Match Details: 28/08/2012
Yeovil Town 2-4 West Bromwich Albion
Carling Cup Second Round
Yeovil Goals: Reuben Reid (15), Reuben Reid (48)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Jamie McAllister, 4. Richard Hinds, 5. Byron Webster, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 11. Reuben Reid, 14. Sam Foley,
Subs: 12. Gareth Stewart, 15. Lewis Young, 16. Nathan Ralph, 17. Rohan Ince, 18. Archange Nkumu, 19. Gozie Ugwu
Substitutes Used: Gozie Ugwu for Reuben Reid (75 mins), Rohan Ince for Dominic Blizzard (75 mins), Lewis Young for James Hayter (75 mins)
Bookings: Keanu Marsh-Brown (Foul, 44), Rohan Ince (Foul, 84)
Yeovil Town went out of the League Cup tonight, despite a pulsating match at Huish Park against West Bromwich Albion that produced six goals. The final 2-4 scoreline was as the result of a see-saw game in which the Glovers took the lead through Reuben Reid, only for a Chris Brunt piledriver to put the Baggies back level. Shane Long nicked one just before half time, only for Reid to grab his second against his former club straight after the break. Then came Yassine El Ghanassy's heavily deflected effort (the end scorer may be disputed here) that put the Premier League side back in front, before Long grabbed his second of the night as the Glovers slightly ran out of steam.
The match saw Yeovil Town name an unchanged side from the one that beat Scunthorpe United by a 4-0 scoreline, with Rohan Ince added to the bench following his recovery from a shin injury. The game itself kicked off just under 15 minutes late - the legacy of a long queue for the Ticket Office caused by Glovers fans trying to pick up pre-purchased tickets on the biggest gate since April 2011.
The whole 90 minutes were played at a furious pace, with both sides contributing to an end to end encounter. Reuben Reid spent 18 months at the Hawthorns as a West Brom player without really getting a chance in their first team, and so had a big point to prove. He needed just 15 minutes to hammer that home, after Sam Foley had been fouled inside the Baggies half. Ed Upson swung in the free kick to the near post, and there was Reid with a glancing header to put the Glovers 1-0 up against their more illustrious opponents.
Both sides had their chances to add to the goal tally, with the woodwork being struck. James Hayter was denied by the goalpost, but then Craig Dawson had an effort deflected onto the post at the opposite end, whilst Luke Ayling had to clear off his on goalline to prevent an equaliser. If anything Yeovil were edging the half, but two goals in the lead-up to the break turned the tie on its head. The equaliser when it came was out of the blue and a real screamer - Chris Brunt's swerving drive from over 30 yards caught everyone by surprise and it arrowed straight into the top corner.
For West Brom to equalise just before the break though was frustrating, given how soft a goal it was. Chris Brunt's corner should have been meat'n'drink for the ever-reliable Marek Stech. But the Czech keeper proved he was human after all, by spilling his catch onto the boot of Shane Long who took advantage from close range for an unfortunate 2-1 half time lead for the away side. From a goal up to a goal down inside six minutes, and that was a little harsh.
The response to that was brilliant as Yeovil got off to the perfect restart. Three minutes into the second half, Sam Foley burst down the left wing and delivered the perfect cross. Once again Reuben Reid was in the right place to head home and remind West Brom that they might have wanted to keep him on their books for a little longer than they did. Huish Park erupted at the goal. 2-2 and game most definitely back on.
There followed a crazy end-to-end second half, in which Reuben Reid twice had chances to grab his hat-trick. First Boaz Myhill parried the ball out for a corner, then two minutes later he tried his luck again, with Myhill this time catching safely. That then saw the ball fizz down the other end, and almost it was a goal to the visitors as Markus Rosenburg forced Marek Stech into a one-on-one save, and then Yassine El Ghanassy's follow up saw Richard Hinds doing well to stop the ball going into the unguarded net.
Eventualy though, class showed, although frustratingly the goal could have been prevented. A poor back header from Byron Webster gave away a corner after Marek Stech couldn't claim the ball. Once again Chris Brunt was the creator of the goal, as his corner was only half cleared, allowing Yassine El Ghanassy the chance to fire home through a crowd of players, with the ball taking at least one heavy deflection on its way into the back of the net.
At 2-3 down, Gary Johnson went for broke, making a triple substitution and throwing on what he likes to call the cavalry - his three nippy youngsters of Lewis Young, Gozie Ugwu and this time Rohan Ince. However, for once, the Johnson magic didn't quite come off. Some more loose defending saw Jamie McAllister block a shot on goal, and Shane Long reacted first, firing the rebound into the net with Marek Stech having already committed himself to the first attempt. After matching West Brom for 70 minutes, Yeovil had simply run out of steam, and this time not even the fresh legs could rescue to the tie.
There were plenty of other chances besides, and if either of the Reuben Reid headers had gone into the net midway through the second half, one wonders what might have been. But in the end the Premier League class began to show, and Yeovil's interest in the League Cup is over. No disgrace though - for the best part of the game, they gave the Baggies a decent fright, and provided good entertainment. Hopefully they can continue that on Saturday when Doncaster Rovers come to down.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 West Bromwich Albion 4.
Scorers: Reuben Reid (1-0, 15 mins), Chris Brunt (1-1, 39 mins), Shane Long (1-2, 45 mins), Reuben Reid (2-2, 48 mins), Yassine El Ghanassy (2-3, 73 mins), Shane Long (2-4, 81 mins)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
7. Keanu Marsh-Brown 6. Dominic Blizzard 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 11. Reuben Reid
12. Gareth Stewart 15. Lewis Young (75 mins for James Hayter) 16. Nathan Ralph 17. Rohan Ince (75 mins for for Dominic Blizzard) 18. Archange Nkumu 19. Gozie Ugwu (75 mins for for Reuben Reid)
West Bromwich Albion:
13. Boaz Myhill 28. Billy Jones 30. Gabriel Tamas 25. Craig Dawson 18. Gonzalo Jara 22. Zoltan Gera 15. George Thorne 11. Chris Brunt 10. Yassine El Ghanassy 9. Shane Long 8. Markus Rosenberg
1. Ben Foster 5. Claudio Yacob 21. Youssouf Mulumbu (75 mins for Zoltan Gera) 23. Gareth McAuley 26. James Hurst 32. Marc-Antoine Fortune (75 mins for Markus Rosenberg) 38. Saido Berahino (83 mins for Shane Long)
Yeovil Bookings: Keanu Marsh-Brown (44 mins, foul), Rohan Ince (84 mins, foul)
WBA Bookings: Zoltan Gera (57 mins, foul)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 11.
WBA Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 12; Fouls: 10.
Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Assistants: John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Justin Amey (Dorset). Fourth Official: Christopher Powell (Dorset).
Attendance: 6,228 (including 1,242 WBA fans)