Match Details: 01/01/2013
Yeovil Town 3-0 Leyton Orient
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Paddy Madden (41), James Hayter (59), Paddy Madden (74)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Jamie McAllister, 4. Richard Hinds, 5. Byron Webster, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 10. Gavin Williams, 17. Paddy Madden, 18. Daniel Burn,
Subs: 11. Reuben Reid, 12. Gareth Stewart, 14. Sam Foley, 19. Gozie Ugwu, 24. Mitch Brundle
Substitutes Used: Reuben Reid for Jamie McAllister (77 mins), Sam Foley for Gavin Williams (79 mins), Gozie Ugwu for James Hayter (83 mins)
Yeovil Town got 2013 off to a perfect start this afternoon, as clinical finishing from their strike force got them all three points against Leyton Orient. The 3-0 win over former manager Russell Slade's side came as striker Paddy Madden scored a goal in each half in the final match of his loan period before becoming a permanent transfer in the January transfer window. In between his partner James Hayter clocked up his 10th goal of the season on the hour mark, to lift the Glovers up to 9th place in the League One table, and to give them the psychological edge ahead of next week's Football League Trophy tie at Brisbane Road.
The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged starting line-up, with only one change on the bench. Attacking midfielder Sam Foley was the man to come into the squad, having recovered sufficiently from a hamstring strain to sit on the bench, meaning that Under-18s midfielder Will Agbo dropped out of the squad. Otherwise the paper-thin squad was maintained, with manager Gary Johnson having failed in his plans to bring in emergency loan signings on New Year's Eve - Matthew Dolan's tonsillitis having seen him return to Middlesbrough instead.
The first half took a great deal of time to warm up, both in terms of the number of chances being created on the field, and in the volume of noise off the field, as if a few in the crowd were nursing hangovers. They all woke up on 15 minutes when a wide ball into the box saw Paddy Madden's header crash off the underside of the crossbar, with James Hayter's attempt to bag the rebound seeing him blown up for a foul on visiting keeper and former Glovers trialist Jamie Jones.
But overall this game was a bit of a slow burner. Ed Upson fired wide, and Paddy Madden put one over the bar. Then Madden broke through the Orient defence, but tried to pass the ball through to James Hayter when a shot might have been a wiser decision - instead an Orient defender got a boot in to intercept the attempt. Byron Webster put a header wide from a Gavin Williams free kick, making it fairly obvious which side was creating the majority of the efforts on goal, even if the game at times was rather low key.
Orient took 35 minutes to get near Marek Stech - as a Ben Chorley header forced Marek Stech to make a save down to his left, but five minutes later Yeovil got themselves ahead as both strikers combined well. James Hayter broke through the visiting side's defence, and instead of shooting himself, he cleverly pulled the ball back to Paddy Madden to allow the Irishman to confidently place the ball into the corner of the net for a thoroughly deserved half time lead. Madden could have even extended that before the whistle blew as Jamie Jones saved from him again, but the single goal advantage was not to be sniffed at.
Like the first half, the second one took a little bit of time to warm up, with Orient having made their own tactical change at the break, swapping over their right-flank players Moses Odubajo and Lloyd James. They began to press a little bit more, albeit without creating too many chances. However, the crucial goal came at the other end, as a great piece of refereeing allowed Yeovil to double their lead. Dominic Blizzard had been blocked off the ball, causing the linesman to wave his flag for a foul. But with Gavin Williams still in possession, referee Simon Hooper waved play-on, allowing the Welshman to put in a cross for James Hayter to convert his 10th goal of the season from close range.
To be fair to Orient, they didn't give up on that goal. A further substitution saw Scott Cuthbert come on for Martin Rowlands, with Cuthbert switching to right-back and Lloyd James moving for the second time in the match as he occupied a central midfield slot. Winger Dean Cox, who has been a thorn in Yeovil's side for both Orient and Brighton, was given too much space to weave in from the flank, but Stech was equal to it. Then came what was Orient's big moment as Lloyd James beat Marek Stech, only to find Dan Burn perfectly placed to block the ball on the goal line.
So what could have been 2-1, very quickly became 3-0. Burn's clearance up field resulted in Orient captain Ben Chorley trying to turn the ball back to his own goalkeeper. Chorley's hit was woefully under-paced, allowing Paddy Madden the chance to accept a belated Christmas gift, running through and firing the ball under the advancing Jamie Jones. A three goal advantage, and game firmly over, as Madden grabbed his 10th goal of the season, and his 9th in Yeovil colours.
With the game now won, Gary Johnson sensibly used the closing period to give some of his elder statesmen a rest of their legs during a heavy Christmas period. One by one, Gavin Williams, Jamie McAllister and James Hayter were brought off to rapturous applause, as Sam Foley, Reuben Reid and Gozie Ugwu replaced them, with Reid occupying the right-wing and Foley the left. Reid himself could have added another when he forced Jamie Jones to save with his legs to keep it down to a three goal win.
Orient will be glad that Madden will be cup-tied for next week's Football League Trophy cup tie, whilst their top scorer and talisman Kevin Lisbie will face a race to recover from the shoulder injury that put him out of today's match. So next week will doubtless be a different proposition at Brisbane Road, but the Glovers will go into it with their tails up, following a highly successful Christmas campaign that has seen them grab three wins out of four, and even lifts them up to 9th in the League One table.
Link: 2012-12 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Leyton Orient 0.
Scorers: Paddy Madden (41 mins, 1-0), James Hayter (59 mins, 2-0), Paddy Madden (74 mins, 3-0)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 4. Richard Hinds 18. Daniel Burn
10. Gavin Williams 8. Ed Upson 6. Dominic Blizzard 3. Jamie McAllister
17. Paddy Madden 9. James Hayter
12. Gareth Stewart 11. Reuben Reid (77 mins for Jamie McAllister) 14. Sam Foley (79 mins for Gavin Williams) 19. Gozie Ugwu (83 mins for James Hayter) 24. Mitch Brundle
1. Jamie Jones
17. Moses Odubajo 4. Ben Chorley 6. Mathieu Baudry 2. Leon McSweeney
23. Lloyd James 22. Martin Rowlands 8. Anthony Griffith 7. Dean Cox
26. Ryan Brunt 39. Dave Mooney
16. Ryan Allsop 5. Scott Cuthbert (64 mins for Martin Rowlands) 10. Michael Symes (79 mins for David Mooney) 11. Jimmy Smith 20. Afolabi Obafemi (70 mins for Ryan Brunt) 21. Lee Cook 27. Alex Smith
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Leyton Orient Bookings: Afolabi Obafemi (ungentlemanly conduct).
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 2; Fouls: 16.
Leyton Orient Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.
Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).
Attendance: 3,516 (including 191 Leyton Orient supporters).