Match Details: 22/09/2007
Brighton and Hove Albion 1-2 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Lloyd Owusu (15), Paul Warne (43)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Terry Skiverton, 5. Scott Guyett, 6. Terrell Forbes, 8. Anthony Barry, 9. Lloyd Owusu, 10. Marcus Stewart, 14. Paul Warne, 17. Simon Gillett, 27. Lee Peltier, 31. Romain Larrieu
Subs: 2. Mark Lynch, 16. Ritchie Jones, 18. Darryl Knights, 19. Craig Alcock, 20. Marc Bircham,
Substitutes Used: Ritchie Jones for Simon Gillett (67 mins)
Bookings: Nathan Jones (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 45), Anthony Barry (Dissent, 62)
Yeovil Town picked up maximum points at the Withdean Stadium this afternoon after an excellent first half performance saw Lloyd Owusu and Paul Warne grab a goal each to put the Glovers two goals up. Although Brighton came back with a controversial penalty midway through the second half, the Glovers held on to collect a valuable win and destroy Brighton's 100 percent home record.
The first goal came 15 minutes into the match from a Nathan Jones cross that Paul Warne flicked on into the path of Lloyd Owusu. Brighton appeals for an offside flag were in vain and the target man slotted home under the body of Brighton keeper for his fifth goal of the season.
Two minutes before the break, Yeovil doubled their lead when Owusu turned provider - picking out Paul Warne superbly, despite him having three Brighton markers. The former Oldham Athletic man finished low into the bottom right hand corner, in off the post, for the first goal of his Yeovil Town career
In between Brighton missed two great chances to level, with Dean Hammond's awful slice when he was unmarked 12 yards out following a pass from Bas Savage the pick of the bunch. New loan signing Matthew Richards also had a good chance to level, but found his fierce shot from the edge of the box kindly deflected by his own team-mate Savage out for a goal kick.
After Yeovil appeared to be cruising during the second half, Brighton won a penalty that put the game back on a knife-edge when a Dean Cox free kick was driven into the defensive wall, only for referee Fred Graham to incense the Yeovil players by pointing to the spot. In the midst of the protests, Graham waved a yellow card, though whether it was Anthony Barry or Terrell Forbes that was carded isn't clear - either Paul Warne or Simon Gillett appeared to be the player the ball struck in the wall. Once the protests had died down Dean Hammond stroked home the penalty to set the game up at 1-2.
The converted penalty combined with the introduction of new Brighton attacking options in Jake Robinson and Alex Revell meant that the home side enjoyed a significant surge, for the first time in the game finally showing some dominance in their play. An Alex Revell header from one of a succession of Brighton corners saw Nicky Forster slice the ball wildly over the bar, whilst Hammond was denied by a great double-block from stand-in Argyle keeper Romain Larrieu, but on the whole the Yeovil back line held firm to grab all three points.
Final Score: Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 2.
Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
31. Romain Larrieu
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Scott Guyett 3. Nathan Jones
17. Simon Gillett 8. Anthony Barry 10. Marcus Stewart 27. Lee Peltier 14. Paul Warne
9. Lloyd Owusu
2. Mark Lynch
16. Ritchie Jones (67 mins for Simon Gillett)
18. Darryl Knights
19. Craig Alcock
20. Marc Bircham
Brighton and Hove Albion: 4-4-2
16. Michel Kuipers
2. Andrew Whing 24. Tommy Elphick 14. Guy Butters 28. Matthew Richards
27. David Martot 11. Dean Hammond 10. George O'Callaghan 7. Dean Cox
9. Nicky Forster 17. Bas Savage
6. Adam El-Abd (86 mins for Guy Butters)
8. Alex Revell (55 mins for Alex Revell)
13. John Sullivan (GK)
19. Jake Robinson (65 mins for David Martot)
18. Sam Rents
Attendance: 5,231 (including 265 Yeovil fans)
Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Jones (45 mins, apparent diving), Anthony Barry (BBC Bristol said it was Terrell Forbes)(62 mins, dissent)
Brighton Bookings: None.
Referee: Fred Graham (Essex). Assistants: Stephen Child (Kent) and David Margetts (Essex). Fourth Official: David Belbin (Middlesex).