MARK HUDSON hit the headlines as Town clinched a hard-fought 2-1 win at Yeovil.
The midfielder made the scoresheet, then saw red after picking up a second yellow card five minutes into time added on as Town went second in League I after 17 matches.
Already booked for a foul on Paul Terry, the former Chesterfield player was sent off after a sliding tackle on Yeovil scorer Lee Johnson.
“I held my hands up for the first booking, but for the second, the referee (Worcester’s Steve Dorr) showed no common sense,” said Hudson.
“I felt he had the yellow card out even before I made the tackle.”
The dismissal meant Hudson was suspended for the forthcoming home derby with Bradford and he added: “I’m gutted to be missing that game but delighted to have scored what turned out to be the winning goal, because this was a massive victory for us.”
Town dominated the first half at Huish Park after taking an 11th-minute lead through Andy Booth, who tapped in Danny Schofield’s cross after excellent approach play by Andy Holdsworth and Pawel Abbott to record his seventh of the season.
Striker Abbott then went close with an overhead kick as Town turned the screw, with Hudson winning the ball time and time again.
Booth rattled the bar with a trademark header on 26 minutes before Hudson doubled the advantage on 38.
Nathan Clarke pumped in a cross, and when Booth headed it back, there was mayhem in the home defence.
Two potential clearances were fluffed as Abbott challenged, and Gary Taylor-Fletcher had a shot parried, with Hudson on hand to finally steer the ball home.
Hudson came close to another three minutes later, but Yeovil escaped, then hit back in the second half.
Johnson notched from Kevin Gall’s cross 10 minutes in and the home side were transformed.
Town were under the cosh, and it took some determined defending and the introduction of Tony Carss for Abbott to reinforce the midfield to keep the Glovers at bay.
That left just one up front, and as the minutes ticked away, Booth was deployed as an extra centre-back.
Yeovil’s best chance of an equaliser came when Arron Davies thumped in a low shot, but Paul Rachubka made a key save.
With his side level on 34 points with leaders Swansea, Town boss Peter Jackson said: “I’m proud of that performance.
“We played some good football, and when we needed to dig in and defend, we did so.
“It was hard work, but we showed a huge amount of character and deserved the win.”
Yeovil: Weale, Amankwaah, Skiverton, Fontaine (Miles, HT), Jones, Terry, Johnson, Cohen, Jevons, Bastianini (Davies, 78mins), Harrold (Gall, HT). Subs not used: Collis, Guyett.
Town: Rachubka, Holdsworth, Adams, Mirfin, N Clarke, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Worthington, Hudson, Schofield, Booth, Abbott (Carss, 78mins). Subs not used: McCombe, Collins, Young, Senior.