Match Details: 15/11/2008
Yeovil Town 0-1 Peterborough United
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 4. Terry Skiverton, 5. Gareth Owen, 8. Darren Way, 11. Danny Schofield, 12. Craig Alcock, 13. Josh Wagenaar, 14. Paul Warne, 16. Gary Roberts, 25. Gifton Noel-Williams, 27. Lee Peltier, 28. Nathan Smith
Subs: 3. Nathan Jones, 6. Terrell Forbes, 9. Andy Welsh, 17. N Mitchell, 18. Keiran Murtagh,
Substitutes Used: Aidan Downes for Paul Warne (62 mins), Nathan Jones for Nathan Smith (79 mins), Andy Welsh for Craig Alcock (85 mins)
Bookings: Paul Warne (Foul, 62), Lee Peltier (Foul, 66), Gary Roberts (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 90), Danny Schofield (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town were narrowly beaten by Peterborough United at Huish Park this afternoon, despite a great second half fightback against an impressive looking Posh side. The visitors had the better of the first half play and deserved their half time lead, gained when a Gareth Owen slip let in Aaron McLean to finish 9 minutes before the break. The Glovers fought back well in the second period, gradually piling on the pressure, and reverting to more attacking formations as the game went on, but Posh held out despite 6 minutes injury time, and the Glovers were left ruing their lack of a prolific goalpoacher in the box who could finish off numerous good chances created during the second period.
The Glovers made two changes to Tuesday night's line-up, with Craig Alcock recalled, following a back problem, whilst Paul Warne was swapped out for Aidan Downes to allow manager Russell Slade to revert to the 'home' formation he has tended to adopt in recent matches. However, Aaron Brown continued to be absent with his hip problem preventing him from making the sixteen.
An early shot for Lee Peltier that goalkeeper Joe Lewis did well to hold onto was the first chance of the game. However, at the other end, Peterborough broke and the Glovers defence backed off allowing winger George Boyd to strike a left-foot shot against the outside of the goalpost. Then Josh Wagenaar had to turn a Craig Mackail-Smith shot around the post for a corner as the visitors began to take the game by the scruff of the neck, looking powerful and penetrative as their expensive attacking options surged forward. Sergio Torres forced Wagenaar into a one-handed save when he cut in from the opposite wing, with the Canadian keeper at full stretch to push the ball out.
That wasn't to say the Glovers didn't have chances - just that Peterborough had significantly more. Visiting keeper Joe Lewis made a stunning save from Danny Schofield as the Yeovil winger drove the ball towards the bottom corner, but the England U21 keeper palmed the ball around the corner. Darren Way's deflected effort almost deceived Lewis but again the keeper saved.
Just nine minutes before the break though, Peterborough broke the deadlock, and the goal had similar origins to the Tuesday night winner at Leicester - a slip by a Yeovil defender. Gareth Owen was the unfortunate victim this time, and with Nathan Smith out of position, Aaron McLean was able to ghost through and fire home to give Peterborough the lead.
The Glovers tried to hit back quickly, with Gifton Noel-Williams reacting well to a near post cross by Gary Roberts, getting in front of his marker but flicking his header just wide of the goal. But Peterborough deserved their half time lead, with a classy display of fast attacking football.
The second period saw a quiet start by both sides, although Nathan Smith's cross seemed to be inches away from Gifton Noel-Williams who had moved into free space. Terry Skiverton also got in a good attempt, heading just over from a Danny Schofield corner.
Lee Peltier picked up his 5th booking of the season, despite appearing to have managed a ball-winning tackle on Charlie Lee and this gave the game a rather physical under-current as Aaron McLean picked that moment to go to ground on the next challenge by Peltier without impressing referee Chris Sarginson. The match official really needed to get a stronger control on some of the challenges being dished out on Peltier, with the Peterborough players clearly trying to goad him into tipping over the edge.
Both Paul Warne and Nathan Smith had to retire through knocks picked up during the game and the Yeovil management team will no doubt be hoping that their early withdrawl gives both players a chance of competing for a place in Tuesday night's FA Cup squad.
Terry Skiverton went close when Peterborough had to clear the ball off their goal line through Craig Morgan after the ball ran to the skipper on the back post and Joe Lewis missed the cross entirely. A frenetic final 10 minutes saw Andy Welsh come on as a final substitute as Yeovil reverted to a 3-4-3 formation, and Terry Skiverton as the third 'striker' had two chances inside the box blocked by defenders with Gary Roberts also having a shot blocked as the pressure. Posh responded by reverting to a 5-4-1 formation to block the game out, running the ball into the corner flag and causing the game to nearly boil over a second time as Roberts and Posh substitute Shaun Batt got into an argument over Peterborough's speed at taking a corner kick.
Six minutes of injury time couldn't alter the final result, and the Glovers now slip to 21st in the League One Table and thus just below the relegation line. There need for a prolific striker within the side is clear to see, but that will cost the club a significant sum of money - food for thought, not only for manager Russell Slade, but for the board of directors to consider. But probably today told them very little they didn't know already.
Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 1.
Scorers: Aaron McLean (36 mins, 0-1)
Yeovil Town: (4-1-2-1-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Gareth Owen 28. Nathan Smith
27. Lee Peltier
16. Gary Roberts 8. Darren Way
11. Danny Schofield
14. Paul Warne 25. Gifton Noel-Williams
3. Nathan Jones (79 mins for Nathan Smith) 6. Terrell Forbes 9. Andy Welsh (85 mins for Craig Alcock) 17. Aidan Downes (62 mins for Paul Warne) 18. Keiran Murtagh
Peterborough United: (4-4-2)
1. Joe Lewis
2. Russell Martin 4. Craig Morgan 26. Gabriel Zakuani 21. Tom Williams
22. Sergio Torres 6. Charlie Lee 11. Dean Keates 10. George Boyd
9. Aaron Mclean 12. Craig Mackail-Smith
13. James McKeown (GK) 5. Chris Westwood (89 mins for Craig Mackail-Smith) 15. Paul Coutts (75 mins for Charlie Lee) 24. Shaun Batt (82 mins for Sergio Torres) 25. Dominic Green
Yeovil Bookings: Paul Warne (foul, 62 mins), Lee Peltier (foul, 66 mins), Danny Schofield (foul, 90 mins), Gary Roberts (off the ball incident, 90 mins)
Peterborough Bookings: Dean Keates (foul, 61 mins), Shaun Batt (off the ball incident, 90 mins)
Referee: Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Justin Comley (Berkshire). Fourth Official: Mark Russell (South Gloucestershire).