Match Details: 17/04/2010
Yeovil Town 0-1 Southampton
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Alex McCarthy, 2. Craig Alcock, 5. Steven Caulker, 6. Terrell Forbes, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Andy Welsh, 14. Dean Bowditch, 20. Gavin Williams, 21. Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala, 25. Shaun MacDonald, 28. Nathan Smith
Subs: 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Stefan Stam, 7. Arron Davies, 8. Keiran Murtagh, 15. Richard Martin, 16. Scott Murray,
Substitutes Used: Keiran Murtagh for Dean Bowditch (88 mins)
Bookings: Steven Caulker (Foul, 56), Gavin Williams (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 70)
Yeovil Town succumbed to a 90th minute goal for the second time in a week as they lost to a Lee Barnard goal this afternoon, as Southampton kept their faint play-off hopes alive. A cross by Ndiaye Papa Waigo saw Barnard head home three minutes into injury time, despite the Saints being down to 10 men following Morgan Schneiderlin's red card for a rather daft kick out on Gavin Williams.
Yeovil went into the match with the same starting line-up for the third match running, although the bench showed a number of changes. Danny Hutchins (illness) and Aidan Downes (knee injury) both ducked out, whilst Stefan Stam's presence on the bench was enough for Luke Ayling to become the 6th loanee sat in the stands, whilst Arron Davies was recalled to the squad.
The game started with the Saints well in control and Yeovil struggling badly to contain their shoot on sight policy. The only merciful thing was that they weren't able to direct too many of their chances on target. Rickie Lambert did what he did best - three looping shots on the volley from distance, with two going wide of the target, whilst a third landed in the arms of Alex McCarthy. Then Adam Lallana burst through the Yeovil defence, and lobbed McCarthy only to find the ball bounce inches wide of the post.
It wasn't until the final 15 minutes of the half that Yeovil began to get the measure of the game, as they began to employ the tactics of an away side, breaking on their opponents, with Gavin Williams doing the ball work, and Dean Bowditch frequently creating himself space. On one such occasion, Bowditch shot wide of the target when clean through on goal, where you would have backed a striker with three goals in three games to net. Just on half time, an Andy Welsh cross into the box saw Saints keeper Kelvin Davies make a brilliant save from a Gavin Tomlin shot. At the break, Yeovil really should have been behind by a couple, but their play in the closing portion of the half suggested that they could still get something out of the match.
Yeovil opened the second period still impressing With Andy Welsh in particular causing the Southampton right-back a consistent nightmare as he skinned his man time and time again, frequently overlapping with Nathan Smith on that flank. Saints had introduced Lee Barnard during the break, and he caused Steven Caulker to double his booking tally for the season after the former Southend striker had skipped past Terrell Forbes, forcing Caulker to deliberately block off Barnard's run. No complaints there.
Saints could have few complaints either about referee Oliver Langford - a replacement for the original lead official - producing a red card 70 minutes into the half. Having fouled Gavin Williams close to the touchline and right under the nose of the linesman, Morgan Schneiderlin stupidly decided to kick out at Williams off the ball with the whistle having already blown, and with players charging in from both sides, there was only going to be one outcome with Saints going down to 10 men. Williams landed a yellow for something he did during the aftermath - presumably retaliation.
Saints could have been down to nine men minutes later when Williams again was fouled by Jose Fonte as the Welshman raced through on goal. Having only just sent off a Saints player, Langford was perhaps mindful of the repercussions of dismissing two in six minutes and produced a yellow, despite Williams being clean through at the time of the foul.
Everything seemed to be going Yeovil's way, but their finishing at times was weak, and you just wondered what they could have done with the man advantage if they had some of the strike force that their opponents had. As it happened, in the closing stages, Southampton - mindful that this was a 'Do or Die' game for their play-off hopes, threw on two of their strikers in Ndiaye Papa Waigo and David Connolly, taking off a right-back and a midfielder and leaving them with five strikers on the pitch.
That gamble paid off for Alan Pardew, who had one of his coaches sent to the stands during the second half, as two of his substitutes combined three minutes into five of injury time. Ndiaye Papa Waigo's cross into the box was met by the head of Lee Barnard, right in front of the packed Copse Road End, and for the second match running, the number 93 proved to be unlucky for the Glovers, as a late late finish for the opposition denied them the points that they needed.
The result was somewhat cruel with Yeovil playing well for all bar the opening 20 minutes of the match. But Southampton always looked dangerous even when down to 10 men, and with players like Barnard to call on from the bench, they were able to gamble, and Yeovil - having made just one substitution during the game - were not able to change what they had to any degree. The one change that was made didn't exactly help, with Dean Bowditch's late removal leaving them without any out'n'out strikers on the field with Saints having their five, which seemed to leave Yeovil without an outlet up front. The result leaves Yeovil back in 17th place and just five points off the relegation zone with three games to play. No real pressure just yet, but clearly a win against Millwall and a draw against Saints could have painted an entirely different picture.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Southampton 1.
Scorer: Lee Barnard (0-1, 90 mins)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
10. Gavin Tomlin 21. JP Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
20. Gavin Williams
14. Dean Bowditch
3. Nathan Jones 4. Stefan Stam 7. Arron Davies 8. Keiran Murtagh (88 mins for Dean Bowditch) 15. Richard Martin (GK) 16. Scott Murray
1. Kelvin Davis 40. Jon Otsemobor 12. Jose Fonte 35. Daniel Seaborne 2. Dan Harding 37. Michail Antonio 14. Dean Hammond 19. Morgan Schneiderlin 20. Adam Lallana 4. Jason Puncheon 7. Richard Lambert
Substitutes: 28. Bartosz Bialkowski (GK) 17. Lee Barnard (46 mins for Michail Antonio) 38. David Connolly (84 mins for Dean Hammond) 9. Ndiaye Papa Waigo (84 mins for Dean Hammond) 10. Paul Wotton 6. Radhi Jaidi 5. Chris Perry
Yeovil Bookings: Steven Caulker (56 mins, foul), Gavin Williams (70 mins, retaliation)
Southampton Bookings: Lee Barnard (68 mins, foul), Jose Fonte (78 mins, foul), Ndiaye Papa Waigo (90 mins). Red Card: Morgan Schneiderlin (70 mins, violent conduct)
Referee: Oliver Langford. Assistants: Andy Hendley (West Midlands) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Warren Atkin (West Sussex).
Attendance: 7,484 (including approx 1,860 Saints fans).