Match Details: 12/01/2013
Sheffield United 0-2 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Paddy Madden (49), Paddy Madden (66)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Jamie McAllister, 5. Byron Webster, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 14. Sam Foley, 17. Paddy Madden, 18. Daniel Burn, 19. Matthew Dolan, 22. Kevin Dawson
Subs: 4. Richard Hinds, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 10. Gavin Williams, 11. Reuben Reid, 12. Gareth Stewart, 16. Nathan Ralph,
Substitutes Used: Dominic Blizzard for Matthew Dolan (80 mins)
Bookings: Matthew Dolan (Foul, 22), Sam Foley (Foul, 42)
Yeovil Town gained one of their biggest wins at League One level this afternoon, as they defeated Sheffield United on their own patch. Having lost every previous meeting against the Blades, it was yet another Paddy Madden double that did the damage, as he netted his 10th and 11th goals for the Glovers, during a dramatic second half performance that ensured that his side became only the second team to win at Bramall Lane this season.
The Glovers went into the match making three changes to the line-up that had gone out of the Football League Trophy. All three were tactical, with striker Paddy Madden, and new midfielders Kevin Dawson and Matthew Dolan being brought into the starting line-up. Richard Hinds, Gavin Williams and Dominic Blizzard made way, dropping to the bench, whilst Dan Burn was moved to centre-back, Jamie McAllister dropped into his usual full-back slot, whilst Sam Foley dropped into the left wing position.
The first half was a fairly scrappy one, not helped by the Bramall Lane pitch being of dreadful quality, with the ball permanently bobbling around on an uneven pitch. Equally referee David Phillips wasn't helping the game flow, seemingly half a yard behind play and with his first half decision-making a frustration - particularly when he stopped Yeovil from taking a quick free kick because he wanted to exercise a finger-wagging at the Blades offender - no booking - instead of letting the game flow.
When it did flow, Yeovil almost opened the scoring, as Paddy Madden took advantage of a dreadful Harry Maguire header back to his goalkeeper. Really the Irishman should have scored from that chance, but he placed his attempt wide of the far post. At the other end, the home side were wasteful, with their attempts largely flying well over the target and into the Kennedy Kop end of the ground. Gradually though it was Yeovil that grew into the game, with the Blades defence struggling to cope with the running of Sam Foley and Madden, whilst Kevin Dawson and Matt Dolan were putting in decent performances on their debuts.
Four minutes into the second period, the Glovers took the lead to surprise the third-placed Blades. Byron Webster stayed in the penalty box from a Jamie McAllister free kick, and when the loose ball was put back into the box, Webster found Paddy Madden in space, and his angled drive from around ten yards out was slotted into the far right hand corner for a precious 1-0 lead.
At this point Yeovil perhaps panicked a bit and got a touch of vertigo at the dizzy heights they were now occupying. Sheffield United, who had rarely threatened Marek Stech's goal before, forced the Glovers immediately onto the back foot from kick-off, and there was a five minute period where the play was barely out of the Yeovil penalty box. Marek Stech made a flying save from a Nick Blackman attempt, as his team struggled to clear their lines.
But just as in the first half, the Blades presented Paddy Madden with another gifted opportunity and on 66 minutes, he didn't disappoint. Danny Higginbotham's backpass was ill-advised on such a poor pitch, but even then goalkeeper George Long seemed to have an eternity to gain control of the ball. Madden charged down the loose ball and intercepted before rolling it into an empty net from close range to double Yeovil's lead.
If the Glovers had perhaps played like mice after the first goal, frightened at what they were holding onto, then after the second strike they played like giants. Byron Webster, Dan Burn and Jamie McAllister looked masterful and assured as the Blades attempted to find a way through the Yeovil penalty box. That Marek Stech had to make few saves during the closing stages is immense credit to their hard work - one Burn block in particular was both brave and brilliant.
The home fans began their migration towards the exits, recognising that the longer the game went on, the more assured Yeovil looked, professionally running down the clock in the way that any opposition supporter would hate, but anyone in the Bramall Lane Lower Tier heartily applauded. The final whistle blew, and the players and Gary Johnson ran for a joyous celebrating at the away end, with the home sections having long since emptied to a chorus of boos. One point off the play-off places, and with the biggest team in the division beaten on their own patch - undoubtedly a highlight of the season so far.
Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Sheffield United 0 Yeovil Town 2.
Scorers: Paddy Madden (0-1, 49 mins), Paddy Madden (0-2, 66 mins)
25. George Long
29. Tony McMahon 5. Harry Maguire 4. Danny Higginbotham 30. Marcus Williams
10. Nick Blackman 8. Michael Doyle 11. Kevin McDonald 7. Ryan Flynn
14. Dave Kitson 23. Jamie Murphy
35. Danny Coyne 17. Richard Cresswell (74 mins for Dave Kitson) 22. Danny Philliskirk (89 mins for Marcus Williams) 24. Joe Ironside (62 mins for Ryan Flynn) 27. Elliott Whitehouse 33. Aaron Barry 2. Darryl Westlake
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 19. Matthew Dolan 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard (80 mins for Matthew Dolan) 10. Gavin Williams 11. Reuben Reid 16. Nathan Ralph
Sheffield United Bookings: Tony McMcMahon (44 mins, foul), Harry Maguire (90 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Matt Dolan (22 mins, foul), Sam Foley (42 mins, foul)
Sheffield United Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 9; Fouls: 12.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 18.
Referee: David Phillips (West Sussex). Assistants: Kevin Mattocks and Nigel Murphy. Fourth Official: Paul Graham (Manchester).
Attendance: (20,454 including 254 Yeovil supporters).