Match Details: 10/04/2009
Yeovil Town 2-0 Millwall
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Jonathan Obika (40), Gavin Tomlin (49)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Chris Weale, 6. Terrell Forbes, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 14. Paul Warne, 16. Gary Roberts, 18. Keiran Murtagh, 24. Danny Hutchins, 25. Andros Townsend, 26. Jonathan Obika, 27. Lee Peltier, 28. Nathan Smith
Subs: 9. Andy Welsh, 11. Danny Schofield, 12. Craig Alcock, 15. Luke Rodgers, 20. Danny Maguire,
Substitutes Used: Andy Welsh for Andros Townsend (73 mins), Luke Rodgers for Gavin Tomlin (84 mins)
Bookings: Keiran Murtagh (Foul, 42), Gary Roberts (Foul, 67), Luke Rodgers (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 88)
Yeovil Town extended their unbeaten run to five games this afternoon at Huish Park, as a 2-0 win over promotion-chasing Millwall lifted them up to 16th in the League One table. Goals on either side of half time from Jonathan Obika and Gavin Tomlin sealed the win for the Glovers, with Millwall's misery made complete by a red card for Alan Dunne.
Team selection for this match was incredibly simple - the exact same sixteen that grabbed a 0-0 draw at Stockport County lined up against a Lions side that before the game had been gunning for an automatic promotion spot. The start was totally frenetic - with the Glovers dominating territory but Millwall probably carving out the best chances.
Full-backs Nathan Smith and Danny Hutchins had to clear off the line during the opening 20 minutes, with a Jimmy Abdou header and a spectacular overhead kick from Zak Whitbread denied. In his short spell with the Glovers, Hutchins has now 'saved' three goals - his Spurs team mates may have the higher profile, but certainly the right-back has played his part with some superb positional sense and anticipation.
At the other end, Yeovil had threatened through a series of early corners, although without carving out a real cast iron chance - their best came when an Andros Townsend free kick took a deflection and almost looped over Lions keeper David Forde, leaving the keeper clutching the ball on his goal line and the home terrace screaming for a goal that the Main Stand linesman refused to give.
Yeovil got their opening goal though four minutes before the break as the Millwall defence switched off. A through ball to the byline was only tracked by Keiran Murtagh, with the Lions perhaps expecting the ball to head out for a goal kick. Murtagh had to pause his next move, with so few players in the box, but his eventual pull-back for Jonathan Obika was superbly executed with a first time shot from 10 yards into the back of the net for an excellent team goal and a half time lead.
The Glovers opened in similar fashion for the second period and the alarm bells should have been ringing for Millwall when Gavin Tomlin screwed a shot across the face of goal two minutes in. However, Tomlin's next touch struck gold as Paul Warne's sliding tackle not only won a loose halfway line ball, but also put Tomlin away on the right flank. Dancing his way across the edge of the Millwall penalty area, he fired a narrow-angled shot into the far corner to double Yeovil's lead and cause Huish Park to erupt with joy.
Yeovil could have had a third on the hour mark when Gary Roberts typified a Yeovil side oozing with confidence when he spotted David Forde off his line whilst taking a 40 yard free kick and decided he wanted to chip him. The ball just about cleared the goal-frame with Forde frantically back-pedalling.
Millwall brought on record-breaking goalscorer Neil Harris and switched to a 4-3-3 for the final 30 minutes, and with the attacking formation began to look a touch more dangerous, although Chris Weale's dominance of his penalty area certainly thwarted several of their balls into the box. However, this was a match in which things weren't going the Lions way, and Alan Dunne got his marching orders with 18 minutes left when his late tackle on Andros Townsend earned him a second yellow card. Neither foul was particularly bad, but with Townsend tending to nudge the ball forward to stretch his legs on his runs, any foul committed when the ball is four yards in front of the player is always going to look bad.
Towards the end it became a particularly fractious game, and referee Andy Hall probably did well to only produce one red card. Millwall had lost their composure and one or two of their tackles were designed to "leave the boot in" - the most obvious of which was substitute David Martin's sliding foul on Paul Warne which had intent written all over it, particularly as referee Hall had told the same player to calm down after he took a swipe at Danny Hutchins 30 seconds previously. Keiran Murtagh and Gary Roberts trod a thin line as they went flying into tackles whilst on yellow cards, whilst even Luke Rodgers managed to pick up a yellow with his six minutes as a substitute for an off the ball fracas. Thankfully referee Hall didn't try and even up the numbers and by the end the Lions were well beaten, with some impressive performances out there from those in green and white.
The win sees Yeovil climb seven points ahead of Northampton Town who lost at Bristol Rovers today, leaving them still two points short of safety. With six more fixtures taking place tomorrow, the table will change once again, but on Monday, the Glovers will take their growing-in-confidence squad up to Whaddon Road to play Cheltenham Town where another win would almost guarantee League One survival and would pretty much relegate their hosts. Nothing can be taken for granted, but with such consistent performances coming out of the squad at present, there's no reason why they shouldn't aim to extend their run even further.
Link: 2008-09 League One Table (including all Good Friday results).
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Millwall 0.
Scorers: Jonathan Obika (40 mins, 1-0), Gavin Tomlin (49 mins, 2-0)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Chris Weale
24. Danny Hutchins 6. Terrell Forbes 27. Lee Peltier 28. Nathan Smith
14. Paul Warne 16. Gary Roberts 18. Keiran Murtagh 25. Andros Townsend
26. Jonathan Obika 10. Gavin Tomlin
11. Danny Schofield 9. Andrew Welsh (73 mins for Andros Townsend) 15. Luke Rodgers (84 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 12. Craig Alcock 20. Danny Maguire
1. David Forde
7. Alan Dunne 6. Zak Whitbread 15. Tony Craig 3. Andy Frampton
24. Marc Laird 32. Adam Bolder 26. Nadjim Abdou 8. Gary Alexander
10. Lewis Grabban 28. Jason Price
40. Lenny Pidgeley (GK) 9. Neil Harris (61 mins for Lewis Grabban) 16. Scott Barron (61 mins for Andy Frampton) 21. David Martin (46 mins for Adam Bolder) 22. Ali Fuseini
Yeovil Bookings: Keiran Murtagh (42 mins, foul), Gary Roberts (67 mins, foul), Luke Rodgers (88 mins, off the ball incident)
Millwall Bookings: Alan Dunne (26 mins, foul), David Martin (79 mins, foul), Marc Laird (90 mins, foul). Red Card: Alan Dunne (72 mins, second bookable offence).
Referee: Andy Hall (West Midlands). Assistants: Eric Mackrell (Hampshire) and Malcolm West (Cornwall). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).
Attendance: 6,230 (including 1,076 Millwall fans).