Match Details: 27/01/2009
Yeovil Town 1-0 Huddersfield Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Shaun MacDonald (45)
Yeovil Line-Up: 6. Terrell Forbes, 9. Andy Welsh, 11. Danny Schofield, 12. Craig Alcock, 13. Josh Wagenaar, 15. Luke Rodgers, 18. Keiran Murtagh, 23. Aaron Brown, 24. Aleksandar Prijović, 26. Shaun MacDonald, 28. Nathan Smith
Subs: 3. Nathan Jones, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 14. Paul Warne, 19. Andre McCollin, 25. Lee Cox,
Substitutes Used: Paul Warne for Aleksandar Prijović (59 mins), Nathan Jones for Andy Welsh (79 mins), Gavin Tomlin for Luke Rodgers (90 mins)
Bookings: Terrell Forbes (Foul, 39), Danny Schofield (Foul, 65)
New loan signing Shaun MacDonald became an instant hero for Yeovil Town tonight, as he marked his debut, whilst on loan from Swansea City, with the winning goal and the Sponsors Man of the Match in a 1-0 win over Huddersfield Town. The three points ensured Yeovil's first back-to-back league wins since they beat Hartlepool United and Doncaster Rovers all the way back in December 2007. In a tight game that the Glovers edged, MacDonald got his first Glovers goal right on the stroke of half time, with a deflected shot from a Danny Schofield pass, and as the weather and the pitch deteriorated, the Terriers couldn't find their way back into the match.
Having only arrived at the club a few hours previously, McDonald and striker Aleksander Prijovic went straight into their debuts, as the Yeovil Town squad began to look a little more palatable than it had a few hours previously. Paul Warne sneaked onto the bench - presumably only partially fit following his knee injury sustained at Southend United on Saturday. Keiran Murtagh was given the nod for a rare start in the third of three changes to the starting line-up, although fortunately all were like-for-like swaps, with no need to considerably tweak the formation. Murtagh predominantly sat as a holding midfielder, allowing the other three to push forward throughout the game.
Not too surprisingly, the new look Yeovil side took around five or ten minutes to get some kind of fluidity going, with the two debutants in particular struggling to find their bearings. But once they got going, MacDonald in particular began to shine for the Glovers. Danny Schofield was another player determined to impress on the night, up against his former club, and he broke clear of the Huddersfield back line and clear on goal, only to find Jim Goodwin blocking his shot just as he was about to pull the trigger. Then Nathan Smith fed Luke Rodgers, who put through Prijovic, who probably lacked a little bit of composure when he shot early instead of taking on the exposed Huddersfield keeper.
As the visitors threatened less and less, Yeovil carved out a deserved lead just before the break. Keiran Murtagh got himself into a forward position, firing in a shot that deflected for a corner, and from that set piece, Andy Welsh's kick reached Danny Schofield, who teed up Shaun MacDonald to fire home, with the goal taking a deflection on its way - not that anyone would be complaining about that at the half time break. 1-0 and half way to another three points.
Aleksander Prijovic spurned a glorious chance early in the second period to double Yeovil's lead when Luke Rodgers made himself space, dragging the Huddersfield defence out of shape before pulling the ball across to the Serbian. Again Huddersfield looked short of creating chances, even if they did move forward nicely, with Forbes and Brown once again having great games at the back for Yeovil.
Former Hereford United winger Lionel Ainsworth was ominously introduced as a second half substitute and he headed over the bar from a deep cross five minutes after entering the field, whilst at the other end Paul Warne was set free on goal but as he tried to finish the chance, his shot went narrowly wide of the far post. Then Warne's right wing cross produced a flying header from Andy Welsh and an even more flying save from Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies. Play then switched immediately to the other end with Anthony Pilkington taking advantage of a nasty bobble that deceived Aaron Brown, but thankfully Pilkington shot wide of the target.
The pitch was cutting up beyond belief as the game went deeper and deeper into the second half, almost making it impossible for any ball-playing midfielder to cut more than a short basic pass. The top soil at Huish Park has been breaking up badly in recent matches and the driving rain wasn't exactly helping the situation. This didn't really help either side, but with Huddersfield needing to chase the game, perhaps it favoured Yeovil a little more in that they had the lead.
Despite creating a few good half chances, the luck was out for the Terriers, and in fact they had to be wary that Yeovil didn't catch them on the break. In the final minute of normal time, the Glovers did just that, and this was the cue for the one rather nasty part of the match - Ian Craney's vicious tackle to stop Luke Rodgers in his tracks as he sped away, and Craney was fortunate the colour dished out by referee Graham Scott was only yellow. But once again a poor opposition tackle caused a Yeovil player to have to leave the field, and there's no doubt that will cause a concern or two tomorrow morning when Rodgers arrives for some physio work.
Four minutes of injury time failed to threaten the Glovers goal, and so in slightly calmer circumstances than Saturday's match at Southend, Yeovil made it six points out of six for the first time in over a year's worth of football. That has drawn them five points clear of the relegation zone, although with Leyton Orient and Crewe Alexandra the next two opponents across the next seven days, there's no time to relax just yet.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Huddersfield Town 0.
Scorers: Shaun MacDonald (1-0, 45 mins)
Link: 2008-09 Latest League One Table.
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 23. Aaron Brown 28. Nathan Smith
26. Shaun MacDonald 18. Keiran Murtagh 11. Danny Schofield 9. Andy Welsh
15. Luke Rodgers 24. Aleksander Prijovic
3. Nathan Jones (79 mins for Andy Welsh) 10. Gavin Tomlin (90 mins for Luke Rodgers) 14. Paul Warne (59 mins for Aleksander Prijovic) 19. Andre McCollin 25. Lee Cox
Huddersfield Town: (4-4-2)
28. Alex Smithies
2. Andy Holdsworth 6. Nathan Clarke 18. Andy Butler 16. Robbie Williams
9. Danny Cadamarteri 4. Michael Collins 11. Jim Goodwin 19. Anthony Pilkington
7. Keigan Parker 14. Phil Jevons
27. Matthew Glennon (GK) 3. Joe Skarz 5. Ian Craney (79 mins for Jim Goodwin) 12. Tom Clarke 34. Lionel Ainsworth (54 mins for Keigan Parker)
Yeovil Bookings: Terrell Forbes (39 mins, foul), Danny Schofield (65 mins, foul)
Huddersfield Bookings: Ian Craney (90 mins, foul)
Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Kevin Johnson (Somerset) and Paul Melin (Surrey). Fourth Official: Andrew Bennett (Devon).