Match Details: 12/02/2013
Yeovil Town 3-1 Preston North End
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: James Hayter (73), Nathan Ralph (80), Paddy Madden (90)
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: Nathan Ralph for Kevin Dawson (61 mins), Lewis Young for Sam Foley (61 mins), Kwesi Appiah for James Hayter (81 mins)
Bookings: Jamie McAllister (Foul, 57)
Yeovil Town grabbed their seventh consecutive League One win tonight as they came from behind to get all three points against Preston North End. Trailing from a 30th minute Chris Beardsley goal, the Glovers looked in danger of surrendering their winning run, as their opponents frustrated them with timewasting tactics from the moment they took the lead. But that was to backfire on them from the moment that James Hayter levelled proceedings with 17 minutes left. Yeovil then took full control of the game, as substitute Nathan Ralph scored his first ever goal for the club, with the game being polished off by Paddy Madden's 17th goal of the 2012-13 season.
The Glovers went into the match unchanged from their Saturday win against Coventry City, as Marek Stech once again managed to get between the sticks, with his partner still not having given birth. On six wins in a row, the idea of changing the starting line-up for any other reason was unthinkable, and so it proved - same starting line-up, same bench, same tactics. In the opposition line-up, Paul Huntington returned to Preston's starting line-up as he replaced the suspended Bailey Wright.
First chance of the game fell to James Hayter as he ran through on goal, but his attempt on goal was well blocked by Preston centre-back Chris Robertson, and out for a corner which came to nothing. Kevin Dawson then fired over the bar, with the Irishman seeing plenty of the play in the first half as his team-mates ran the ball through him with a clear tactic to get at Preston's left-side during the eary stages. Chances fell to Ed Upson and Sam Foley but both were blocked by defenders as Preston defended in numbers.
By the time the half hour mark was reached, Yeovil should have been a goal or two up. Instead they found themselves a goal down. Jeffrey Monakana, who had been the scourge of the Glovers in last November's FA Cup match, fed striker Chris Beardsley, and he managed to give himself room to turn Dan Burn and fire the ball past Marek Stech. Preston's first shot of the game of any description, yet the opening goal.
That temporarily silenced the Huish Park crowd, but they soon began to brighten up, after Ed Upson's long range shot whistled just over the bar, clipping the back of the goal frame, with Preston keeper Declan Rudd well beaten. Then Paddy Madden had the ball in the back of the net, as he converted a Dan Burn flick-on from a Jamie McAllister free kick, but an offside flag went up. The half closed with Preston trying every possible delaying tactic in the book on all free kicks and throw-ins, making it pretty clear that they weren't interested in adding to their slender lead - only in stopping Yeovil from being able to play - a familiar but ominous Graham Westley tactic, designed to frustrate the opposition.
The second half opened up with more of the same - Preston even delayed the start of the second half, as if referee Roger East was somehow going to start his watch before they labouriously made their way to the centre circle for kick-off. The opening period was a bit of a non-event, and in fact Chris Beardsley could have doubled Preston's lead when his low header to the corner of the goal threatened to creep into the net, only for Marek Stech to get down and push the ball away.
Manager Gary Johnson decided he'd seen enough, and introduced Nathan Ralph and Lewis Young as flying wingers to replace Sam Foley and Kevin Dawson. The speed of the substitutes appeared to immediately upset the Preston back line - Young's first contribution of the game was to get Ben Davies booked as the Preston left-back failed to adjust to the Glovers right-winger's pace. But again, Preston's slowing down of the match was acute - referee Roger East seemed to lose patience with Joe Garner on one occasion as he refused the striker treatment for an apparent injury - the only surprise was that yellow cards weren't being dished out for what was blatant gamesmanship.
The pattern of the game though changed with 17 minutes remaining, as Paddy Madden turned goal provider instead of goal scorer. His run down the right side of the penalty box saw him square the ball back across goal with a low cross, and with Ed Upson also in close attendance, James Hayter got the final touch to finish from close range for the equaliser.
Seven minutes later Ed Upson's free kick into the box, after a foul by Paul Connolly punished Preston, as they failed to clear their lines. Dan Burn and James Hayter both had attempts to seize on the loose ball, before substitute Nathan Ralph picked the ball up and slamed it home from close range and into the roof of the net. 2-1 up and suddenly the game was back in Yeovil's control - and Preston had to rethink their strategy, dropping their timewasting for a far higher tempo game.
Four minutes into six added on for the large number of second half delays, Yeovil drove home their third and final goal of the night, as Ed Upson and Kwesi Appiah combined, setting up Paddy Madden to run clean through on goal. League One's leading goalscorer had actually missed one or two opportunities earlier in the game, but he made no mistake this time round, firing past Declan Rudd to seal the match, ensuring that the Glovers winning streak now extends to seven games. The only down side to the evening was that wins for Brentford and Sheffield United still kept Gary Johnson's side out of the play-off spots, but if they keep doing what they're doing, a top six position is going to become more and more likely as the season goes on.
Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Preston North End 1.
Scorers: Chris Beardsley (0-1, 30 mins), James Hayter (1-1, 73 mins), Nathan Ralph (2-1, 80 mins), Paddy Madden (3-1, 90 mins).
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 (81 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young (61 mins for Sam Foley) 16. Nathan Ralph (61 mins for Kevin Dawson)
Preston North End:
23. Declan Rudd
15. Paul Connolly 4. Paul Huntington 5. Chris Robertson 28. Ben Davies
17. Jeffrey Monakana 18. Andrew Procter 19. John Welsh 11. Lee Holmes
14. Joe Garner 20. Chris Beardsley
1. Thorsten Stuckmann 2. Keith Keane (83 mins for Andrew Proctor) 8. Nicky Wroe 9. Graham Cummins (83 mins for Chris Beardsley) 16. David Buchanan (69 mins for Ben Davies) 24. Will Hayhurst 27. Luke Foster
Yeovil Bookings: Jamie McAllister (foul, 57 mins).
Preston Bookings: Chris Beardsley (dissent, 38 mins), Ben Davies (foul, 63 mins), Paul Connolly (foul, 79 mins).
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 11.
Preston Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 1; Fouls: 17.
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Assistants: Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).
Attendance: Attendance today: 3,661 (including 136 Preston fans).