Match Details: 13/11/2010
Yeovil Town 1-3 Dagenham and Redbridge
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Andy Williams (45)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. John Sullivan, 3. Nathan Jones, 5. Paul Huntington, 7. Andy Williams, 9. Sam Williams, 10. Dean Bowditch, 11. Andy Welsh, 19. Adam Virgo, 20. Owain Tudur Jones, 21. Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala, 25. Shaun MacDonald
Subs: 4. Stefan Stam, 6. Nathan Smith, 16. Ed Upson, 17. Craig Calver, 18. Luke Freeman, 22. Ben Roberts, 24. Gavin Williams,
Substitutes Used: Gavin Williams for Andy Welsh (60 mins), Luke Freeman for Dean Bowditch (75 mins), Nathan Smith for Nathan Jones (88 mins)
Yeovil Town crashed to their fourth home league defeat of the season this afternoon, as they lost a 'six-pointer' against relegation rivals Dagenham and Redbridge to two late goals. For the seventh time this season, the Glovers conceded three or more goals in a League match, as Abu Ogogo and Medy Elito struck in the last 10 minutes to steal the points. Earlier in the match Will Antwi had opened the scoring for the visitors only for Andy Williams to equalise right on the stroke of half time. But Ogogo and Elito went on to have the last laugh to leave Yeovil marooned deep in the relegation zone in 23rd place.
Yeovil Town's team selection saw them list an unchanged starting line-up, with three big names coming in onto the bench after being absent in recent games. Gavin Williams, Stefan Stam and Nathan Jones provided a strong looking list of substitutes, but Glovers boss Terry Skiverton preferred to keep faith in the line-up that had won in the FA Cup at Rushden. Former Glover Gavin Tomlin was also on the bench in his first return to his old club since leaving in the summer.
It was a curious first half with both sides having periods of domination, only to find goals scored against the run of play in both cases. It was Yeovil who set off the best, having first two early chances, as Dean Bowditch and Shaun MacDonald put long range strikes over the bar. Their visitors were crowding midfield and looking to stifle Yeovil's play and it was only when the Glovers put the ball over the top that they got into space, with Andy Welsh breaking down the wing and his ball across the box inches away from connecting with Bowditch at the far post. The same striker sliced a shot wide of the target from inside the box when he had a great opportunity to score.
A crucial period of play saw Yeovil come inches away from scoring, only to let themselves down 60 seconds later at the other end. Shaun MacDonald had shot saved from six yards out by Daggers keeper Chris Lewington. From the parried save, Owain Tudur Jones saw Abu Agogo denying him on the goal line from a rebound, with Nathan Jones having a third attempt that went wide. But the Glovers were made to pay for that as Dagenham went down the other end, and forced a corner taken by Danny Green and met by Will Antwi in far too much free space, heading past John Sullivan and beating Nathan Jones on the goal post, whose attempt to clear the ball off the line merely landed the ball in the roof of the net. 0-1 down and harsh on the balance of play, but typical of the way that Yeovil have defended set pieces this season.
From that goal, it was Daggers that had their tails up, with Jon Nurse getting in a free header a minute later, whilst a Danny Green cross into the box almost found Nurse were it not for Paul Huntington intercepting with an outstretched boot. Yeovil were meanwhile looking a little bit sorry for themselves, getting outplayed and outnumbered in midfield, whilst Green tried audacious long range free kicks at John Sullivan's goal.
Just as it looked as though Yeovil were going to go in at the break a goal down, they got themselves a lifeline. Like the opening Daggers goal, it was scored against the run of play. Andy Williams had switched wings with Andy Welsh, and Dagenham's back line failed to pick him up, allowing Owain Tudur Jones a chance to thread the ball to him on the left flank, and he fired a left-footed shot into the top of the net to provide an equaliser with the last kick of the half.
The second period saw Sam Williams, who had a fairly quiet first period, grab three great chances to score. First he had a shot blocked by a defender for a corner, with Paul Huntington's header from the subsequent set piece being pushed off a goal post by the Daggers goalkeeper for another corner. Then keeper Chris Lewington saved brilliantly to deny a chance that Williams should have buried and that was followed by a header deflected wide.
At the other end chances were scarce, with Bas Savage delighting the jeering Yeovil crowd by blasting a shot wide of the target, and their only real concern was the extreme pace from Medy Elito who was introduced as a substitute. But the Glovers couldn't make their chances count, and it was Dagenham instead who were the clinical side, showing Yeovil how to make their chances count.
Full-back Abu Ogogo wasn't tracked down the flank, and as he shot from the angle, John Sullivan seemed to lose sight of the path of the ball, and the Daggers were ahead with just nine minutes remaining and for the third time in the game, a goal scored against the run of play.
As if to show up Yeovil's play during the match, Paul Huntington's header a couple of minutes later saw him hit the crossbar, but then with three minutes later, substitute Medy Elito capped his debut for the away side, by netting the fourth and decisive goal of the match, with the Glovers having left a few too many gaps in their back line. Game over.
Overall, the Glovers could have won the game themselves, with the number of chances they wasted throughout the whole 90 minutes. But when a side concedes three goals a game so many times in one season, they are going to lose games no matter how many chances they have at the other end, and manager Terry Skiverton needs to take a long look at why that is happening so often. Cut adrift by four points inside the relegation zone, and dropping to 23rd place in the table, if anyone hasn't worked out that this season is a true relegation battle, then they need to wake up and smell the coffee quickly.
Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Dagenham and Redbridge 3.
Scorers: Will Antwi (0-1, 18 mins), Andy Williams (1-1, 45 mins), Abu Ogogo (1-2, 81 mins), Medy Elito (1-3, 87 mins)
1. John Sullivan
21. Jean-Paul Kalala 19. Adam Virgo 5. Paul Huntington 3. Nathan Jones
7. Andrew Williams 25. Shaun MacDonald 20. Owain Tudur Jones 11. Andy Welsh
10. Dean Bowditch 9. Sam Williams
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 4. Stefan Stam 6. Nathan Smith (88 mins for Nathan Jones) 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 18. Luke Freeman (75 mins for Dean Bowditch) 24. Gavin Williams (60 mins for Andy Welsh)
Dagenham and Redbridge:
30. Chris Lewington
19. Abu Ogogo 5. Will Antwi 6. Mark Arber 3. Damien McCrory
7. Danny Green 14. Victor Palsson 18. Solomon Taiwo 16. Bas Savage
20. Romain Vincelot
9. Jon Nurse
27. David Hogan (GK) 8. Kayleden Brown 11. Gavin Tomlin 15. Damian Scannell 33. Peter Gain (68 mins for Jon Nurse) 17. Darren Currie 37. Medy Elito (55 mins for Victor Palsson)
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Dagenham Bookings: Romain Vincelot (84 mins, foul).
Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Surrey) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Andy Newell (Lancashire).
Attendance: 3,586 (including 125 Dagenham supporters)