thought he was magnificent and kept us in it," said Upson. "Some of his saves were unbelievable and he's Mr Consistent in goal for us.
"You can always rely on him and you can always depend on him. If you can get past the midfield then you have got a defence to deal with that's been on form. If you can even then get past them we're still confident because they've got to beat a keeper that's been so good.
"They were always going to come us in that second half after that first period where I felt we played magnificently.
"They came out all guns blazing, but it's testament to us and our defending as a team and work rate to not let them back into the game."
The win took Yeovil off the foot of the Championship but with a trip to Leeds United awaiting next weekend, Upson said there was no chance of getting carried away.
He said: "It was great to get that first home win for us, but especially for the fans as they've really stuck by us and they deserve it.
"Obviously getting that first home result is a big boost but we cannot get carried away and we have got to keep plugging away and working hard every day.
"We knew we were capable of getting results like that, it's just a shame that we couldn't do that earlier. Hopefully we can now kick on and really push up that table.
"The main aim is to get out of that relegation zone so we will be pushing and doing everything we can to get out of there. It's brilliant for the fans because they deserve it for sticking with us for the whole season so far.
"We've had a few ups and downs but it's lovely to give them something to cheer, especially at home."