Match Details: 13/09/2008
Yeovil Town 1-1 Brighton and Hove Albion
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Darren Way (80)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Asmir Begovic, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Terry Skiverton, 6. Terrell Forbes, 8. Darren Way, 9. Andy Welsh, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Danny Schofield, 14. Paul Warne, 16. Gary Roberts, 27. Lee Peltier,
Subs: 12. Craig Alcock, 18. Keiran Murtagh, 19. Andre McCollin, 28. Nathan Smith, 29. James Dayton
Substitutes Used: Craig Alcock for Lee Peltier (52 mins), Andre McCollin for Andy Welsh (75 mins), Keiran Murtagh for Darren Way (85 mins)
Bookings: Darren Way (Foul, 29), Nathan Jones (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 61), Asmir Begovic (Foul, 64), Andre McCollin (Foul, 76)
Yeovil Town midfielder Darren Way rescued a point for the Glovers this afternoon against Brighton and Hove Albion, minutes after it looked as though a Nicky Forster penalty would be leaving the home side without anything to show for their efforts. A fairly dull game was sparked by Brighton winger Joe Anyinsah's double yellow card for two fouls on former Seagull Nathan Jones, but despite the extra man advantage, the Glovers couldn't force their first home win of the season.
The Glovers went into the match minus Marc Bircham, who pulled out of the match with a bad back, whilst Aidan Downes and Rob Fitzgerald continued to be unavailable and Nathan Smith was only fit enough to sit on the bench.
Both sides had first half chances, but only on an occasional basis. Brighton's best chance of the first period came when a ricochet off Terry Skiverton's head inadvertently let through Brighton's Nicky Forster. It didn't help matters that the Main Stand linesman chose to flag for an offside that clearly wasn't, and the Glovers defence stopped in their tracks. Had Forster not dragged his shot well wide of the target, referee Paul Taylor's belated overruling of his assistant would have caused some serious eruptions within the Glovers ranks.
At the other end, Paul Warne was denied a penalty claim when Brighton keeper Michel Kuipers dived in at his feet with the match official deciding that Kuipers had reached the ball first. More clear-cut was Andy Welsh's cut in from the right flank that gave him space to bear down on goal, but Kuipers smothered his attempt. The performance was OK, but only OK, with Warne frequently looking isolated up front, despite the pre-match intention for Gavin Tomlin to play level with his strike partner. Meanwhile Brighton were snatching occasional chances, but seemed to have worn their boots the wrong way round, if their shooting ability was anything to go by.
The second period saw Brighton take the upper hand initially, although they appeared to suffer from Yeovil's problem of holding possession, but not quite knowing what to do with it. But the game changed on the back of three minutes where Brighton loan debutant Joe Anyinsah contrived to use high feet twice on Nathan Jones, seeing yellow for both, and getting his marching orders. Brighton right-back Andrew Whing decided he wanted a piece of Jones, running 30 yards to get involved in a fracas that saw both players booked, and the match suddenly had a nasty undertone, with striker Glenn Murray another player to land in the book for a foul on Jones. Glovers keeper Asmir Begovic joined them when he misjudged a run outside his box, upending a Brighton player in the process and probably thankful that the challenge was not more square, or indeed a foot closer to his goal where a penalty would have been awarded.
Not that Begovic got much respite. Following the red card, it looked as though the Glovers were gaining some ground through the man advantage, but following the first Brighton corner since they went down to 10 men, substitute Andre McCollin barged into Adam Virgo and referee Taylor pointed to the spot. Striker Nicky Forster sent Begovic the wrong way, and that was Forster's last contribution - the ten men being shored up even further with midfielder Gary Hart introduced to try and block out the lead.
Brighton's advantage lasted just three minutes - Darren Way, who had not been expected to last 80 minutes following his stomach bug, made room for himself on the edge of the box, and curled a real beauty from 25 yards into the corner to level the scores out. 1-1 and the three points were back within Yeovil's reach.
The final 10 minutes produced an aerial bombardment into the Brighton penalty box, albeit with the away side looking fairly comfortable with their rearguard action. With every single player back behind the ball, even the likes of Terry Skiverton and Craig Alcock moved up front, but the problem was that of creating a cast iron chance in a crowded penalty box. It didn't quite come off.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Brighton and Hove Albion 1.
Scorers: Nicky Forster (77 mins, 0-1, pen), Darren Way (80 mins, 1-1)
Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Asmir Begovic
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
11. Danny Schofield 8. Darren Way 16. Gary Roberts 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Paul Warne
Subs: 12. Craig Alcock (52 mins for Lee Peltier) 18. Kieran Murtagh (85 mins for Darren Way) 19. Andre McCollin (75 mins for Andy Welsh) 28. Nathan Smith 29. James Dayton
1. Michel Kuipers
2. Andrew Whing 24. Tommy Elphick 16. Colin Hawkins 12. Matthew Richards
28. Joe Anyinsah 23. Adam Virgo 8. Steven Thomson 7. Dean Cox
9. Nicky Forster 17. Glenn Murray
Subs: 5. Joel Lynch 14. David Livermore 15. Gary Hart (79 mins for Nicky Forster) 18. Doug Loft 22. Tommy Fraser (67 mins for Dean Cox)
Yeovil Bookings: Darren Way (29 mins, foul), Nathan Jones (61 mins, off the ball incident), Asmir Begovic (64 mins, foul), Andre McCollin (76 mins, foul)
Brighton Bookings: Joe Anyinsah (59 mins, foul), Andrew Whing (61 mins, off the ball incident), Glenn Murray (68 mins, foul). Red Card: Joe Anyinsah (61 mins, second bookable offence)
Referee: Paul Taylor (Hertfordshire). Assistants: Mark Russell (South Gloucestershire) and Simon Knapp (South Gloucestershire). Fourth official: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).
Attendance: 4,451 (including 584 Brighton fans)