Match Details: 01/11/2008
Oldham Athletic 0-2 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Aaron Brown (62), Paul Warne (65)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Asmir Begovic, 3. Nathan Jones, 5. Gareth Owen, 8. Darren Way, 11. Danny Schofield, 12. Craig Alcock, 14. Paul Warne, 15. Scott Rendell, 16. Gary Roberts, 23. Aaron Brown, 27. Lee Peltier
Subs: 4. Terry Skiverton, 6. Terrell Forbes, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 17. Aidan Downes, 18. Keiran Murtagh,
Substitutes Used: Aidan Downes for Paul Warne (81 mins)
Bookings: Gareth Owen (Foul, 38)
Yeovil Town secured a shock 2-0 victory at Boundary Park this afternoon as two second half goals turned the formbook on its head, with the Glovers securing their first away victory since August and condemned Oldham Athletic to their first league home defeat of the season. Yeovil's heroes were Aaron Brown, who converted a Gary Roberts free kick, whilst Paul Warne latched onto a Craig Alcock long ball three minutes later to stun the home crowd.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to Tuesday night's side. One enforced change was that of Andy Welsh - lost to a groin injury, and his place was taken at Paul Warne who lined up against his former club in a striking position. The second was Lee Peltier, who made his full return from injury, displacing Keiran Murtagh and lining up as a holding midfielder at the base of a diamond.
The opening period started off looking as though it would continue as Huddersfield left off on Tuesday - with Yeovil fighting a rearguard action. An early shot from Danny Whitaker was deflected off Danny Schofield, wrong footing Asmir Begovic but thankfully going wide of the target. Next, Begovic showed he hadn't lost his Tuesday night form with another stunning one handed save from a point-blank Lee Hughes header - somehow pushing the ball round his post for a corner. With today Asmir's last game for the club until at least January, he was certainly ensuring that he went out on a high. The Glovers keeper was forced into his second major save of the match midway through the half when Andy Liddell fed midweek hat-trick hero Lewis Alessandra but the teenager couldn't add to his tally, with the Glovers keeper at full stretch to keep him out.
As the half wore on though, the Glovers began to impress their own play upon Oldham, and on 27 minutes, they created their first real chance of the match, with Lee Peltier feeding Gary Roberts, and the 21 year old made room for himself to burst forward, lose his marker and fire a 25 yarder against the crossbar. That appeared to wake the game up properly as a contest, and show that perhaps this wasn't going to be the one-sided encounter that Huddersfield had turned out to be. The home crowd began to get edgy at this revelation, and what had been initially edgy, began to become increasingly comfortable.
That pattern continued in the second half - even if it opened with Andy Liddell missing an absolute sitter on the far post as Chris Taylor's cross was beautifully placed for an opening goal. Liddell planted himself in the back of the net - yet managed to stick the ball wide of the target. That miss was to prove highly costly for the home side.
Just past the hour mark, Yeovil won a free kick that was swung in by Gary Roberts and brilliantly headed home by Aaron Brown. Oldham were stunned and were now paying for their earlier inability to find the net. At last, Yeovil had worked out how to find the back of the net at Boundary Park without reaching for their own goal net. 1-0 - and you might have thought 28 minutes to hang on to a slender single goal lead.
Craig Alcock had other ideas. As Oldham surged forward with the immediate aim of pressurising for an equaliser, they got hit by a simple and sweet sucker punch. Alcock decided to make use of supposedly the ugliest word in the footballing book - the "long ball". Except that one man's hoof, is another man's beautifully executed pass - straight into the path of Paul Warne, and in behind the Oldham defence. Slightly miscontrolling the ball on the first attempt, but still doing enough to out-pace his marker, Oldham keeper Mark Crossley held his line, rather than come out and try and panic Warne, and the striker buried the attempt to make it 2-0 and stun the Oldham fans, some of whom could only sit there and applaud their former hero.
Oldham's response was to use up their three substitutions - going for broke in a 3-4-3 formation in an attempt to win back the game. But they looked ragged and folorn and the more they pushed up, the more they looked likely to be caught on the break. Manager Russell Slade seemed to recognise that, bringing on Aidan Downes was a front line replacement for Warne - who unusually got a standing ovation from all sides of the ground when he left the pitch - well, apart from the side that is currently rubble during Oldham's regeneration of Boundary Park.
The Latics couldn't find their way back into the match, and the home fans knew it - deserting the stadium in hundreds long before the final whistle blew, as they saw their players become petulant and frustrated at the fact that their home record was going to be broken by a team 16 places below them. However, the longer the match went on, the more it was apparent that it was little more than the Glovers deserved. Four matches unbeaten, and with the last three seeing clean sheets, this is a great way to go into next weekend's FA Cup battle with Stockport County.
Final Score: Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 2.
Scorers: Aaron Brown (0-1, 62 mins), Paul Warne (0-2, 65 mins)
Oldham Athletic: (4-4-2)
1. Mark Crossley
2. Neal Eardley 14. Reuben Hazell 16. Sean Gregan 21. Daniel Jones
22. Andy Liddell 8. Mark Allott 7. Danny Whitaker 18. Chris Taylor
9. Lee Hughes 25. Lewis Alessandra
13. Greg Fleming (GK) 12. Kelvin Lomax 15. Kevin Maher (76 mins for Neal Eardley) 24. Deane Smalley (68 mins for Andy Liddell) 28. Brett Ormerod (68 mins for Lewis Alessandra)
Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
1. Asmir Begovic
12. Craig Alcock 23. Aaron Brown 5. Gareth Owen 3. Nathan Jones
27. Lee Peltier
16. Gary Roberts 8. Darren Way
11. Danny Schofield
14. Paul Warne 15. Scott Rendell
4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 10. Gavin Tomlin 17. Aidan Downes (81 mins for Paul Warne) 18. Keiran Murtagh
Oldham Bookings: Daniel Jones (72 mins, foul), Lee Hughes (81 mins, dissent)
Yeovil Bookings: Gareth Owen (38 mins, foul)
Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland). Assistants: Scott Duncan (Tyne and Wear) and Robert Jones (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Paul Graham (Greater Manchester).
Attendance: 5,318 (including 165 Yeovil supporters).