Match Details: 19/01/2008
Yeovil Town 0-0 Oldham Athletic
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Steve Mildenhall, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Terry Skiverton, 5. Scott Guyett, 9. Lloyd Owusu, 10. Marcus Stewart, 12. Matthew Rose, 14. Paul Warne, 20. Marc Bircham, 24. Andy Kirk, 25. Zoltán Stieber,
Subs: 2. Mark Lynch, 7. Gary Dempsey, 8. Anthony Barry, 23. Ishmael Welsh, 32. Marvin Williams
Substitutes Used: Marvin Williams for Paul Warne (68 mins), Gary Dempsey for Marc Bircham (69 mins)
Bookings: Marc Bircham (Foul, 13), Marcus Stewart (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 87)
Yeovil Town were unfortunate not to have come away with more than just the point against fellow play-off hopefuls Oldham Athletic at Huish Park today. Oldham came to Huish Park with an incredible run of seven away victories on the trot; a run stretching back since the beginning of November.
Neither Yeovil nor Oldham were able to break the deadlock and that was largely due to Oldham’s ‘keeper Mark Crossley who made a string of fine saves to deny Russell Slade’s side the breakthrough.
Yeovil thought they had found the break through with ten minutes remaining on the clock when Lloyd Owusu broke through the Oldham defence and unselfishly squared the balled across goal to new signing Andy Kirk but his shot was bravely blocked by the ‘keeper. Yeovil came even closer to breaking the deadlock in the dying minutes; this time it was the post denied Yeovil the breakthrough after Marcus Stewart rattled the woodwork with a well-stuck shot.
Even when Crossley wasn't able to cover the goal, Oldham's well-drilled defence were on hand to protect their goalkeeper. An Owusu header was denied by Oldham striker Lee Hughes who was guarding the goalpost - one of two goal-line clearances he made during the afternoon, whilst former Glover Jean-Paul Kalala chipped in with his own goal-line clearance.
The visitors also had referee Jarnail Singh to thank - the usually reliable official missed one of the biggest cast-iron handballs in the box of the season when with 15 minutes remaining, an Oldham hand palmed the ball away from an incoming Yeovil player, but Yeovil's long wait for their first penalty of the season goes on, with Singh and his Main Stand assistant seemingly the only people in the ground who missed the incident. This game may have ended up goalless, but it certainly wasn't dull.
Final score: Yeovil Town 0-0 Oldham Athletic.
Yeovil Town: 4-4-2
1. Steve Mildenhall
12. Matty Rose 5. Scott Guyett 4. Terry Skiverton 3. Nathan Jones
14. Paul Warne 10. Marcus Stewart 20. Marc Bircham 25. Zoltan Stieber
9. Lloyd Owusu 24. Andy Kirk
Subs: 2. Mark Lynch 7. Gary Dempsey (69 mins for Marc Bircham) 8. Anthony Barry 23. Ishmael Welsh 32. Marvin Williams (68 mins for Paul Warne)
Oldham Athletic: 4-4-2
1. Mark Crossley
14. Reuben Hazell 23. Neal Trotman 6. Stefan Stam 12. Kelvin Lomax
24. Deane Smalley 4. JP Kalala 15. Gary McDonald 8. Mark Allott
10. Craig Davies 9. Lee Hughes
Subs: 13. Les Pogliacomi (GK) 2. Neal Eardley (59 mins for Kelvin Lomax) 25. Lewis Alessandra 17. Matthew Wolfenden 18. Chris Taylor (60 mins for Gary McDonald)
Yeovil Bookings: Marc Bircham (13 mins, foul), Marcus Stewart (87 mins, unsporting behaviour)
Oldham Bookings: Lee Hughes (22 mins, off the ball incident), Stefan Stam (50 mins, foul), Neal Trotman (62 mins, foul), Jean-Paul Kalala (84 mins, foul)
Referee: Jarnail Singh (Hounslow). Assistants: Guy Beale (Taunton) and Malcolm West (Cornwall). Fourth Official: Andrew Turner (Devon).