Match Details: 16/02/2010
Yeovil Town 0-1 Colchester United
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Alex McCarthy, 4. Stefan Stam, 5. Steven Caulker, 6. Terrell Forbes, 7. Arron Davies, 9. Sam Williams, 11. Andy Welsh, 14. Dean Bowditch, 20. Owain Tudur Jones, 25. Shaun MacDonald, 28. Nathan Smith
Subs: 2. Craig Alcock, 8. Keiran Murtagh, 15. Richard Martin, 16. Scott Murray, 17. Aidan Downes, 23. Danny Hutchins,
Substitutes Used: Craig Alcock for Stefan Stam (23 mins)
Yeovil Town went down to the second home defeat in three games, and their third without scoring a goal after a Kayode Odejayi strike just before half time proved to be the difference between the two sides. The Glovers continue to stay in 14th position in the League One able, but are now looking far less strong on their home patch, with the opposition able to snuff them out and neuter the game.
Arron Davies made his return to the club at last as a right-wing. Ryan Mason had picked up a knee injury on Saturday meaning that he was able to simplify any questions on which loans should be selected, whilst Gavin Tomlin and Jean-Paul Kalala were ruled out through illness meaning that only one change was made to Saturday's line-up.
With the pitch having taken a large amount of pre-match rain, it was to be a greasy surface for playing football on, and both sides struggled to get absolute control of the game. Former Nottingham Forest midfielder David Prutton fired a volley towards goal that McCarthy did well to save, and then Kayodi Odejayi clipped the crossbar as an Anthony Wordsworth cross saw the visitors go close.
In terms of Glovers attacks, Owain Tudur Jones put through Andy Welsh down the left win, but his volley was inches wide. Half an hour into the match the Glovers suffered a blow when Stefan Stam had to be stretchered off with a leg injury after a lengthy delay on the pitch.
Then with seven minutes left before the break, matters got decidedly worse when Anthony Wordsworth and Clive Platt combined to allow Kayode Odejayi to net the opener who side-footed his shot into the bottom corner.
During the early part of the second period, the visitors defended well, although at the other end Nathan Smith is showing signs of being back to some of his best Glovers form - blocking a run by Prutton by a brilliant tackle. Midway through the second half, a great cross by Andy Welsh, pushed the ball into the path of Owain Tudur Jones, whose shot went just wide. Then at the other end, Colchester substitute Steven Gillespie forced Alex McCarthy into an excellent save with his legs.
Five minutes from the end, Owain Tudur Jones tried to repeat his free kick scored at Wycombe, sending a free kick around the defensive wall. He stuck the side netting leaving some inside the stadium thinking the equaliser had come as the net rippled on the blind side. The Glovers went for a 4-3-3 formation with Owain Tudur Jones employed as a second central forward in a three-pronged front line-up. But Colchester were able to hold out and collect yet another three points over the Glovers.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 1.
Scorers: Kayode Odejayi (0-1, 38 mins)
Yeovil Town: 4-4-2)
1. Alex McCarthy
6. Terrell Forbes 4. Stefan Stam 5. Steven Caulker 28. Nathan Smith
7. Arron Davies 20. Owain Tudur Jones 25. Shaun MacDonald 11. Andy Welsh
9. Sam Williams 14. Dean Bowditch
15. Richard Martin (GK) 2. Craig Alcock (23 mins for Stefan Stam) 8. Keiran Murtagh 16. Scott Murray 17. Aidan Downes 23. Danny Hutchins
1. Ben Williams 25. John White 4. Magnus Okuonghae 28. Matt Heath 23. Marc Tierney 26. David Prutton 10. Kemal Izzet 8. John-Joe O'Toole 22. Anthony Wordsworth 15. Kayode Odejayi 9. Clive Platt
12. Mark Cousins (GK) 14. David Fox 16. Ian Henderson 18. Steven Gillespie (55 mins for Kayode Odejayi) 21. Danny Batth 31. Philip Ifil 39. Medy Elito
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Colchester Bookings: David Prutton (foul, 35 mins)
Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Assistants: Kevin Johnson (Somerset) and Andy Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: Justin Amey (Dorset).
Attendance: 3,469 (including 104 Colchester supporters)