Match Details: 28/10/2008
Huddersfield Town 0-0 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Asmir Begovic, 3. Nathan Jones, 5. Gareth Owen, 8. Darren Way, 9. Andy Welsh, 11. Danny Schofield, 12. Craig Alcock, 15. Scott Rendell, 16. Gary Roberts, 18. Keiran Murtagh, 23. Aaron Brown,
Subs: 10. Gavin Tomlin, 14. Paul Warne, 19. Andre McCollin, 27. Lee Peltier, 28. Nathan Smith
Substitutes Used: Paul Warne for Andy Welsh (46 mins), Gavin Tomlin for Keiran Murtagh (62 mins), Lee Peltier for Scott Rendell (86 mins)
Bookings: Scott Rendell (Foul, 42), Aaron Brown (Foul, 44)
Yeovil Town grabbed a valuable away point at the Galpharm Stadium last night as a 0-0 draw against Huddersfield Town extended their unbeaten run to three games. A resilient performance inspired by the outstanding Asmir Begovic kept the Glovers in the game as he pulled off a number of jaw-dropping saves during the match. As unlikely as it seemed, the Glovers rallied as the game closed and Paul Warne could have stolen all three points in the dying minutes as his shot was saved at the near post.
The Glovers went into the match with the whole of the back four they started the season with out of the starting eleven. Captain Terry Skiverton was not risked following his bruised rib, Terrell Forbes was serving the last of a three match suspension, whilst full-backs Lee Peltier and Nathan Smith were on the bench following their groin operations, but surely too early to even compete for a starting position. Aaron Brown took Skivo's place, whilst the midfield was shored up with Keiran Murtagh displacing Paul Warne as 4-4-2 became 4-5-1.
The half started well for Yeovil, with some bright opening play that saw Danny Schofield shooting wide against his old club, whilst keeper Matt Glennon had to punch the ball off the head of Scott Rendell as the Glovers forced an early corner. But as the half progressed, it became pretty obvious that there was only one team on top, and it wasn't Yeovil.
Thankfully Portsmouth keeper Asmir Begovic was in utterly inspired form. Having warmed his hands up with a few early reasonable saves, his save midway through the first half from Gary Roberts (the Huddersfield winger and not the Yeovil player!) was utterly top drawer. The shot from the Terriers player would have been difficult enough to save on its own, had it not taken a looping deflection on its way - there will be few better saves in League One football this season, as Begovic readjusted to palm the ball over his own crossbar.
That seemed to inspire Begovic just as much as it inspired Huddersfield, and as the home side tried to breach his goal, he blocked attempts by Liam Dickinson, before rivalling his earlier save with another wonderful block 10 minutes before the break. Andy Butler's header from a Huddersfield set-piece was perfectly placed across Begovic and into the far corner, but he managed to stretch and palm the ball around the corner.
Yeovil's cause wasn't being helped by one of the more woeful displays from a linesman you'll see this season. Covering the main stand side at the Galpharm, the official saw Aaron Brown's brilliant tackle on Keigan Parker right on the break as worthy of a foul, and to add insult to injury, a disbelieving Brown picked up a booking for the 'offence'. Thankfully an injustice was not served as Dickinson struck the outer goalpost and the Glovers somehow went into the break on level terms.
Winger Andy Welsh was replaced by Paul Warne at the break. The former Sunderland man had not done too much wrong during the first half, but perhaps the opening period had been a little too defensive, and Warne was on to try and open the game up a little bit more.
The second period saw Huddersfield open well, with Begovic once again the star as he flipped a Jonathan Worthington attempt over the bar. The home side forced plenty of corners, but the longer the half went on, the more they seemed to run out of ideas, and their double substitution with 20 minutes to go was no doubt meant to be the arrival of the calvary. Except that if anything, the change seemed to benefit the Glovers more, with opportunities for Gavin Tomlin and Paul Warne to hit Huddersfield on the counter-attack. Warne's own near post shot with 15 minutes remaining gave the Glovers the belief that actually they might even nick this game against the odds, but although they completed the game as perhaps the better team, they couldn't quite force the opening for an improbable win at the death.
Whilst Saturday's home draw against Leyton Orient will have been viewed by many as two points dropped, there is little doubt that this was a point gained - a huge one in fact. If the Glovers are to pull their way from the relegation spots - tonight's result puts them a point clear of Cheltenham Town - then they will need to keep chipping away at other clubs and building up points on a consistent basis. The resilience shown at Huddersfield should have given them much heart on the long journey home.
Final Score: Huddersfield Town 0 Yeovil Town 0.
Huddersfield Town: (4-4-2)
27. Matthew Glennon
11. Jim Goodwin 6. Nathan Clarke 18. Andy Butler 16. Robbie Williams
10. Michael Flynn 8. Jonathan Worthington 5. Ian Craney 17. Gary Roberts
29. Liam Dickinson 7. Keigan Parker
2. Andy Holdsworth (71 mins for Jim Goodwin) 3. Joe Skarz 4. Michael Collins 14. Phil Jevons 25. Steve Jones (71 mins for Jonathan Worthington)
Yeovil Town: (4-5-1)
1. Asmir Begovic
12. Craig Alcock 23. Aaron Brown 5. Gareth Owen 3. Nathan Jones
11. Danny Schofield 8. Darren Way 16. Gary Roberts 18. Keiran Murtagh 9. Andy Welsh
15. Scott Rendell
10. Gavin Tomlin (62 mins for Keiran Murtagh) 14. Paul Warne (46 mins for Andy Welsh) 19. Andre McCollin 27. Lee Peltier (86 mins for Scott Rendell) 28. Nathan Smith
Huddersfield Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Scott Rendell (42 mins, foul), Aaron Brown (44 mins, foul)
Referee: David Foster (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Carl Dunn (Staffordshire) and Mark Heywood (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Jason Tyas (West Yorkshire).
Attendance: 10,719 (including 113 Yeovil fans)