Match Details: 15/02/2011
Yeovil Town 0-2 Peterborough United
npower League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 5. Paul Huntington, 6. Nathan Smith, 7. Andy Williams, 8. Luke Ayling, 9. Sam Williams, 12. Oli Johnson, 13. Stephen Henderson, 14. Max Ehmer, 16. Ed Upson, 18. Andrew Tutte, 20. Paul Wotton,
Subs: 1. Richard Martin, 2. Craig Alcock, 15. Alex Russell, 17. Craig Calver, 19. Adam Virgo, 21. Antonio German, 23. Billy Gibson
Substitutes Used: Alex Russell for Sam Williams (77 mins), Antonio German for Oli Johnson (84 mins), Adam Virgo for Ed Upson (87 mins)
Bookings: Luke Ayling (Dissent, 65)
Yeovil Town went down to their third consecutive defeat tonight as two late goals saw them lose out to Peterborough United. Having held plenty of possession during the night at Huish Park, it was Posh who eventually showed everyone what to do with it, as substitute Grant McCann became the provider for both goals - a typical Craig Mackail-Smith finish that was added to by a late Grant Basey goal from a corner.
Team selection was a straight-forward one with Dean Bowditch and Andy Welsh still ruled out through injury. That meant that manager Terry Skiverton selected the exact same starting line-up, formation and substitutes that had lost 2-1 at Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday. Nathan Jones was restored to the dugout after serving an unannounced one match touchline ban on Saturday. Former Glover Arron Davies sat on the Posh bench and did not get as far as the pitch.
The Glovers started well during the first 15 minutes in what was to transpire to be their best spell of the game. An Andy Williams cross found Sam Williams whose shot sliced off the outside of his right boot as he slid in to finish, and then Andrew Tutte tried to follow in the rebound. Next Andy Williams tried to take advantage of a poor Gabriel Zakuani back header, getting to the loose ball first and trying to lift it over Joe Lewis, but at 6'6" Lewis wasn't to be beaten. The Glovers were firing longish balls up the channel to try to put Posh's full-backs under pressure. Oli Johnson forced Lewis into a strong save, in which he parried the ball clear and away from any chance of a Glovers player getting a rebound, and it was so far, so good.
It took Peterborough 21 minutes to knock up anything of note, with Lee Tomlin's attempt easy for Stephen Henderson. But with that Yeovil's throughput behind the Posh defence started to dry up a little, as if the visitors had weathered the storm a bit. The play wasn't being helped by referee Gavin Ward's overly fussy approach to insisting things were exactly as he wanted them to be, rather than letting the game flow.
Neither side managed to contribute much to the rest of a half in which Yeovil kept plenty of possession, but really only a George Boyd free kick that was blocked by the wall, and a Paul Wotton free kick that also clipped off the wall disturbing either back line with neither keeper particularly bothered from that early flurry.
Into the second half, and Posh opened up the better, as a well struck Lee Tomlin half-volley flew through a crowd of players, only to find Stephen Henderson alert and able to save. Then a minute later, Craig Mackail-Smith's header went over the bar, as Nathan Smith put him under pressure, blocking him out.
The sparse Huish Park crowd of 3,351 - their second smallest since entering the Football League - were up in arms when Gabriel Zakuani cynically hauled back Andy Williams in full flow, and referee Gavin Ward produced an obligatory card - Luke Ayling demanded that a red be shown, and instead got himself a yellow with Zakuani for dissent. Paul Wotton's subsequent free kick inadvertently produced Yeovil's first proper chance of the second half, as Joe Lewis made a meal of catching the ball, spilling it into the path of Max Ehmer, but sadly no-one was alert to the unexpected chance, and Ehmer's snatched shot went wide.
George Boyd drove a shot across the face of Stephen Henderson that the goalkeeper saved, and that was quickly followed up by substitute Nathaniel Mendez-Laing firing over the bar, with Posh now creating the majority of the chances, even if the Glovers were the ones holding the lion's share of the possession. It's what you do with it that counts.
The usual round of substitutions saw both sides try to shake things up. The most significant introduction for Posh was playmaker Grant McCann, who has been left out of their side since being on international duty last week. Meanwhile Antonio German got just six minutes for the Glovers home fans to see what he was capable off, and almost immediately he was watching his temporary side go a goal down, as McCann's threaded ball allowed Craig Mackail-Smith to squeeze between both Glovers centre-backs, outdoing Paul Huntington, who went to ground to make the tackle, and then finishing in the confident style that has made him such a sought-after goalscorer - right into the corner of the net.
Yeovil made an immediate tactical change, bringing on Adam Virgo for Ed Upson, and switching to a 3-5-2 formation. Not a lot of opportunity was allowed to see what that might achieve, when that man Grant McCann supplied the second - his corner taking a deflection across a crowd of players in the box before Grant Basey got in on the end of it, to double Posh's lead and to effectively end the game.
Four minutes of injury time were largely irrelevant, with the Glovers not really having threatened Posh's goal during the second period bar that one Joe Lewis error. Grant McCann's introduction onto the field of play in the end proved to be the turning point - creating enough to make the quality of supply rise above the quantity of possession enjoyed by the Glovers. Three consecutive defeats then, and a drop down to 20th in the table. A nervous 10 days without football awaits the Glovers now, and they need to turn things around quickly to avoid their hard work in January being undone by being edged out in too many games during February. Tranmere Rovers away in 10 days time is now looking like a huge game.
Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 2.
Scorers: Craig Mackail-Smith (85 mins, 0-1), Grant Basey (88 mins, 0-2)
Yeovil Town (4-4-1-1):
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
18. Andrew Tutte 16. Edward Upson 20. Paul Wotton 9. Sam Williams
12. Oli Johnson
7. Andrew Williams
1. Richard Martin (GK) 2. Craig Alcock 15. Alex Russell (77 mins for Sam Williams) 17. Craig Calver 19. Adam Virgo (87 mins for Ed Upson) 21. Antonio German (84 mins for Oli Johnson) 23. Billy Gibson
1. Joe Lewis
2. Mark Little 16. Ryan Bennett 5. Gabriel Zakuani 27. Grant Basey
10. George Boyd 6. Charlie Lee 14. Tommy Rowe 7. James Wesolowski
12. Craig Mackail-Smith 24. Lee Tomlin
28. Paul Jones (GK) 3. Tom Kennedy 4. Kelvin Langmead 9. David Ball (83 mins for Lee Tomlin) 11. Grant McCann (59 mins for Tommy Rowe) 21. Arron Davies 19. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (63 mins for James Wesolowski)
Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (dissent, 65 mins)
Peterborough Bookings: Charlie Lee (foul, 29 mins), Ryan Bennett (foul, 45 mins), Gabriel Zakuani (foul, 65 mins), Lee Tomlin (foul)
Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Colin Lymer (Surrey) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). Fourth Official: Chris Powell (Dorset).
Attendance: 3,351 (including 154 Peterborough fans)