Match Details: 03/10/2009
Oldham Athletic 0-0 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Alex McCarthy, 3. Nathan Jones, 5. Steven Caulker, 6. Terrell Forbes, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Andy Welsh, 13. Ryan Mason, 18. Andy Lindegaard, 21. Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala, 25. Shaun MacDonald, 30. Craig Davies,
Subs: 7. George O'Callaghan, 8. Keiran Murtagh, 15. Richard Martin, 16. Scott Murray, 23. Danny Hutchins, 28. Nathan Smith, 32. Andre McCollin
Substitutes Used: Scott Murray for Ryan Mason (59 mins), Danny Hutchins for Andy Lindegaard (84 mins), Nathan Smith for Andy Welsh (87 mins)
Bookings: Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala (Foul, 25), Craig Davies (Handball, 35), Gavin Tomlin (Foul, 64), Nathan Smith (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town gained another useful away point with a 0-0 draw at Oldham Athletic this afternoon to give themselves an unbeaten run of three games and no goals conceded during that sequence. In a game dominated by the wind and some fierce tackling from both sides, the Glovers were the only side to get the ball in the back of the net, with Craig Davies having his 'goal' from a Gavin Tomlin cross disallowed for a handball in the execution.
They went into the game making two changes to Tuesday night's side, with Craig Alcock (ankle) being replaced by Andy Lindegaard, whilst a hamstring injury to Sam Williams forced him out, with Ryan Mason displacing him. The latter change made for a bit of shuffling about in the current 4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1 formation but the basic tactic remained the same.
The formation has undoubtedly turned Yeovil into a far more resolute side, albeit at the expense of some of the attacking play, with Oldham the latest team struggling to break through the midfield pair of Jean-Paul Kalala and Shaun MacDonald. The Latics had the greater possession, but Yeovil carved out the first early chance when Gavin Tomlin put a header over the bar. At the other end, Keigan Parker wasted a great opportunity to give Oldham the lead when he got into a one-on-one with keeper Alex McCarthy, but the striker fired wide of the target.
Ten minutes before the break, Craig Davies got the ball into the back of the net from a Gavin Tomlin cross as keeper Dean Brill seemed to get into a tangle with his own defence, with Davies planting the touch into the net, but referee Nigel Miller ruled that the former Oldham player had used his hand, and so Davies was rewarded with a yellow card for his attempt.
At the other end, Chris Taylor missed two golden opportunities to put Oldham ahead after he burst through on goal. His first strike was saved by Alex McCarthy but when the ball came straight back to him, he shot the rebound over the bar. Overall though, it was a scrappy first period, with Yeovil playing with the wind in their favour, but not really making good use of it.
Yeovil dominated the second half, and whenever Oldham got near their back line, Terrell Forbes and Steven Caulker were having terrific games at the back, mopping up almost everything at the back. Even on the rare occasions they managed to get the ball into the Yeovil box they didn't have the men available in numbers. On one occasion Keigan Parker knocked the ball across the face of the penalty area, but it missed everyone in the penalty box and ran through to safety.
Yeovil's dominance though was without creating too many chances of their own. Gavin Tomlin was the creator of one such attempt - his sheer persistence beating Oldham players and riding tackles before he squared the ball back to Jean-Paul Kalala, whose shot was well hit, but went wide of goal. Towards the end, the Latics threatened a winner, with Pawel Abbott particularly influential in their attacks, but the Glovers remained resolute and came out with a deserved point.
The result sees Yeovil drop one place to 18th place, albeit by climbing a further point away from the relegation spots. The team that has dropped into the relegation zone is Brighton and Hove Albion, who lost 0-1 at home to Milton Keynes Dons. With the Seagulls just two points behind the Glovers, next week's match at Huish Park takes on further significance.
Link: Latest 2009-10 League One Table.
Final Score: Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 0.
Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1/4-2-3-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
18. Andy Lindegaard 6. Terrell Forbes 5. Steven Caulker 3. Nathan Jones
10. Gavin Tomlin 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
30. Craig Davies
15. Richard Martin (GK) 7. George O'Callaghan 16. Scott Murray (59 mins for Ryan Mason) 23. Danny Hutchins (84 mins for Andy Lindegaard) 28. Nathan Smith (87 mins for Andy Welsh) 8. Keiran Murtagh 32. Andre McCollin
1. Dean Brill
12. Kelvin Lomax 6. Reuben Hazell 16. Sean Gregan 33. Alan Sheehan
7. Danny Whitaker 14. Dean Furman 26. Alex Marrow 18. Chris Taylor
9. Pawel Abbott 17. Keigan Parker
23. Josh Ollerenshaw (GK) 4. Jonathan Worthington (46 mins for Kelvin Lomax) 19. Kieran Lee 21. Paul Black 22. Ryan Brooke (65 mins for Chris Taylor) 28. Joe Colbeck (58 mins for Dean Furman) 36. Michael McKerr
Oldham Bookings: Jonathan Worthington (57 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Jean-Paul Kalala (25 mins, foul), Craig Davies (35 mins, handball), Gavin Tomlin (64 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (90 mins, foul).
Referee: Nigel Miller (County Durham). Assistants: Richard Clark (Northumberland) and Steven Copeland (Merseyside). Fourth Official: Duncan Street (West Yorkshire).
Attendance: 4,208 (including 185 Yeovil supporters).