Match Details: 02/10/2012
Yeovil Town 1-2 Portsmouth
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Reuben Reid (69)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 3. Jamie McAllister, 4. Richard Hinds, 5. Byron Webster, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown, 9. James Hayter, 11. Reuben Reid, 18. Daniel Burn, 22. Joe Edwards, 26. Korey Smith
Subs: 2. Luke Ayling, 10. Gavin Williams, 12. Gareth Stewart, 14. Sam Foley, 15. Lewis Young, 16. Nathan Ralph, 19. Gozie Ugwu,
Substitutes Used: Gozie Ugwu for James Hayter (46 mins), Lewis Young for Richard Hinds (46 mins), Nathan Ralph for Lewis Young (51 mins)
Bookings: Byron Webster (Foul, 77), Jamie McAllister (Foul, 86), Daniel Burn (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town crashed to their sixth consecutive defeat as they lost by the odd goal in three at Huish Park tonight, allowing Portsmouth the chance to leapfrog them in the League One table. An error-strewn first half saw Izale McLeod give Pompey the lead as he broke the offside trap, and with the same player having hit the woodwork it could have been worse by the break. A double substitution at half time saw the Glovers fight back, and they equalised from the penalty spot through Reuben Reid, after substitute Nathan Ralph had been felled in the box. But Gabor Gyepes grabbed a 2-1 win for the visitors, leaving Yeovil down in 16th place and now only two points off the relegation spots.
Gary Johnson once again rang the changes with four changes in the starting line-up and a formation change on top. Midfielder Ed Upson served a one match suspension, whilst Gavin Williams was deemed to be only just about fit enough to sit on the bench, having played the first hour of the match at Preston on Saturday, with Keanu Marsh-Brown coming in as an advanced midfielder. The other two changes were tactical, with Luke Ayling dropped from the right-back position, allowing Richard Hinds to come in as a centre-back in the three man defence, whilst James Hayter and Reuben Reid resumed their partnership up front.
The first half didn't really work for Yeovil. The three man defence was being pulled apart by Pompey's front line, with Wes Thomas and Izale McLeod closing them down persistently. On one occasion McLeod burst through with Marek Stech palming the ball onto the post, with the keeper just about about getting his hands on the rebound before Thomas could get the rebound. That respite though didn't last for long, with McLeod getting on the end of a ball over the top. The former Barnet striker finished confidently from 10 yards out to put Pompey 1-0 up and a lead they deserved on the early play.
Mistake followed mistake, with defenders and midfielders frequently losing possession, and Wes Thomas could have easily doubled the lead when he broke through, instead firing wide of the target on the half hour mark, albeit with the striker claiming that Marek Stech had touched it wide for a corner. At the other end, Yeovil chances were few and far between - Keanu Marsh-Brown sliced wide of the target, and later the same player was felled in the box under pressure from Wes Thomas, with replacement referee Chris Foy waving away the penalty appeals. But there was no doubt which side the opening 45 minutes belonged to.
Half time saw a double substitution for Yeovil, as they switched back to a 4-4-2 formation. Lewis Young and Gozie Ugwu replaced Richard Hinds and James Hayter, with Young going out onto the right-flank, whilst Keanu Marsh-Brown headed onto the opposite flank, whilst Gozie Ugwu partnered Reuben Reid up front. Immediately the team began to look more comfortable with what they had to deal with, but there was a major set-back when Young's presence on the pitch lasted just six minutes. Going in for a sliding tackle, he fell badly, appearing to suffer a bad knee injury that held play up for several minutes, with the winger lying on the sidelines for numerous further minutes before being stretchered off down the tunnel and heading off to hospital.
Nathan Ralph was introduced as a replacement, with Marsh-Brown swapping wings again, in a relatively improved second period - mainly because the Glovers were more successfully neutering the McLeod-Thomas domination of the first period. Ralph was responsible for getting his team back into the game, drawing a foul out of Pompey full-back Mustapha Dumbuya, as he touched the ball into the penalty box for an obvious spot kick. Up stepped Reuben Reid who grabbed his fourth goal of the season from 12 yards.
Although many of Yeovil's woes were self-inflicted, they weren't getting an awful lot of luck either, and they lost a second substitute when Gozie Ugwu began hobbling with a hamstring injury. The Reading loanee hobbled around knowing that all three substitutes had been used, but eventually he had to also disappear down the tunnel. Whilst he was a semi-passenger on the field, more questionable defending allowed Pompey to retake the lead - a ball bounced into the penalty box without a challenge, and Gabor Gyepes fired home.
Now down to ten men, and a goal down, Yeovil's finish to the match was pretty anonymous, and Pompey ran off with all three points fairly comfortably. Manager Gary Johnson now faces a headache of significant proportions. Having tried on frequent occasions lately to change formations and personnel, a fifth booking for Byron Webster means that he will have to reorganise his back line again, whilst the serious injury to Lewis Young implies a long spell on the sidelines for him, combined with the possibility of Gozie Ugwu needing some time on the treatment table. Yet Saturday's game against Colchester is massive for them - the Essex side just below them on goal difference, and just coming into some form since their change of management. The run of six defeats needs to be broken somehow - and fast.
Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Portsmouth 2.
Scorers: Izale McLeod (0-1, 13 mins), Reuben Reid (1-1, 69 mins), Gabor Gyepes (1-2, 79 mins)
Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Marek Stech
5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn
22. Joe Edwards 6. Dominic Blizzard 26. Korey Smith 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid
12. Gareth Stewart 2. Luke Ayling 10. Gavin Williams 14. Sam Foley 15. Lewis Young (46 mins for Richard Hinds) 16. Nathan Ralph (51 mins for Lewis Young) 19. Gozie Ugwu (46 mins for James Hayter)
1. Mikkel Andersen
2. Mustapha Dumbuya 20. Lubomir Michalik 16. Gábor Gyepes 22. Adam Webster
7. Lee Williamson 8. Brian Howard 18. Johannes Ertl 3. Jon Harley
14. Wes Thomas 9. Izale McLeod
13. Simon Eastwood 6. Liam Walker 11. Jack Compton 15. Jordan Obita (89 mins for Izale McLeod) 17. Akos Buzsaky 21. Ashley Harris (82 mins for Wes Thomas)
Yeovil Bookings: Byron Webster (foul, 77 mins), Jamie McAllister (foul, 86 mins), Dan Burn (foul, 90 mins)
Portsmouth Bookings: None.
Referee: Chris Foy (Lancashire). Assistants: Adrian Gillett (Buckinghamshire) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). Fourth Official: Adam Bromley (Devon).
Attendance: 4,769 (including 1,297 Portsmouth fans).