Match Details: 09/09/2007
Swindon Town 0-1 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Lloyd Owusu (77)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Steve Mildenhall, 3. Nathan Jones, 5. Scott Guyett, 6. Terrell Forbes, 8. Anthony Barry, 9. Lloyd Owusu, 10. Marcus Stewart, 12. Matthew Rose, 14. Paul Warne, 16. Ritchie Jones, 27. Lee Peltier
Subs: 2. Mark Lynch, 4. Terry Skiverton, 18. Darryl Knights, 19. Craig Alcock, 21. Jerahl Hughes,
Substitutes Used: Mark Lynch for Matthew Rose (81 mins), Terry Skiverton for Marcus Stewart (90 mins)
Bookings: Lee Peltier (Foul, 25), Matthew Rose (Foul, 79)
Lloyd Owusu's fourth goal of the season was the difference between the two sides at the County Ground as the Glovers defeated Swindon Town 1-0 this afternoon. Lloyd produced a powerful header from a Ritchie Jones corner 13 minutes from time, amidst a dogged defensive performance from the Glovers that largely snuffed out the Swindon attack.
The Glovers didn't have it all their own way though. After an opening 25 minutes that was largely devoid of goalmouth action, it was the home side that gradually built up a head of steam, with Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall doing well to palm away a Christian Roberts attempt from the edge of the box. Former Glover (sort of) Jamie Vincent shot just wide before the half time break, and so manager Russell Slade would have been glad to get his troops in for a half time chat, with Swindon just coming onto the boil.
The second half was a far more assured performance by Yeovil, with Swindon unable to really get near Mildenhall's goal, with the keeper enjoying his return to his home town and former club. Whilst the Glovers kept faith with the eleven that had started the game, home manager Paul Sturrock's determination to grab all three points was evident when he introduced three substitutes, including two of the signings he made in the lead-up to the transfer deadline. This gave Swindon territory, but with the Glovers back four in sparkling form, it gave them little in the way of opportunities.
The sucker punch came with just 13 minutes to go, right in front of the travelling green and white army, with Owusu celebrating with a rather strange shimmy dance, whilst wearing a full 'Basil Fawlty' head bandage, from an earlier head injury.
The inevitable rear guard action ensued, and Swindon substitute Jon-Paul McGovern should have done better when he received the ball on a plate from a left-wing lay-back, but he spooned it right over the bar. This week, the four minutes injury time did not produce any late heartache.
This was not a classic Glovers performance, but it was a gritty away-day one that did exactly what Russell Slade would have wanted it to do - to frustrate and neutralise the opposition. The only downside to the day was that both Marcus Stewart and Matthew Rose picked up ankle injuries, although the fact that Stewart hobbled about for an hour whilst carrying the injury will hopefully mean that the former is not too serious. Both failed to last the full 90 minutes, making it likely that they will be reporting to club physio Jim Joyce first thing tomorrow morning.
Final Score: Swindon Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.
Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
1. Steve Mildenhall
12. Matty Rose 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
27. Lee Peltier 8. Anthony Barry 16. Ritchie Jones
10. Marcus Stewart
9. Lloyd Owusu 14. Paul Warne
Yeovil Subs: 2. Mark Lynch (81 mins for Matthew Rose) 4. Terry Skiverton (90 mins for Marcus Stewart) 18. Darryl Knights 19. Craig Alcock 21. Jerahl Hughes
Swindon Town: (4-4-2)
1. Phil Smith 2. Jack Smith 3. Jamie Vincent 5. Jerel Ifil 16. Hasney Aljofree 7. Christian Roberts 8. Craig Easton 19. Michael Pook 11. Sofiene Zaaboub 4. Lee Peacock 21. Blair Sturrock
Swindon Subs: 12. Peter Brezovan (GK) 10. Jon-Paul McGovern (57 mins for Christian Roberts) 14. Miguel Comminges 20. Billy Paynter (72 mins for Michael Pook) 31. Simon Cox (57 mins for Blair Sturrock)
Yeovil Bookings: Lee Peltier (25 mins, foul), Matthew Rose (79 mins, foul)
Swindon Bookings: None.
Goal: Lloyd Owusu (0-1, 77 mins)
Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands). Assistants: James Linington (Isle of Wight) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Roger East (Wiltshire).