Match Details: 19/03/2013
Yeovil Town 0-2 Swindon Town
npower League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Jamie McAllister, 5. Byron Webster, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 10. Gavin Williams, 17. Paddy Madden, 18. Daniel Burn, 20. Joe Edwards, 22. Kevin Dawson
Subs: 6. Dominic Blizzard, 7. Jordan Cook, 12. Gareth Stewart, 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko, 15. Lewis Young, 19. Ben Gordon, 21. Wes Fletcher,
Substitutes Used: Ben Gordon for Jamie McAllister (49 mins), Jordan Cook for Gavin Williams (61 mins), Lewis Young for Kevin Dawson (80 mins)
Bookings: Gavin Williams (Foul, 1), Kevin Dawson (Foul, 43), Jamie McAllister (Foul, 47), Daniel Burn (Foul, 69)
Yeovil Town crashed to their first home League One defeat for over four months tonight, as two second half goals saw promotion rivals Swindon Town deseredly triumph in front of the Sky Sports cameras. After a fairly een first period that lacked clear-cut chances, the game turned on a 77th minute foul by Marek Stech that saw Adam Rooney convert from the penalty spot. The salt was rubbed into the wounds six minutes into injury time when substitute James Collins doubled Swindon's lead with the last kick of the game, to send the Glovers out of the play-offs by the narrowest of margins.
The Glovers went into the match making one change to the team that drew 2-2 against Crawley Town seven days previously. Chelsea loanee Ben Gordon was shuffled out onto the bench, replaced by Gavin Williams on the left wing. On the bench there was space for two new signings, with Brighton & Hove Albion left-back Vitalijs Maksimenko and Charlton Athletic striker Jordan Cook given their first time in Yeovil colours, as Nathan Ralph and Richard Hinds were left entirely out of the squad, along with Sam Foley, whose hip injury continued to keep him out despite an afternoon fitness test.
The first half was a fairly scrappy one in which both sides carved out chances, but in all honesty not too many that truly tested the two goalkeepers. Joe Edwards managed to lob the Swindon Town goalkeeper Wes Foderingham but also cleared the crossbar, whilst James Hayter got underneath the ball when hitting it on the volley, catching it firmly and cleanly, but putting the Swindon fans behind the goal in greater danger than the back of the net.
At the other end, Swindon were finding it just as hard to get a foothold in a game where although the pitch looked good on kick-off, was soft under-foot and very quickly began to show huge divots in its surface. Marek Stech saved easily from Andy Williams, and then had little problem collecting Adam Rooney's scuffed effort after he was crowded out by the covering Dan Burn. Defender Darren Ward, who scored in the reverse fixture did mnage to get himself room to shoot in the lead-up to the break but fired wide of the target. 0-0 at half time rather summed it up, with neither side managing to really get going.
The second period opened up with Jamie McAllister collecting his 10th booking of the season - one of nine yellow cards dished our by referee Keith Stroud on the night. Some were deserved, but others showed the Hampshire official a little too eager to get involved. That was McAllister's last action of the game with signs that his reason for fouling was down to his inability to properly tackle on his problematic ankle. He was replaced by Ben Gordon, and is now expected to miss the next two matches through suspension.
When McAllister has gone off in previous games, or been unavailable for selection, Yeovil's record without their captain has been catastrophic. There was an immediate warning sign as Gary Roberts got the ball in the back of the net, albeit with the whistle having long since gone for a foul by Darren Ward in the build-up. But Swindon began to find gaps in the Yeovil defence that they hadn't found before - Andy Williams hadn't threatened a lot during the match against his former club until this point, but his weaving dancing run looked as though it might end in a wonder goal until Dan Burn's block snuffed him out inside the penalty box.
Marek Stech was then forced to make an athletic save as he palmed away Adam Rooney's flicked shot on the near post, with Byron Webster blocking the follow-up shot. Alan McCormack then shot over the bar as the visitors pressurised. At the other end Yeovil were trying to counter-attack, but Swindon's Nathan Thompson was putting in a master-class performance, snuffing out Paddy Madden on a number of occasions when the Irishman threatened to burst through. That Ed Upson's long range attempt was Yeovil's first proper second half attempt 25 minutes into the second period showed how much the visitors were in control. At the other end, James Collins had come on as a substitute, and he forced Marek Stech to dive low down to his right, with a now nervous Yeovil defence being hesitant as the ball came back out until Luke Ayling hacked the ball away.
Then with 13 minutes remaining came the moment that broke the deadlock, as a long ball up field was given for Gary Roberts to chase. The former Huddersfield Town man toe poked the ball forward just as Marek Stech came to the edge of his box to claim, resulting in the goalkeeper barging into the winger for a fairly academic penalty decision by referee Keith Stroud. Up stepped former Yeovil Town loanee Adam Rooney to fire the spot kick home and give the Wiltshire side a crucial advantage.
Lewis Young was immediately introduced as a substitute for the final ten minutes and his pace immediately injected a spark into the Glovers attacking intentions. He was rudely taken out on the wing by Jay McEveley's elbow which continued to rack up the yellow card count. Despite throwing the numbers forward, and five minutes of injury time being signalled, it was instead the opposition that grabbed the second and crucial goal. Swindon had played the long ball on the poor quality pitch far more intelligently than their hosts, and with gaps in a Glovers back line that had pushed up for the equaliser, Alan McCormack combined with substitute James Collins who fired through the body of the diving Marek Stech and into the back of the net with literally the last kick of the game - referee Keith Stroud not even allowing kick-off to take place. Based on their second half performance, the Glovers couldn't complain about the result they were left with too much.
Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 2.
Scorers: Adam Rooney (77 mins, 0-1, pen), James Collins (90 mins, 0-2).
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 10. Gavin Williams
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden
12. Gareth Stewart 6. Dominic Blizzard 15. Lewis Young (80 mins for Kevin Dawson) 19. Ben Gordon (49 mins for Jamie McAllister) 21. Wes Fletcher 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 7.Jordan Cook (61 mins for Gavin Williams).
1. Wes Foderingham
15. Nathan Thompson 22. Darren Ward 4. Aden Flint 3. Jay McEveley
28. Adam Rooney 18. Tommy Miller 8. Simon Ferry 12. Alan McCormack 11. Gary Roberts
16. Andy Williams
30. Leigh Bedwell 5. Joe Devera 7. Luke Rooney (90 mins for Andy Williams) 9. James Collins (70 mins for Simon Ferry) 23. Raffaele De Vita (83 mins for Gary Roberts) 33. Alex Ferguson 34. Connor Waldon
Yeovil Bookings: Gavin Williams (1 min, foul), Kevin Dawson (43 mins, foul), Jamie McAllister (47 mins, foul), Daniel Burn (69 mins, foul)
Swindon Bookings: Alan McCormack (21 mins, foul), Nathan Thompson (35 mins, foul) Jay McEveley (81 mins, foul), Tommy Miller (90 mins, timewasting), James Collins (90 mins, excessive celebration).
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 22.
Swindon Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 2; Fouls: 8.
Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Assistants: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire) and David Woolford (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire).
Attendance: 5,207 (with 546 Swindon supporters).