Match Details: 03/09/2011
Tranmere Rovers 0-0 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Jed Steer, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Nathan Jones, 5. Paul Huntington, 8. Ed Upson, 9. Steve MacLean, 10. Gavin Williams, 11. Anthony Edgar, 14. Max Ehmer, 17. Alan O'Brien, 20. Paul Wotton,
Subs: 6. Dominic Blizzard, 12. Abdulai Bell-Baggie, 15. Kerrea Gilbert, 18. Kieran Agard, 23. Billy Gibson
Substitutes Used: Kieran Agard for Anthony Edgar (80 mins), Kerrea Gilbert for Alan O'Brien (90 mins)
Bookings: Luke Ayling (Foul, 48), Max Ehmer (Foul, 82)
Yeovil Town gained themselves a valuable away point against Tranmere Rovers this afternoon despite failing to score in a Prenton Park encounter where both sides lacked a cutting edge throughout. The home side were only particularly threatening from long range and set pieces, with Joss Labadie not afraid to shoot on sight. However, it was two one-on-ones from substitute Kieran Agard in the dying minutes that could have sealed the game, as both sides tried for the points, only to end up with a 0-0 draw.
The Glovers were forced to make two changes to their starting line-up - an ankle injury to Andy Williams put him out for six weeks on the treatment table, whilst Curtis Haynes-Brown carried out a one match suspension for a red card last weekend. On the plus side, Dominic Blizzard, Kerrea Gilbert and Kieran Agard were co-opted onto the bench following recent injuries even if they were significantly lacking match fitness.
Yeovil got off to a fairly bright start with shots from Alan O'Brien and Nathan Jones going wide of the target, whilst Gavin Williams sent a long distant attempt into the arms of home keeper Owain fon Williams. However, the opening half hour was one where Tranmere saw a little bit more of the goal, albeit with many of their attempts coming from distance, with Mustafa Tiryaki and Robbie Weir attempts going wide, and Joss Labadie seemingly adopting a shoot-on-sight policy anytime he got over the halfway line. Their best of the first half opportunities though, came when Ash Taylor wastefully put a free header over the bar. The longer the half went on, the more even those long range attempts fizzled out, and there wasn't an awful lot to get excited about at the break.
The second half started with more of the same, with another long range effort from home midfielder Joss Labadie threatening again. But as the game wore on, Yeovil began to threaten a bit more, with Anthony Edgar having an excellent half, with one attempt on goal spinning out for a corner as it took a deflection. Edgar then had another snapshot parried by Owain fon Williams, with Steve MacLean unable to convert the rebound. The Glovers even had a decent penalty shout, when a diving block by Tranmere midfielder John Welsh to stop a shot appeared to hit his arms, but referee Jock Waugh was largely letting the game flow without interruption throughout and decided to award a corner.
In the final ten minutes, Kieran Agard came on as a substitute as Yeovil changed to a 4-4-2, with Agard joining Steve MacLean up top, and it was during that phase that they had some of their best opportunities as the game got very stretched and a touch of nerves crept in. Agard broke clear in what looked to be a one-v-one but was cut out brilliantly by Rovers right-back David Raven just as he began to pull the trigger. But the best chance was fluffed somewhat as Agard broke clear again, and only needed to square the ball to Gavin Williams. Unfortunately he opted to shoot instead of passing, and a defender blocked the shot and the chance for Williams to have a pass into the net was lost.
The closing stages were a little fractious with first Gavin Williams and Mustafa Tiryaki squared up to each other, and then Steve MacLean got in a shouting match with another Tranmere player. Paul Huntington had to block on his own goal line to send the ball out for a corner as Tiryaki's header almost produced the winning goal, but all-in-all the draw was a reasonably fair result, and given the number of players out on the day, probably nothing to turn a nose up at. The Glovers rise one place in the League One table to 17th, thanks to Wycombe Wanderers having their match against Preston North End called off due to international call-ups.
Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Tranmere Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 0.
1. Owain Fon Williams
19. David Raven 5. Ian Goodison 12. Ash Taylor 16. David Buchanan
10. Robbie Weir 8. John Welsh 4. Joss Labadie 25. Martin Devaney
7. Enoch Showunmi 9. Mustafa Tiryaki
13. Andy Coughlin (GK) 2. Michael Kay 3. Zoumana Bakayogo (15 mins for Martin Devaney) 17. Lucas Akins (75 mins for Enoch Showumni) 20. Max Power
Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1):
1. Jed Steer
2. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 3. Nathan Jones
11. Anthony Edgar 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson 17. Alan O'Brien
10. Gavin Williams
9. Steven MacLean
6. Dominic Blizzard 12. Abdulai Bell-Baggie 15. Kerrea Gilbert (90 mins for Alan O'Brien) 18. Kieran Agard (80 mins for Anthony Edgar) 23. Billy Gibson
Tranmere Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Luke Ayling (48 mins, foul), Max Ehmer (82 mins, foul)
Referee: Jock Waugh (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire) and Anthony Tankard (South Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Richard Bartlett (Cheshire).