Match Details: 17/08/2013
Burnley 2-0 Yeovil Town
Football League Championship
Yeovil Line-Up: 2. Luke Ayling, 4. Joe Edwards, 5. Byron Webster, 6. Dan Seaborne, 7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden, 18. Alan Tate, 21. Liam Davis, 25. Sam Johnstone
Subs: 3. Jamie McAllister, 10. Sam Foley, 12. Michael Ngoo, 14. Sam Hoskins, 19. Joe Ralls, 23. Joel Grant, 24. Chris Dunn,
Substitutes Used: Sam Hoskins for James Hayter (65 mins), Michael Ngoo for Alan Tate (65 mins), Joe Ralls for Kevin Dawson (82 mins)
Bookings: Liam Davis (Foul, 77), Byron Webster (Foul, 79)
Yeovil Town went down to their second consecutive defeat yesterday, as two quickfire goals from Burnley saw them go home with nothing to show for their efforts. The game turned in an increasingly weather-affected game when a Keith Treacey cross was palmed into his own net by debutant Sam Johnstone as the wind-affected ball into the box came off his own woodwork. Four minutes later a Scott Arfield shot through a crowd of players deflected off the body of Sam Vokes, allowing Burnley to double their lead, eventually going on to comfortably win the game.
The match started with Yeovil Town naming a squad that contained three players who had been signed up during the previous three days, including two named only on the day of the match. One of those made his debut, with Sam Johnstone the man to replace Marek Stech, whilst he stays on the sidelines for three months with a broken hand. The other two sat on the bench, with Chris Dunn brought in as a free agent, after being released by Coventry City, whilst Joe Ralls joined him, thanks to a loan deal with Cardiff City. The other on the pitch change was for Liam Davis to swap with Sam Foley, as the former Oxford United player got the chance of a game on the left-wing.
It was a quiet start to the match, with matters more concentrated in midfield, where strong sliding tackles from both sides showed how much both teams were up for this game. Sam Johnstone's first taste of the action came when he had to dive low down to his left to block a Ross Wallace shot from the edge of the box, although not one that was likely to trouble him. Sam Vokes sailed another shot well over the bar, but was guilty of a far worse miss when Burnley took advantage of the Glovers outfield players pushing high up the field, as the striker got in behind, thanks to a ball over the top. Johnstone left his goal-line early, perhaps over-committing himself, but the shot from the corner of the penalty box was a yard wide of the target.
The best chance of the half though, fell to a Yeovil player. With nine minutes to go before the break, Kevin Dawson's low right wing cross dragged the Burnley defence entirely out of position, and with goalkeeper Tom Heaton on his near post, Liam Davis had a gift at his feet inside the six yard box. Unfortunately for him, he got his foot under the ball, and skied it over the bar. Yeovil may not have had too many chances during the opening 45 minutes, but there was no doubt that they should have been ahead at half time.
The second period showed the Glovers continuing their gradual growing into the game, passing the ball well, but with the criticism that once they got the ball into Burnley's final third, that they were being crowded out by a well organised Burnley defence, and couldn't find a clear-cut opening for Paddy Madden and James Hayter to get room for, with both being largely marked out of the game. Midway through the half, they had another good opening, as an Ed Upson free kick saw Liam Davis put in an early cross into the box. Dan Seaborne was unmarked, but his headed attempt was rather weak and drifted half a yard wide of the left-hand post and away.
With 21 minutes remaining, Burnley made a double-substitution that was to prove crucial in the pattern of the game. Introducing Keith Treacy and Scott Arfield onto the pitch, the former needed just five minutes to make an impact upon the game. Rain had been steadily falling since the half time break, and that had started to be joined by a strong side-to-side wind across the stadium. That undoubtedly was a factor in the opening goal, as Treacy's 74th minute cross from the left deceived Sam Johnstone, as it curled towards his near post, landing in the net via Johnstone's palms and the frame of the goal - an uncomfortable way to mark your Yeovil debut.
Prior to that point, Yeovil had been good value for their goalless draw, but after that, matters began to rapidly unravel. Liam Davis had been moved to a left-back slot following Yeovil's own double substitution, as he took over Alan Tate's role, and his rash tackle on goalscorer Keith Treacy got them a free kick close to the corner flag. David Jones took the free kick, and a near post header saw Burnley strike the far post leaving Yeovil's defence stranded. As the ball rebounded, Scott Arfield attempted to fire the ball home, but Sam Vokes ensured that the ball landed in the back of the net, as the ball deflected off his body and into the back of the net, for the second rub of the green that had gone Burnley's way on the day.
Yeovil's shape and composure though was somewhat disintegrating though, as Burnley could have easily ended up with a flattering scoreline in the closing stages. Sam Johnstone redeemed himself for his earlier error as he saved from David Jones and Keith Treacy, and then Luke Ayling superbly cleared off his own goal line as Treacy's low cross found Sam Vokes with an open goal, only to be denied by the full-back being perfectly positioned on the line. From being well in the game with 15 minutes to go, the Glovers ended the match well-beaten. Once again, the feeling that had they taken the lead earlier in the match it could have been a different story - the Championship division is certainly giving them a big learning curve early on about how important it is to take your chances when they come.
Final Score: Burnley 2 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: Keith Treacy (1-0, 74 mins), Sam Vokes (2-0, 79 mins)
1. Tom Heaton
2. Kieran Trippier 5. Jason Shackell 28. Kevin Long 3. Daniel Lafferty
7. Ross Wallace 8. Dean Marney 14. David Jones 11. Junior Stanislas
9. Sam Vokes 10. Danny Ings
6. Ben Mee 12. Alex Cisak 15. David Edgar 22. Brian Stock 26. Keith Treacy (69 mins for Junior Stanislas) 35. Ryan Noble (90 mins for Danny Ings) 27. Scott Arfield (68 mins for Ross Wallace)
Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
25. Sam Johnstone
2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster (Capt), 6. Danny Seaborne, 18. Alan Tate
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ed Upson, 4. Joe Edwards, 21. Liam Davis
9. James Hayter, 17. Paddy Madden
24. Chris Dunn 3. Jamie McAllister 11. Michael Ngoo (65 mins for Alan Tate) 14. Sam Hoskins (65 mins for James Hayter) 10. Sam Foley 23. Joel Grant 19. Joe Ralls (82 mins for Kevin Dawson)
Burnley Bookings: Dean Marney (foul, 48 mins), Ross Wallace (foul, 51 mins), David Jones (foul, 87 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Liam Davis (foul, 77 mins), Byron Webster (foul, 79 mins)
Burnley Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 3; Fouls: 10.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 11.
Referee: Scott Duncan (Northumberland). Assistants: Matt McGrath (East Yorkshire) and Peter Wright (Merseyside). Fourth Official: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).
Attendance: 10,085 (including 363 Yeovil supporters).