Match Details: 06/10/2007
Leeds United 1-0 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 2. Mark Lynch, 3. Nathan Jones, 5. Scott Guyett, 6. Terrell Forbes, 8. Anthony Barry, 9. Lloyd Owusu, 10. Marcus Stewart, 12. Matthew Rose, 14. Paul Warne, 25. Kevin Betsy, 31. Romain Larrieu
Subs: 16. Ritchie Jones, 17. Simon Gillett, 19. Craig Alcock, 24. Curtis Ujah, 30. Wilfried Domoraud,
Substitutes Used: Wilfried Domoraud for Paul Warne (90 mins)
Bookings: Mark Lynch (Foul, 76), Nathan Jones (Foul, 86)
Yeovil Town suffered the cruellest of blows at Elland Road today as an 89th minute goal from substitute Mark De Vries denied them the deserved right to be the first team to grab points from the Yorkshire giants on their home patch. The Glovers had dominated much of the game, but home manager Dennis Wise had an embarrassment of riches when he was able to introduce De Vries and Tore Andre Flo with 14 minutes left and that move was ultimately decisive.
The Glovers went into the match missing nine first team players, with midfielder Lee Peltier not making the squad, adding to the eight known pre-match injuries. But their patched up side, featuring loan debutant Kevin Betsy, took the game to Leeds, gradually growing in confidence in their play as strikes from Anthony Barry and Paul Warne brought out the best in home keeper Casper Ankergren, as he was forced to parry the attempts. Leeds were on the back foot and bar a wild shot by Sebastien Carole that flew way over the bar, had done little to suggest that they were the side with eight wins out of nine in the league this season.
The home side came out very strong early in the second period, and it took 15 minutes of rearguard action from the Yeovil defence to ensure that Glovers keeper Romain Larrieu was largely untested. They rode that storm well though, and began to create their own second half chances.
With 16 minutes left, Marcus Stewart really should have buried an attempt to put the Glovers 1-0 up when he accepted a low cross from the right-wing, yet somehow he managed to put the ball wide of the posts, when many in the Glovers away section were already celebrating. That was the signal for Wise to introduce De Vries and Flo and for Leeds to finish the match playing four strikers.
Still Yeovil defended superbly against the new Leeds attack, which was now going for broke, but with a minute of time remaining, a soul-destroying goal broke the deadline with a Jonathan Douglas cross being met by a looping Mark De Vries header, and the on-loan Leicester City striker had rather luckily won the game for the home side to keep up their amazing run of grabbing last gasp winning goals. For the Glovers, they should be proud of their performance, even if the end result was a little difficult to take in at the final whistle.
Final Score: Leeds United 1 Yeovil Town 0.
Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
31. Romain Larrieu
2. Mark Lynch 5. Scott Guyett 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
25. Kevin Betsy 12. Matty Rose 10. Marcus Stewart 8. Anthony Barry 14. Paul Warne
9. Lloyd Owusu
Substitutes: 16. Ritchie Jones 17. Simon Gillett 19. Craig Alcock 24. Curtis Ujah 30. Wilfried Domoraud (90 mins for Paul Warne)
Leeds United: (4-4-2)
1. Casper Ankergren
2. Frazer Richardson 5. Rui Marques 6. Matt Heath 24. Jamie Clapham
7. David Prutton 4. Jonathan Douglas 22. Andy Hughes 17. Sebastien Carole
9. Jermaine Beckford 20. Tresor Kandol
Substitutes: 3. Paul Huntington 11. Ian Westlake (84 mins for Andy Hughes) 19. Tore Andre Flo (76 mins for Sebastien Carole) 30. Filipe Da Costa 32. Mark De Vries (76 mins for David Prutton)
Yeovil Bookings: Mark Lynch (76 mins, foul), Nathan Jones (86 mins, foul)
Leeds Bookings: Matt Heath (66 mins, foul), Andy Hughes (80 mins, foul)
Scorer: Mark de Vries (89 mins, 1-0)
Attendance: 27,808 (including approx 1,200 Glovers fans)
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Greater Manchester). Assistants: Gary Beswick (County Durham) and Paul Simpson (County Durham). Fourth Official: Alf Greenwood (Yorkshire).