Match Details: 31/12/2011
Yeovil Town 1-3 AFC Bournemouth
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Paul Huntington (66)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Rene Gilmartin, 2. Luke Ayling, 4. Bondz N'Gala, 5. Paul Huntington, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 7. Andy Williams, 10. Gavin Williams, 14. Max Ehmer, 18. Kieran Agard, 29. Jonathan Obika, 37. Conor Clifford
Subs: 9. Steve MacLean, 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown, 21. Gavin Massey, 23. Billy Gibson, 24. Gareth Stewart,
Substitutes Used: Steve MacLean for Conor Clifford (40 mins), Gavin Massey for Kieran Agard (80 mins)
Bookings: Conor Clifford (Foul, 21), Dominic Blizzard (Foul, 67), Max Ehmer (Foul, 71), Bondz N'Gala (Foul, 83)
Yeovil Town went down to their eighth home defeat of the 2011-12 season this afternoon, as local rivals AFC Bournemouth gained a comfortable victory at Huish Park. First half goals from Steven Gregory and Wes Fogden made it far too easy for the Cherries, and although a Paul Huntington second half header briefly gave the Glovers some hope, the game was deservedly won through Charlie Daniels just eight minutes later as Yeovil finished 2011 in the bottom four, slipping another place in the League One table.
The Glovers went into the match having to make two changes to their starting line-up, with Ed Upson and Paul Wotton both suspended for two games over the New Year period. In came Kieran Agard and Conor Clifford, with a bit of formation shuffling; the midfield diamond got ditched for a 4-3-3 line-up, with Clifford asked to play the holding role, whilst Jonathan Obika provided the fulcrum of a three man attacking line-up.
The opening 45 minutes were awful from a Glovers point of view. They fell behind with just six minutes gone, as the Cherries dominated proceedings. Steven Gregory picked the ball up in the centre of midfield, and was able to breeze his way through the centre, firing home from 20 yards out to open up the scoring. 0-1 down and the worst possible start.
Things didn't get much better, with Bournemouth well on top during the first half, despite losing captain Adam Barrett to a hamstring injury midway through the half. They duly extended their lead 26 minutes into the half, when they forced a corner, and from Marc Pugh's delivery, Shaun MacDonald headed on, and the Glovers defence seemed to stand and admire Wes Fogden coming in to prod the ball home.
Yeovil's only high point of a poor first half was from a Gavin Williams free kick - his delivery found Bondz N'Gala, whose header struck the woodwork and came flying back out, with Darryl Flahaven perhaps getting a touch. All in all though, the Glovers were guilty of giving the ball away far too cheaply, whilst Bournemouth were over-running them in midfield throughout.
Conor Clifford's role as the holding midfielder just wasn't suiting him, and with him having been booked for a late foul on Marc Pugh after he'd given the ball away to the Cherries winger, he was replaced by Steve MacLean, heading straight down the tunnel five minutes before the break. In fairness to Clifford, he had cleared one effort off the line just before he was replaced - stopping Michael Symes from getting a third goal before the break.
The second period started marginally better, although with Bournemouth looking comfortable in what they were doing. At the other end Rene Gilmartin saved well from Wes Fogden, whilst Michael Symes had a couple of attempts that went wide. The Glovers did get themselves a lifeline though, with 66 minutes gone, as a Paul Huntington header pulled the game back within Yeovil's reach, from a Gavin Williams free kick. 1-2 and although not particularly deserved, it was game on.
For eight minutes, suddenly Bournemouth looked a bit edgy, and Yeovil had some attacking intent. But intent was all that it was, and they were still showing huge holes in midfield, despite switching to a 4-4-2 upon Steve MacLean's arrival. Bournemouth's left-back Charlie Daniels made a forward run, and then cut in from the flank, riding three or four tackles-that-weren't-tackles before firing home and restoring the visitors two goal advantage.
That was it. Game over, and in all honesty, Bournemouth could have created an embarrassing scoreline, with Michael Symes missing another great chance as his downward volley bounced over the crossbar. Then substitute Harry Arter, who replaced Shaun MacDonald to a generous applause, fired just wide of goal. In the final minute, Glovers substitute Gavin Massey almost grabbed a consolation, as he tried his luck from 20 yards, but the ball went just over the bar.
The defeat sees the Glovers slip a place in the League One table, and with eight home defeats in 13 matches this season, it's not too hard to work out where Terry Skiverton's side need to improve. There have been too many poor performances at Huish Park this season. Just as the Glovers were spirited and skillful against Charlton Athletic on Boxing Day, they were poor against the Cherries. But the end result was the same on both occasions, and a few changes need to be made to the current squad if Yeovil are to climb out of this.
Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 AFC Bournemouth 3.
Scorers: Steven Gregory (0-1, 6 mins), Wes Fogden (0-2, 26 mins), Paul Huntington (1-2, 66 mins), Charlie Daniels (1-3, 74 mins)
1. Rene Gilmartin
2. Luke Ayling 4. Bondz N'Gala 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer
6. Dominic Blizzard 37. Conor Clifford 10. Gavin Williams
7. Andrew Williams 29. Jonathan Obika 18. Kieran Agard
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 9. Steven MacLean (40 mins for Conor Clifford) 19. Curtis Haynes-Brown 21. Gavin Massey (80 mins for Kieran Agard) 23. Billy Gibson
23. Darryl Flahavan
18. Simon Francis 3. Steve Cook 5. Adam Barrett 11. Charlie Daniels
12. Wes Fogden 16. Shaun MacDonald 19. Stephen Purches 15. Steven Gregory 7. Marc Pugh
24. Michael Symes
1. Shwan Jalal (GK) (46 mins for Darryl Flahaven) 8. Harry Arter (72 mins for Shaun MacDonald) 14. Lyle Taylor 28. Warren Cummings 40. Stephane Zubar (20 mins for Adam Barrett)
Yeovil Bookings: Conor Clifford (21 mins, foul), Dominic Blizzard (67 mins, foul), Max Ehmer (71 mins, foul), Bondz N'Gala (83 mins, foul)
Bournemouth Bookings: None.
Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Andrew Rodda (Devon) and David Woolford (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Adam Hopkins (Devon).
Attendance: 5,632 (including 1,943 Bournemouth fans)