Match Details: 06/11/2012
Yeovil Town 1-3 Stevenage Borough
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Paddy Madden (6)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 3. Jamie McAllister, 5. Byron Webster, 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown, 9. James Hayter, 14. Sam Foley, 17. Paddy Madden, 18. Daniel Burn, 21. Korey Smith, 22. Joe Edwards, 25. Daniel Johnson
Subs: 2. Luke Ayling, 4. Richard Hinds, 10. Gavin Williams, 11. Reuben Reid, 12. Gareth Stewart, 20. Curtis Haynes-Brown,
Substitutes Used: Gavin Williams for Keanu Marsh-Brown (67 mins), Reuben Reid for James Hayter (68 mins)
Bookings: Daniel Johnson (Foul, 26), Gavin Williams (Foul, 87)
Yeovil Town slipped to their fourth home defeat of the 2012-13 season when they were out-fought by high-flying Stevenage. The Hertfordshire side moved up into second place in the League One table after winning 3-1 at Huish Park, thanks to an early Filipe Morais strike that was followed up by early second half goals from Lucas Akins and James Dunne. Yeovil had equalised through an excellent Paddy Madden volley, and had performed well during the first period, but degraded badly once the visitors retook the lead, allowing them to gain a comfortable win in the end.
The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up, with the three players who were excluded from the FA Cup match coming into the starting line-up, as Joe Edwards took up the right-back position, following an injury to Dominic Blizzard. The midfield pairing was Korey Smith and Daniel Johnson, with Ed Upson sitting out the first of a four match suspension, whilst Sam Foley was pushed back out wide, putting Gavin William back on the bench. The fourth change saw Byron Webster replace Richard Hinds at the back. On a technicality, Gozie Ugwu was the sixth loanee who did not feature in the matchday squad, although given he had only returned to training at Huish Park yesterday that was no surprise at all.
The start was nothing short of catastrophic as the visitors took the lead in the second minute. Byron Webster was caught in possession by Lucas Akins, who in turn fed James Dunne. The former Exeter City man then crossed the ball to Filipe Morais who fired home the opening goal. The Yeovil back line appealed for an offside flag from earlier in the move, but the goal stood.
Thankfully the reaction was swift. Sam Foley, who was now restored to his usual left-wing role, received a long pass from Byron Webster, and his ball into the box was volleyed home by Paddy Madden for the sixth goal of his loan spell with the Glovers. The Irishman had this week been awarded the Match magazine Player of the Month for October, and showed no sign of slowing down his strike rate, following Carlisle's surprise decision to allow his loan period to be extended.
Thereafter Yeovil really should have taken the game by the scruff of the neck, in the remainder of the second period. Looking very strong when in possession, with Korey Smith and Daniel Johnson pulling the midfield strings, they created a series of good chances that could have seen them enjoy a half time lead. Keanu Marsh-Brown saw his strike well saved by Steve Arnold, whilst James Hayter outpaced former Glover Bondz N'Gala to an over the top ball, only to get his final shot wrong. Then Paddy Madden had a shot deflected with Arnold just about getting his body on the ball as it went across him.
The second half should have been more of the same, but unfortunately the only thing it had in common with the first period was that we got another early Stevenage goal. Stevenage had introduced Marcus Haber as a half time substitute and he had an instant impact as his run and cross into the box saw Joe Edwards lose his footing, allowing Lucas Akins to take advantage, having the time and space to plant the ball into the bottom corner.
Stevenage extended their lead further just beyond the hour mark, when James Dunne got himself onto the scoresheet. The midfielder had only just been denied a chance of a goal, with Marek Stech saving, but there wasn't a lot the Czech Republic keeper could have done about Dunne's second attempt. The ball deflected off Daniel Johnson's outstretched leg, and the ball flew into the back of the net. 1-3 down, and a couple of sucker-punches turned the pattern of the game on its head.
Stevenage had previously won five out of their seven away fixtures this season, and so with that sort of record behind them, it was them who took control of the game, as Yeovil's players went into their shells, abandoning the good play of the first half. Boro began to dominate the midfield, Yeovil began to pump the ball longer and the quality of the game unravelled, not helped by some of the decisions made by referee Mark Brown and his linesmen whose performance created a continual heckling from the Huish Park crowd. All in all though, the game ended with a whimper, with the introduction of Gavin Williams and Reuben Reid not having a great deal of effect on proceedings in the closing stages - control of the game had gone and instead what had started so well, ended so frustratingly badly.
Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 3.
Scorers: Filipe Morais (0-1, 2 mins), Paddy Madden (1-1, 6 mins), Lucas Akins (1-2, 48 mins), James Dunne (1-3, 63 mins)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 25. Daniel Johnson 21. Korey Smith 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden
12. Gareth Stewart 2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams (67 mins for Keanu Marsh-Brown) 11. Reuben Reid (68 mins for James Hayter) 20. Curtis Haynes-Brown
1. Steve Arnold
2. David Gray 29. Bondz N'Gala 14. Mark Roberts 4. Darius Charles
6. Greg Tansey 7. Anthony Grant 8. James Dunne 10. Filipe Morais
11. Lucas Akins 24. Patrick Agyemang
16. Chris Day 3. Lee Hills 9. Marcus Haber (46 mins for Patrick Agyemang) 15. Luke Freeman 20. Robbie Rogers 23. Dani Lopez 25. Oliver Risser (88 mins for Filipe Morais)
Yeovil Bookings: Daniel Johnson (foul, 26 mins), Gavin Williams (foul, 87 mins)
Stevenage Bookings: None.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 3; Fouls: 13.
Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 8.
Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson (Somerset).
Attendance: 2,900 (including 79 Stevenage supporters).