Match Details: 23/02/2013
Doncaster Rovers 1-1 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Paddy Madden (6)
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, 20. Joe Edwards, 22. Kevin Dawson
Subs: 4. Richard Hinds, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 7. Kwesi Appiah, 10. Gavin Williams, 12. Gareth Stewart, 15. Lewis Young, 16. Nathan Ralph,
Substitutes Used: Gavin Williams for James Hayter (56 mins), Nathan Ralph for Sam Foley (68 mins), Lewis Young for Jamie McAllister (89 mins)
Yeovil Town stretched their unbeaten League One run to nine games, but had to settle for a point as their run of consecutive league wins finally came to an end. Their 1-1 draw against fellow promotion candidates Doncaster Rovers saw them get off to a flyer, as Paddy Madden scored for the eighth consecutive match that he's played in, to clock up his 19th of the season. But Billy Paynter, who had earlier hit the post, netted right on the stroke of half time, to level the scores, and to keep the Glovers in 5th place in the League One table.
The Glovers went into the match selecting the same starting eleven for the fourth match running, with the unbeaten run making manager Gary Johnson's team selection an easy one. Before the game, striker James Hayter was presented with a commemorative plaque by the club he left over last summer, recognising his winning goal in the 2007-08 League One play-off final that gave Donny four years of Championship level football.
The game started on a bare hard looking pitch, showing very little grass, and not a lot of even bounce either. But the Glovers got off to a flyer just six minutes into the match as they took the lead. That man Paddy Madden netted from a Jamie McAllister free kick that home keeper Gary Woods tried to claim but drop, giving League One's leading goalscorer a chance to pounce for an easy goal - the eighth match in a row that he's played in where he's found the net.
The home side were somewhat rattled but they began to grow into the game, with Billy Paynter forcing Marek Stech to push the ball over the bar for a corner. They enjoyed the lion's share of the possession, but only really began to work themselves into the game during the 15 minutes leading up to half time when that possession began to turn into genuine chances.
It seemed though that striker Billy Paynter would be Doncaster's villain five minutes before half time when he missed a wide open chance. Yeovil's defence had gone to sleep at a throw-in, with James Husband able to get to the byline and put in a cross. From two yards out, Paynter couldn't miss ... except he did, as his header came back off the woodwork, and as the Glovers defence tried to block the rebound, James Coppinger sent the rebound over the bar.
If that was a huge let-off, then Billy Paynter redeemed himself right on the stroke of half time. James Husband shot from long distance, forcing Marek Stech to push the ball away for another Donny corner. From that set piece, former Bristol City player David Cotterill put the ball into the box, and once again the marking on Paynter wasn't good enough, as he planted a header past Stech - based on the growing pressure they deserved to go in level. The only smile on Glovers fans faces from that was spotting Cotterill goading the Glovers fans in the corner of the ground, only to trip over his own feet, fall over and end up looking a bit of a prat.
The second period began in a low key manner, albeit with Doncaster on top, but the Glovers had penalty appeals turned down when Tommy Spurr appeared to foul James Hayter in the box, leaving the striker down in the box in much pain. Referee Eddie Ilderton appeared to be missing a lot of incidents throughout the afternoon, and let play go on, meaning that Hayter had to rely upon the sportsmanship of Donny full-back Paul Quinn to stop play by booting the ball out. Hayter had to be stretchered off giving the Glovers a bit of concern as one of their key players failed to finish the game.
Hayter's replacement, Gavin Williams, could have won the Glovers the game in a half where they increasingly had to rely upon moves on the break. Big defender Rob Jones made a hash of a backpass, giving the Welshman a gift, but as he prepared to slot it past Gary Woods, he poked the shot wide of the target to keep the scores level.
But overall, Doncaster were the side more likely to grab a winner. Rob Jones put a header over the bar as the Glovers defence were a little too guilty of standing off the opposition in the second period. And they were a little lucky not to concede a penalty when Marek Stech went through Doncaster substitute David Syers to claim a loose ball, taking the man out in the process. But at least referee Eddie Ilderton was consistent in his lack of decisions on the day - once again giving nothing.
Six minutes of injury time was hard to work through with Jamie McAllister having hobbled off the field, having been nobbled somewhat by David Cotterill, landing on the deck and eventually having to be substituted as Nathan Ralph spent injury time playing in the left-back slot. Having lost two experienced players, a point away from home was not to be sniffed at in the end. During the day the Glovers briefly topped the League One table, but ended up back in fifth place - which probably most people would have taken at the start of the day.
Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Doncaster Rovers 1 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Paddy Madden (6 mins, 0-1), Billy Paynter (45 mins, 1-1)
33. Gary Woods 2. Paul Quinn 14. Tommy Spurr 16. Jamie McCombe 5. Rob Jones 12. John Lundstram 30. Paul Keegan 11. David Cotterill 3. James Husband 26. James Coppinger 8. Billy Paynter
13. Jon Maxted 18. Emile Sinclair 15. Liam Wakefield 6. David Syers (74 mins for John Lundstram) 23. Kyle Bennett (84 mins for Billy Paynter) 22. Cameron Howieson 17. Iain Hume (71 mins for James Husband)
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 20. Joe Edwards 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard 7. Kwesi Appiah 10. Gavin Williams (56 mins for James Hayter) 15. Lewis Young (89 mins for Jamie McAllister) 16. Nathan Ralph (68 mins for Sam Foley)
Doncaster Bookings: James Husband (foul, 44 mins), Paul Keegan (foul)
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Doncaster Match Statistics: Possession: 62%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 5.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 38%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 6; Fouls: 5.
Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Alan Clayton (Cheshire) and Barry Gordon (County Durham). Fourth Official: Jason Tyas (West Yorkshire).
Attendance: 6,356 (with 363 Yeovil supporters).