Match Details: 26/08/2008
Middlesbrough 5-1 Yeovil Town
Carling Cup Second Round
Yeovil Goals: Gavin Tomlin (45)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Terry Skiverton, 6. Terrell Forbes, 8. Darren Way, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 13. Josh Wagenaar, 14. Paul Warne, 16. Gary Roberts, 18. Keiran Murtagh, 27. Lee Peltier, 29. James Dayton,
Subs: 7. Marc Bircham, 9. Lloyd Owusu, 12. Craig Alcock, 19. Andre McCollin, 23. Aaron Brown, 28. Nathan Smith, 31. Lloyd Irish
Substitutes Used: Andre McCollin for Paul Warne (62 mins), Marc Bircham for Darren Way (63 mins), Craig Alcock for Lee Peltier (83 mins)
Bookings: Marc Bircham (Foul, 75)
Yeovil Town were emphatically beaten by Premier League side Middlesbrough tonight at the Riverside Stadium by a 5-1 scoreline as the difference in class between the two sides was cruelly exposed. Apart from a few brief flickers, such as Gavin Tomlin's goal right on the stroke of half time, the Glovers spent most of the game under the cosh as five different Boro scorers netted past keeper Josh Wagenaar.
Approaching The Riverside
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The Glovers included left-winger James Dayton in their line-up, having only met his new team-mates up in the north-east, whilst Gary Roberts made his loan debut for the Glovers on the other flank. Right from the off though it was pretty clear that the Glovers were going to have their work cut out with the Premier League having an embarrassment of riches in being able to make numerous changes from their weekend line-up but still have plenty of household names in their side.
The only way Yeovil were going to be likely to succeed would be if they had managed to avoid any mistakes - unfortunately the opening two punished the Glovers severely as they lost possession around the halfway line on both occasions. The first saw Terrell Forbes miss a header on a high bouncing ball, and that let in Egyptian striker Mido, who got in behind the Glovers defence, firing home for an 11th minute lead. Worse followed when midway through the first half, a misplaced pass saw Kieran Murtagh dispossessed and Didier Digard's powerful shot got a weak palm from keeper Josh Wagenaar, with the Canadian unable to palm the ball away from his own net.
If the first two goals came from errors, the third Middlesbrough goal was just plain cruel. The Glovers had been mounting pressure of their own, with Gary Roberts having a shot blocked inside the penalty area as they tried to fashion a way back into the game. But the attacking move saw the Glovers with a significant number of players up field and Boro broke clinically, and within seconds of firing an excellent chance on the Boro goal, Yeovil were picking the ball out of their own net, with Jeremie Aliadiere finishing off a sweeping move that carved through the Yeovil midfield.
Fair play to the Glovers though - they did their best to not give up, even if various players were clearly finding the going extremely tough. And they guaranteed that they will have one happy memory to take away with them just before the break after Nathan Jones was fouled on the corner of the penalty area. Darren Way's free kick was simple but effective, with Gavin Tomlin ghosting in at the near post to score his second goal of the season with a first time shot to at least put a few smiles on the visiting fans faces at half time.
Inside The Riverside - a few bob been spent.
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Straight after the break though, matters got harder for the Glovers as the Premier League side grabbed their fourth goal - again making the game of football look incredibly simple. Boro doubled up down Yeovil's left flank, leaving Nathan Jones exposed as Justin Hoyte was released down the flank on the overlap and his cross was met by an unmarked Marvin Emnes to restore the three goal margin.
Boro's fifth and final one of the night arrived from Adam Johnson, and was probably the pick of the night. Perhaps being ultra-critical, someone in the Glovers back line should have closed him down as the ball was squared to him on the edge of the box, but the superb curler into the top left-hand corner gave Wagenaar no chance, showing up a 5-1 scoreline on the scoreboard opposite the Yeovil fans, who to their credit continued to exercise their vocal chords right up to the final whistle.
Those on the field of play also tried their best to keep going, almost grabbing a second late goal as substitute Andre McCollin fired a late chance just wide of the Boro goal. However, there's little doubt that they were outclassed on the night - and for good reasons. Of the Glovers team that finished the game, three were playing for Fisher Athletic last season, whilst the likes of Wagenaar and Alcock are all relative newcomers to the Glovers side and still have plenty to learn. Put up against Premier League millions, it is not surprising that they found it difficult on the night.
Final Score: Middlesbrough 5 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Mido (11 mins, 1-0), Didier Digard (23 mins, 2-0), Jeremie Aliadiere (32 mins, 3-0), Gavin Tomlin (45 mins, 3-1), Marvin Emnes (47 mins, 4-1), Adam Johnson (66 mins, 5-1)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
13. Josh Wagenaar
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
16. Gary Roberts 18. Kieran Murtagh 8. Darren Way 29. James Dayton
10. Gavin Tomlin
14. Paul Warne
Subs: 31. Lloyd Irish 7. Marc Bircham (63 mins for Darren Way) 9. Lloyd Owusu 12. Craig Alcock (83 mins for Lee Peltier) 19. Andre McCollin (62 mins for Paul Warne) 23. Aaron Brown 28. Nathan Smith
21. Ross Turnbull
2. Justin Hoyte 5. Chris Riggott 6. Emanuel Pogatetz 40. Jonathan Grounds
10. Jeremie Aliadiere 8. Didier Digard 15. Mohamed Shawky 28. Adam Johnson
11. Marvin Emnes 9. Mido
32. Jason Steele (GK) 39. Rhys Williams (74 mins for Emanuel Pogatetz) 19. Stewart Downing 17. Tuncay Sanli 4. Gary O'Neil (60 mins for Jeremie Aliadiere) 12. Afonso Alves 41. Joshua Walker (60 mins for Mohamed Shawky)
Middlesbrough Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Marc Bircham (75 mins, foul)
Referee: Scott Mathieson. Assistants: B Khatib and G Wallace. Fourth Official: G Beswick.
Some of the 418 possibly wondering why 600 miles seemed like a good idea at the time.
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Attendance: 15,651 (including 418 Yeovil fans)