Match Details: 04/10/2008
Yeovil Town 1-2 Southend United
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Danny Schofield (88)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Asmir Begovic, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Terry Skiverton, 8. Darren Way, 9. Andy Welsh, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Danny Schofield, 14. Paul Warne, 16. Gary Roberts, 23. Aaron Brown, 27. Lee Peltier
Subs: 6. Terrell Forbes, 12. Craig Alcock, 13. Josh Wagenaar, 18. Keiran Murtagh, 19. Andre McCollin,
Substitutes Used: Andre McCollin for Andy Welsh (59 mins)
Bookings: Nathan Jones (Foul, 22), Lee Peltier (Foul, 66), , , Gary Roberts (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town slipped to their first home defeat of the season at Huish Park as they lost out by a 1-2 scoreline to Southend United, who picked up their fourth straight win in the process. The Glovers dominated the match in the main, but the Shrimpers converted their only on target shots all afternoon, with Lee Barnard's penalty and a late Hal Robson-Kanu strike put Southend two goals clear, before Danny Schofield converted Andre McCollin's left-wing cross to set up a tense finale.
That finale got all too tense as the game boiled over, seeing Danny Schofield red carded for a foul as Southend ran out time by the corner flag, and Gary Roberts followed him seconds later as he disputed woeful referee Keith Hill's decision-making.
Team selection saw Lee Peltier keep his place in the side, despite an impending groin operation, although there was no room for Nathan Smith in the sixteen. Both players are believed to be pencilled in for operations next Thursday, with Smith's the more urgent of the two. Elsewhere there was a surprise start for Aaron Brown in the centre of defence, displacing Terrell Forbes.
Despite a bright start that saw chances created for Gavin Tomlin to score twice, and another chance created by Tomlin that went inches away from Danny Schofield's boot, the Glovers fell behind when they conceded a penalty. Some have described it as a stonewaller - others have seen it as harsh. Whatever, referee Keith Hill had the only view that counted - he believed a foul had been committed by Nathan Jones on Lee Barnard after he was thread a ball by Alex Revell deep inside the box and Barnard picked himself up to score from the spot. 1-0 down and cruel on Yeovil, given that the spot kick was the Essex side's first shot of the match.
The Glovers looked a little shellshocked at going a goal behind and took a while to get going again. But a lengthy spell of treatment for Southend's Peter Clarke seemed to allow them to regroup, and Danny Schofield's lay-back to the impressive Gary Roberts was fired just wide. Then Aaron Brown got in a header that keeper Adam Federici was forced to dive to keep it out of his net.
Aaron Brown got in on the action at both ends within minutes of each other just before the half time whistle. Firstly she showed his defensive capabilities by making a superb tackle on Alex Revell to stop the former Bournemouth striker from breaking through on goal. Then at the other end, he showed why he's normally in the defensive half of the pitch, by fluffing a chance to equalise from two yards out, with Gavin Tomlin having flicked the ball across the face of the box.
The second period saw the Glovers play into the wind, but they still continued to dominate possession - even if play in the final 18 yards seemed to be crying out for the mythical striker that Russell Slade would love to sign. Despite that, they kept plugging away, and Gary Roberts forced visiting keeper Adam Federici into a strong save on the hour mark as he seemed to single-handedly control the centre of midfield, being on the end of every tackle, pass, block going on in the middle third.
Former Glover Jean Francois Christophe was lucky to not send Southend down to 10 men when he continued to commit numerous fouls after incurring a yellow for persistent infringments. A second half hefty challenge on Gary Roberts was undeniably a yellow card offence, but referee Hill chose to let the offence go, and perhaps Southend boss Steve Tilson heaved a sigh of relief and decided to withdraw Christophe from the scene before his day back at his old club turned into a day to forget. Perhaps Tilson was mindful of what happened to Matt Harrold last season?
With 10 minutes remaining, the Glovers came their closest to equalising, when Danny Schofield was fouled right on the edge of the box by Dan Harding, with Nathan Jones and Lee Peltier insisting to referee Keith Hill that the offence occurred inside the box - with some justification. Jones almost got justice though, when his free kick smacked against the frame of the goal and away.
Mr Hill's refusal to award a penalty there was further inflamed when a sliding block from a Southend defender appeared to strike an arm on the way through, with the match referee preferring to award a corner. In addition, his casual approach to some fairly blatant timewasting from Southend on a double-substitution that took close to three minutes to be executed sent captain Terry Skiverton rushing over to him asking why the official was not seeing that as a problem.
All of that appeared to matter little when with four minutes remaining, Hal Robson-Kanu was left unmarked on the edge of the box as Kevin Betsy set him up, and that looked to be game over. But two minutes later, it was game on again as substitute Andre McCollin, who had initially come on as a left-winger but then joined the hard-working Paul Warne up front, moved back onto the left flank and broke clean away, eventually threading the ball back across to Danny Schofield who netted at the far post to give Yeovil two minutes to rescue the game.
Sadly a late equaliser didn't arrive. Instead the game boiled over as referee Keith Hill's paper-thin grip on the game finally was lost. Having continued to ignore further Southend timewasting, some slightly more legitimate means of running down the clock saw Robson-Kanu by the corner flag, only to be tackled by Danny Schofield. Mr Hill saw the challenge as a two-footed attempt and red-carded the Yeovil goalscorer, and when Gary Roberts complained, he too got his marching orders, thus ending any chance the Glovers had of a second goal, and - appeals not withstanding - giving manager Russell Slade a big headache. The Glovers may have two weeks off now, but the reality is that by the next match they may be without six key first team players. On such a small squad, something clearly has to be done.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Southend United 2.
Scorers: Lee Barnard (0-1, 24 mins, pen), Hal Robson-Kanu (0-2, 86 mins), Danny Schofield (1-2, 88 mins)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Asmir Begovic
27. Lee Peltier 23. Aaron Brown 4. Terry Skiverton 3. Nathan Jones
9. Andy Welsh 16. Gary Roberts 8. Darren Way 11. Danny Schofield
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Paul Warne
13. Josh Wagenaar (GK) 6. Terrell Forbes 12. Craig Alcock 18. Kieran Murtagh 19. Andre McCollin (59 mins for Andy Welsh)
32. Adam Federici
2. Simon Francis 5. Peter Clarke 6. Adam Barrett 23. Dan Harding
21. Kevin Betsy 28. Lee Sawyer 16. Jean Francois Christophe 17. Hal Robson-Kanu
9. Lee Barnard 11. Alex Revell
7. Anthony Grant (81 mins for Lee Sawyer) 8. Alan McCormack (54 mins for Jean Francois Christophe) 10. James Walker (82 mins for Lee Barnard) 12. Damian Scannell 15. Osei Sankofa
Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Jones (22 mins, foul), Lee Peltier (66 mins, foul), Gary Roberts (90 mins, foul). Red Card: Danny Schofield (90 mins, serious foul play), Gary Roberts (90 mins, dissent - second bookable offence)
Southend Bookings: Jean Francois Christophe (44 mins, persistent infringment), Alan McCormack (64 mins, foul), Dan Harding (80 mins, foul)
Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire). Assistants: John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Roger Vaughan (North Somerset).