Match Details: 21/08/2012
Brentford 1-3 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: James Hayter (23), James Hayter (80), Own Goal (84)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Jamie McAllister, 4. Richard Hinds, 5. Byron Webster, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 11. Reuben Reid, 14. Sam Foley,
Subs: 12. Gareth Stewart, 15. Lewis Young, 16. Nathan Ralph, 19. Gozie Ugwu, 20. Curtis Haynes-Brown
Substitutes Used: Lewis Young for Sam Foley (68 mins), Nathan Ralph for Keanu Marsh-Brown (69 mins), Gozie Ugwu for Reuben Reid (77 mins)
Bookings: Richard Hinds (Foul, 48), Byron Webster (Foul, 52), Luke Ayling (Foul, 73)
Yeovil Town grabbed a valuable three points at Griffin Park tonight, when they grabbed two late goals to sink the Bees on their own patch. A brace from James Hayter gave him his first goals for the Glovers as he converted once in each half, and although Clayton Donaldson equalised during a more impressive spell from the home side, it was Yeovil who came out of the game happy as Hayter got his second, quickly followed by Lewis Young's shot being turned into his own net by Brentford defender Tony Craig. However, those four goals alone didn't tell the full tail of a pulsating match as Glovers keeper Marek Stech pulled off a stunning first half save, and stopped a penalty that would have given the Bees the lead at a critical point in the match.
The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up. Reading loanee Gozie Ugwu has been playing in a slightly unfamiliar right-wing position, and he had to be subbed on Saturday after he was the victim of a poor foul. Both factors may have been on manager Gary Johnson's mind when he chose to swap Ugwu for Keanu Marsh-Brown, with the same sixteen being used overall. Gavin Williams (calf muscle) and Rohan Ince (shin) were both left out, although Gavin's appearance at the match, wearing shorts and sitting in the dugout suggests that he is getting close to a return.
First half saw Yeovil attacking the end filled with a noisy 219 travelling supporters, and they saw some early action when Reuben Reid flashed a ball on the half volley across the face of the Brentford goal, whilstling the shot wide by a foot or so. Reid then put James Hayter through on goal with keeper Simon Moore saving well, but an offside thwarting the move anyway. It took the Bees around 15 minutes to get into their stride, although when they did, they really should have been ahead, and would have been were it not for the brilliance of Marek Stech. His outstretched save to his left from a rasping Adam Forshaw drive was top drawer, with the home fans behind that goal leaping in celebration until they realised that the Czech Republic keeper had somehow kept the ball out.
That save was to be crucial, as the Glovers took the lead midway through the half. Their chasing down of Brentford's back four was making the home defence somewhat edgy. Defender Tony Craig played a woeful ball across his own box which his centre-back partner Leon Legge had no hope of getting to. Instead Sam Foley grabbed possession and delivered a looping cross back across the goal, leaving the Bees defence entirely out of shape, and allowing James Hayter the chance to slide in from close range and open the scoring. 1-0 up and on the balance of play fully deserved.
Brentford came back a little in the closing stages of the first half, even if their final ball was lacking. A cross by Clayton Donaldson was a touch too deep, whilst Marek Stech emphatically punched out a Sam Saunders free kick as Yeovil's defence were put under pressure, sometimes with questionable positioning as they tried to recover their ground in times when their team-mates lost possession. However, overall this was a good 45 minutes worth of football with the lead fully deserved.
The opening part of the second half was a mirror image of the first - Brentford appeared to have done a bit of tactical work during the half time break, and set out on the front foot, leaving Yeovil wobbling. Bookings for Richard Hinds after he blocked off his man, Byron Webster for a late tackle, and Luke Ayling for one out on the flank showed how much pressure they were being put under. The Bees would have been level were it not for Clayton Donaldson kindly getting in the way of a team-mate's shot - in doing so he deflected the goalbound attempt wide of the post.
Minutes later though, Clayton Donaldson got on the scoresheet himself, as the warning signs came to fruition. James Hayter lost possession on the halfway line, Toumani Diagouraga ran through down the left flank and slipped the ball through to Donaldson. The striker shaped up and fired across Marek Stech, with the ball striking the inside of the post, and into the back of the net. 1-1 and on the ten minutes of the second half, there could be few complaints.
The Brentford pressure continued, with Luke Ayling needing to dig one out from under the foot of the far post as his team struggled to defend from corners. And it looked as though the home side were about to take the lead as they got themselves a penalty - awarded after a long ball up field struck the arm of Byron Webster. Even if it appeared to roll across him, the linesman flagged it as a deliberate offence. But striker Paul Hayes, on his Brentford debut, found his penalty kick well saved by Marek Stech diving down to his left to keep the scores level.
Just as Stech's first half save came at a crucial time, the same happened in the second period. A minute before the spot kick, Gary Johnson had made a double substitution, introducing Lewis Young and Nathan Ralph to freshen things up. That combined with the lift from the save appeared to push Yeovil back on the offensive for the first time in the half. Ed Upson fired wide of the post, and ninutes later the Bees defence failed to clear their lines properly - as a threaded ball into the box caught them flat footed. The loose ball fell to James Hayter on the edge of the box, and he swept it home into the corner of the net to put the Glovers 2-1 up - a little against the run of play in terms of the half overall.
The match was sealed substitute Lewis Young charged his way down the right wing four minutes later, and whipped in a dangerous cross. Defender Tony Craig had dropped the clanger for the opening goal, and his night of misery was completed as he smashed Young's cross into his own net to seal a 3-1 win for Yeovil, and to spark a mass exodus of Bees fans who decided to head off home. Those who stayed booed their team off at the end - possibly a little harsh given that there were a couple of key moments when they could have got a clear foothold in the game. Whilst Hayter will grab the headlines, the two Marek Stech saves were hugely influential in the outcome of the match and should not be forgotten in the final assessment of what was a great win and a great night of football.
Link: 2012-13 Season Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 3.
Scorers: James Hayter (23 mins, 0-1), Clayton Donaldson (55 mins, 1-1), James Hayter (80 mins, 1-2), Tony Craig (84 mins, own goal, 1-3)
21. Simon Moore
14. Shaleum Logan 5. Tony Craig 32. Leon Legge 3. Scott Barron
7. Sam Saunders 8. Jonathan Douglas 4. Adam Forshaw 20. Toumani Diagouraga
9. Clayton Donaldson 10. Farid El Alagui
1. Richard Lee 2. Kevin O'Connor 15. Stuart Dallas 18. Ryan Fredericks 19. Harry Forrester (68 mins for Toumani Diagouraga) 23. Paul Hayes (67 mins for Sam Saunders) 26. Leon Redwood
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid
19. Gozie Ugwu (77 mins for Reuben Reid) 12. Gareth Stewart 15. Lewis Young (68 mins for Sam Foley) 16. Nathan Ralph (69 mins for Keanu Marsh-Brown) 20. Curtis Haynes-Brown
Brentford Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Richard Hinds (48 mins, foul), Byron Webster (52 mins, foul), Luke Ayling (73 mins, foul)
Brentford Match Statistics: Possession: 64%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 8; Fouls: 10.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 36%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 9; Fouls: 15.
Referee: Carl Berry (Surrey). Assistants: Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire) and Wade Norcott (Essex). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).
Attendance: 5,269 (including 218 Yeovil supporters)