Match Details: 18/10/2008
Northampton Town 3-0 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Asmir Begovic, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Terry Skiverton, 5. Gareth Owen, 6. Terrell Forbes, 8. Darren Way, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Danny Schofield, 14. Paul Warne, 15. Scott Rendell, 18. Keiran Murtagh,
Subs: 9. Andy Welsh, 12. Craig Alcock, 19. Andre McCollin, 22. Jordan Street, 23. Aaron Brown
Substitutes Used: Andre McCollin for Paul Warne (61 mins), Andy Welsh for Gavin Tomlin (83 mins)
Bookings: Danny Schofield (Foul, 59),
Yeovil Town were sunk at Sixfields this afternoon as hosts Northampton Town left the Glovers still in the drop zone, putting three goals past the Glovers with no reply. Danny Jackman, Adebayo Akinfenwa and Jason Crowe did the damage, whilst Yeovil inflicted their own wounds late in the second half when Terrell Forbes got involved in a scrap and received his marching orders and now faces a three match ban.
Selecting the sixteen to travel to Sixfields was the easiest decision in manager Russell Slade's career - he selected the only sixteen players available to him, which included rookie Jordan Street and new loan signings Gareth Owen and Scott Rendell, both of whom went straight into the starting line-up. That meant Paul Warne played out on the wing for the first time this season, whilst Terrell Forbes was given the right-back slot. Kieran Murtagh got the nod in covering for the suspended Gary Roberts.
The Glovers had a bright start to the match, with a Danny Schofield free kick skidding across the face of the Northampton box, whilst Gavin Tomlin shot wide, and all looked to be going well, with the new line-up looking energetic, even if creating hard chances wasn't quite happening.
Unfortunately, this is the pattern of much of the season so far - that possession does not win you games. Instead mistakes and taking opportunities inside the penalty boxes is often the way games are decided. That said, Northampton's opening goal had a slight element of fortune about it - Kieran Murtagh's sliding tackle left an outstretched leg, and Luke Guttridge fell over the inviting present just a little bit too theatrically for it to be believable. Referee Kevin Wright though, considered it a foul, and Danny Jackman's outstanding outward curling effort came off the inside of the post, giving Asmir Begovic little chance of saving it.
Three minutes later, the Cobblers doubled their lead though, and this time matters were a little more sloppy. The Glovers had pushed men forward on an attack that ended with Gavin Tomlin's strike being easily saved by home keeper Frank Fielding. As the ball was played out, Yeovil ended up short at the back. Andrew Holt fed Adebayo Akinfenwa from the left channel, and Akinfenwa did what he is good at - rolling his marker with ease, and netting from just inside the box, to give Northampton two goals from two chances.
It's not surprising that with the last win being in August, and two goals having gone in so quickly, heads went down and the Glovers back line began to look a little ragged over a 10-15 minute period. It wasn't that Northampton were putting a great deal of pressure on the Yeovil goal - just that when they did, they looked far more likely to score than the Glovers did. Gavin Tomlin was forced to clear off his own goal line as he stayed deep on a set piece, and really Yeovil needed the half time break more than the Cobblers did.
The second half saw - initially at least - a better performance from Yeovil, albeit without creating too many chances. Gavin Tomlin's deflected effort on the angle almost surprised Fielding on his near post, but in the main there was far too much huff'n'puff - plenty of possession, plenty of effort, but little in the way of a final ball. Northampton looked comfortable and at times looked as though they were playing within themselves.
Yeovil's bad day turned to misery with 14 minutes left, when Terrell Forbes got involved in an on-the-floor scuffle with Abdul Osman after the pair had gone in for a 50:50 ball. Osman over-reacted to Terrell's push in his face, writhin on the ground in supposed agony, but there was little doubt what was coming and Yeovil were down to 10 men.
The defensive reorganisation was probably a factor in the third goal that came. Nathan Jones became the third centre-back in a 3-4-2 formation, and Northampton exposed that with Luke Guttridge finding Cobblers defender Jason Crowe in an advanced position on the right side of the penalty box and he sealed the game with Northampton's third of the day. More concerning though was that it ensures that Forbes will be absent for the next three matches at a time that Yeovil are already without two full-backs for a month. His absence will be costly.
The game ran out with Northampton now coasting and Yeovil's second half head of steam now firmly put out, and a few of the Glovers players looked like they wanted the game to end there and then. There's still plenty of endeavour and fight out there - in Forbes' case, clearly a little too much - but there is a lack of belief, particularly at the attacking end of the field of play. There's no doubt a win would change that perspective, and with home games against fellow strugglers Crewe Alexandra and Leyton Orient coming up this week, it is undeniably essential that at least one win comes out of those two games.
Final Score: Northampton Town 3 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: Danny Jackman (17 mins, 1-0), Adebayo Akinfenwa (20 mins, 2-0), Jason Crowe (81 mins, 3-0).
Northampton Town: (4-4-2)
26. Frank Fielding
16. Mark Little 4. Mark Hughes 2. Jason Crowe 3. Danny Jackman
9. Colin Larkin 15. Abdul Osman 21. Luke Guttridge 11. Andrew Holt
10. Adebayo Akinfenwa 17. Karl Hawley
13. Chris Dunn (GK) 6. Chris Doig (46 mins for Mark Little) 7. Giles Coke 8. Leon Constantine (86 mins for Adebayo Akinfenwa) 18. Ryan Gilligan (44 mins for Colin Larkin)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Asmir Begovic
6. Terrell Forbes 5. Gareth Owen 4. Terry Skiverton 3. Nathan Jones
11. Danny Schofield 8. Darren Way 18. Kieran Murtagh 14. Paul Warne
10. Gavin Tomlin 15. Scott Rendell
9. Andrew Welsh (83 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 12. Craig Alcock 19. Andre McCollin (61 mins for Paul Warne) 22. Jordan Street 23. Aaron Brown
Northampton Town Bookings: None.
Yeovil Town Bookings: Danny Schofield (59 mins, foul). Red Card: Terrell Forbes (76 mins, violent conduct).
Referee: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire). Assistants: Mike Blackledge (Cambridgeshire) and Neil Hair (Cambridgeshire). Fourth Official: Paul Martin (Northamptonshire).
Attendance: 5,217 (including 297 Yeovil fans).