Match Details: 30/01/2010
Yeovil Town 0-1 Huddersfield Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Alex McCarthy, 2. Craig Alcock, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Stefan Stam, 5. Steven Caulker, 9. Sam Williams, 13. Ryan Mason, 14. Dean Bowditch, 20. Owain Tudur Jones, 21. Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala, 25. Shaun MacDonald,
Subs: 6. Terrell Forbes, 8. Keiran Murtagh, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Andy Welsh, 16. Scott Murray, 28. Nathan Smith, 33. Ben Roberts
Substitutes Used: Gavin Tomlin for Dean Bowditch (69 mins), Andy Welsh for Ryan Mason (77 mins)
Bookings: Sam Williams (Foul, 71), Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala (Foul, 88)
Yeovil Town crashed to their third home defeat of the season this afternoon, as a strong Huddersfield Town side snuffed them out on a day when a defensive error settled the game. The only goal of the match was scored when Terriers debutant Nathan Eccleston seized on a mistake by Glovers goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and his defender Steven Caulker, who collided as McCarthy was claiming a cross, and as the ball ran loose, Eccleston pounced to slot home what was to prove to be the winner.
The Glovers chose to leave Jonathan Obika out of the matchday squad as he became the "sixth loan" to make room for Owain Tudur Jones to make his debut. Ryan Mason was restored to the Yeovil line-up whilst Tuesday night's widemen Keiran Murtagh and Nathan Smith dropped to the bench.
Both sides had their own early shouts for penalties with the ball striking the arm of Steven Caulker in an early Huddersfield attack then at the other end Peter Clarke appeared to be man-handling Sam Williams inside the box. Referee Gavin Ward wasn't interested in making any early decisions.
Midway through the first half, in a match of few chances, a defensive error gifted Huddersfield the opening goal. A cross into the box should have been claimed by Alex McCarthy, but confusion between him and Steven Caulker saw the centre-back take the ball out of McCarthy's hands, and when Gary Roberts shot towards goal, his initial shot was blocked into the path of Terriers debutant Nathan Eccleston, who took his opportunity well.
Huddersfield were largely on top during the first period but just before the half time whistle, the Glovers got themselves a lifeline. Ryan Mason took a high cross out of the air, controlled it beautifully, and as he prepared to take his second touch past his marker Neal Trotman, the Huddersfield centre-back clipped Mason and referee Ward pointed to the spot. However, Yeovil Town were not to take advantage of the situation. Dean Bowditch's penalty went miles over the bar and a crucial opportunity to go in level at the break was wasted.
Early in the second period, Huddersfield dropped down to 10 men for around five minutes after scorer Nathan Eccleston collided with Nathan Jones, and whilst the Terriers were a man down, Yeovil went on the attack, with Sam Williams bringing the ball down well inside the box, trapping, turning and shooting to force visiting keeper Alex Smithies to parry the ball for a corner. A Ryan Mason header went wide of the target, and eventually Huddersfield decided they couldn't wait for Eccleston to return, replacing him with Lee Novak to restore parity on numbers.
Changes for Yeovil saw Gavin Tomlin and Andy Welsh introduced as substitutes for a fairly anonymous Dean Bowditch and for Ryan Mason, and this was to brighten up the Yeovil attack significantly as they got some width into what had been an extremely narrow Glovers line-up. The two substitutes could have produced an equaliser in the last 10 minutes, with Tomlin firing a shot just wide of the target, followed by a Welsh attempt as he broke clean through on goal, only to slot his attempt wide as keeper Alex Smithies came off his line to narrow the angle.
Yeovil's fairly miserable afternoon was polished off when Jean-Paul Kalala picked up his 10th booking of the season, as over-fussy referee Gavin Ward carded him for a minor foul. Ward booked four players on the day, largely for 'persistence' than for anything major, and his constant stop-start refereeing was perfect to help Huddersfield snuff the game out and frustrating for Yeovil to get a rhythm going. The Glovers didn't really deserve a lot out of the game in what was a fairly inert home performance. But on the other hand with only a single defensive error separating the two sides in the end, that will have still left them regretting what they could have grabbed from the game.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.
Scorers: Nathan Eccleston (23 mins, 0-1).
Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 4. Stefan Stam 3. Nathan Jones
21. Jean-Paul Kalala 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald
13. Ryan Mason
14. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams
33. Ben Roberts (GK) 6. Terrell Forbes 8. Keiran Murtagh 10. Gavin Tomlin (69 mins for Dean Bowditch) 11. Andy Welsh (77 mins for Ryan Mason) 16. Scott Murray 28. Nathan Smith
1 Alex Smithies 2 Lee Peltier 5 Peter Clarke 2 Tom Clarke 13 Heffernan 35 Neal Trotman 7 Gary Roberts 8 Antony Kay 25 Drinkwater 17 Alex Rhodes 36 Nathan Eccleston
26 Eastwood, 6 Nathan Clarke, 16 Williams, 27 Pearce, 22 Berrett (69 mins for Drinkwater), 10 Robbie Simpson (84 mins for Gary Roberts), 21 Lee Novak (66 mins for Nathan Eccleston)
Yeovil Bookings: Sam Williams (71 mins, foul), Jean-Paul Kalala (88 mins, foul)
Huddersfield Bookings: Neal Trotman (47 mins, dissent), Gary Roberts (78 mins, foul)
Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Mark Philpott (Cornwall) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Gloucestershire).
Attendance: 4,110 (including 483 Terriers fans)