Match Details: 14/03/2009
Brighton and Hove Albion 5-0 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 4. Terry Skiverton, 6. Terrell Forbes, 7. Jonathan Worthington, 9. Andy Welsh, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 12. Craig Alcock, 13. Josh Wagenaar, 15. Luke Rodgers, 16. Gary Roberts, 27. Lee Peltier, 28. Nathan Smith
Subs: 11. Danny Schofield, 14. Paul Warne, 17. Aidan Downes, 18. Keiran Murtagh, 24. Danny Hutchins,
Substitutes Used: Paul Warne for Luke Rodgers (54 mins), Danny Schofield for Andy Welsh (54 mins), Aidan Downes for Craig Alcock (66 mins)
Bookings: Jonathan Worthington (Foul, 70), Paul Warne (Dissent, 74), Josh Wagenaar (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 79),
Four days after suffering their record Football League defeat, Yeovil Town suffered an increase on that unwanted record with a 5-0 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion at the Withdean Stadium today. Former manager Russell Slade had the last laugh as his team ran riot in a match where the Seagulls could easily have had more than five they got in the end. Nicky Forster and Dean Cox grabbed braces, whilst Glenn Murray added a penalty. Matters got worse seven minutes from the end when goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar was red carded for bringing down a Brighton player outside the box, although this had little effect on the scoreline with the Glovers already four down at that stage.
The Glovers went into the match making three changes from the midweek match at Leeds United. Terry Skiverton made his first start as a player since becoming manager, replacing Aaron Brown who was out with a groin strain. As a result, assistant boss Nathan Jones was relegated to bench duties in favour of Nathan Smith. Meanwhile Danny Schofield's groin strain meant he was not quite fit enough to justify a starting slot and so he dropped to the bench, in favour of Luke Rodgers, which also allowed the Glovers to revert to a 4-4-2 line-up.
The start was a relatively even one, with perhaps the Seagulls edging things. But Brighton took the lead on 16 minutes with the goal coming when play broke down from a Yeovil free kick. Caught short at the back, a pass through to Dean Cox exposed players out of position, and when Craig Alcock tried to recover his ground, Cox slipped past him, and firing home to put the Seagulls 1-0 up.
Yeovil nearly got an equalising goal out of nothing when Nathan Smith's cross found Gavin Tomlin, who hit the outside of the post, surprising a static Brighton back line. But matters got worse for the Glovers before even half an hour had passed on the clock when midfielder Al Bangura threaded a pass through to Nicky Forster who found it a little too easy to double Brighton's lead. As with many of Yeovil's recent matches, they had held their own relatively well at 0-0, but as each goal went in, heads went down and the determination to stay in the match gradually slipped away. Brighton finished the half well in control of the situation.
A brief second half rally at the start of the half, and then again when Paul Warne and Aidan Downes were introduced as substitutes, threatened to make a game of it. But an hour into the match, Nicky Forster grabbed his second of the afternoon. A sloppy pass from Nathan Smith fell into the path of Dean Cox, and his threaded pass found Forster, who punished the defensive mistake with the third of the afternoon.
Thereafter it was a case of 'goodnight Yeovil' as the Glovers fell apart. The home side grabbed a penalty when a Dean Cox cross was blocked by Terry Skiverton's arm and referee Steve Bratt pointed to the spot. Significantly Josh Wagenaar was booked for kicking the ball away amidst the protests, but substitute Glenn Murray wasn't fazed by that and despite Wags going the right way, Brighton were 4-0 up and rampant.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it did. As has been mentioned on these pages many times throughout the season, whilst the Glovers rarely have the option of a substitute that can affect the game, the opposition usually do, and just three minutes after substitute Glenn Murray had netted, it was the turn of substitute Craig Davies to do his bit. The striker ran onto a ball wide of the box, and Glovers keeper Josh Wagenaar rashly charged out of his area and brought Davies down outside the box. With Wags already on a yellow, the red card that was shown was an obvious one, although we'll have to wait for the FA to confirm the exact nature of the ban. With Yeovil down to 10 men, Paul Warne ended up between the sticks for the final seven minutes. Even if the Glovers had used a substitute keeper they wouldn't have been able to bring him on - all three substitutions had already been made.
There was little Warney could do about Brighton's fifth goal of the afternoon which came a minute from time. Dean Cox, who had been involved in all of Brighton's goals during the afternoon, was afforded a huge amount of space inside the penalty box. When no-one closed him down, he fired across the face of the Yeovil goal to increase the embarrassment for the visitors. The only positive of the afternoon was that referee Steve Bratt did not linger on the injury time and put the Glovers out of their misery. Not even Brighton boss Russell Slade could have seen something like this happening.
The result leaves the Glovers still three points off the drop zone, with Swindon Town losing to a late Jermaine Beckford goal at Leeds United. But Brighton's win pulls them level on points with Swindon, and with the Glovers goal difference now in tatters. Wins for Crewe Alexandra, Leyton Orient and Cheltenham Town saw two of their rivals pull clear of the relegation zone and increasing the pressure on Glovers boss Terry Skiverton as he still looks for his first win as manager. With performances now on a massive slide, something radical needs to be done to help him if Yeovil Town's owner, the Chairman and the Board of Directors really do value League One football.
Final Score: Brighton and Hove Albion 5 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: Dean Cox (16 mins, 1-0), Nicky Forster (29 mins, 2-0), Nicky Forster (62 mins, 3-0), Glenn Murray (80 mins, 4-0, pen), Dean Cox (89 mins, 5-0)
Brighton and Hove Albion: (4-4-2)
40. Mikkel Andersen
2. Andrew Whing 6. Adam El-Abd 12. Matt Heath 14. David Livermore
7. Dean Cox 8. Jason Jarrett 39. Alhassan Bangura 28. Sebastien Carole
38. Lloyd Owusu 9. Nicky Forster
11. Kevin McLeod 17. Glenn Murray (65 mins for Nicky Forster) 22. Tommy Fraser (77 mins for Jason Jarrett) 24. Tommy Elphick 25. Craig Davies (80 mins for Lloyd Owusu)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
27. Lee Peltier 16. Gary Roberts 7. Jonathan Worthington 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 15. Luke Rodgers
11. Danny Schofield (54 mins for Andy Welsh) 14. Paul Warne (54 mins for Luke Rodgers) 17. Aidan Downes (66 mins for Craig Alcock) 18. Keiran Murtagh 24. Danny Hutchins
Brighton Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Jonathan Worthington (foul, 70 mins), Paul Warne (dissent, 74 mins), Josh Wagenaar (kicking ball away, 79 mins). Red Card: Josh Wagenaar (second bookable offence, 83 mins)
Referee: Steve Bratt (West Midlands). Assistants: David Buck (Kent) and Marvin Thompson (Middlesex). Fourth Official: Ray Lee (Essex).
Attendance: 6,291 (including 262 Yeovil supporters).