One Yeovil fan likened Adam Clayton to Brian Blessed, but it was Town’s travelling army who were shouting at the final whistle as the midfielder sealed Championship safety with a winner in the seventh minute of time added on.

It looked like Mark Robins’ men, and the supporters, were going to have to sweat it out for another week at least after Tom Lawrence cancelled out Nahki Wells’ 69th-minute opener within 120 seconds.

But Clayton’s seventh goal of the season, thumped in as Yeovil desperately scrambled to halt Adam Hammill’s charge into the area, sealed a first win in 11 games and second-tier football for a third successive season.

Each side made one change, with forward Danny Ward, whose injury was to bring all that additional time, returning in place of Sean Scannell for Town and Yeovil replacing midfielder Liam Davis with Kevin Dawson.

The home side went 4-4-2 and Town 4-2-3-1, with Ollie Norwood pushing forward and Jonathan Hogg and Adam Clayton anchoring the midfield.

One-club keeper Alex Smithies was making his 200th league appearance, as was former Dunfermline full-back Calum Woods.

It was an afternoon of milestones, because it was a 150th career outing for Hogg and a 50th league start, on both sides of the border, for Scottish centre-back Murray Wallace.

Yeovil edged the opening 45 minutes in terms of both possession and chances, and Town had two big escapes.

The first was via the woodwork, as James Hayter met Lawrence’s cross with a firm header which hit the right-hand angle of post and bar in the fifth minute.

The second, in the 21st, was thanks to the stretching right arm of Smithies, who did well to dispossess Lawrence in a one-on-one.

The on-loan Manchester United man latched onto the ricochet as Anthony Gerrard’s booming clearance thumped into Wallace, who kept his place despite the availability of Peter Clarke.

Smithies also dealt well with an inswinging free-kick by Lawrence, with Yeovil usually pushing both centre-backs up for any kind of set-piece, however long range.

Town’s only two first-half efforts of note were shots from outside the area, with Czech keeper Stech dealing comfortably with Hammill’s effort and Ward putting his over the bar.

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Town were forced into a 50th-minute change after Ward went down dazed after a collision with Shane Duffy. He received treatment on the pitch before being replaced by Sean Scannell.

The substitute was soon involved, setting up a great chance for Hogg, who could only shoot wide with the goal at his mercy.

Soon after, the former Watford man was even further off target as a cross by Woods ricocheted into his path.

Meanwhile home fans in a 5,903 crowd (494 Town supporters) were unimpressed when referee Stuart Attwell turned down a decent-looking penalty claim as Gerrard challenged Lawrence.

Town made their second change in the 67th minute, with former Yeovil loanee Duane Holmes going on for Norwood.

The game burst into life with two goals in three minutes, with Wells putting Town in front when he converted Hammill’s cross from close range.

But Lawrence had been a threat all game, and he soon had his side back in the contest when he drove home a low free-kick after Hayter was fouled on the edge of the area.

Hammill and Scannell both came close as the game see-sawed before Clayton’s decisive final say.

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