Match Details: 05/04/2014
Blackpool 1-2 Yeovil Town
Football League Championship
Yeovil Goals: James Hayter (16), Tom Lawrence (74)
Yeovil Line-Up: 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Jamie McAllister, 4. Joe Edwards, 5. Byron Webster, 9. James Hayter, 11. Tom Lawrence, 15. Shane Duffy, 19. Joe Ralls, 21. Liam Davis, 23. Joel Grant, 24. Chris Dunn,
Subs: 7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Ruben Palazuelos, 12. Gareth Stewart, 13. Kieffer Moore, 14. Sam Hoskins, 18. Matteo Lanzoni, 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi
Substitutes Used: Ruben Palazuelos for Liam Davis (80 mins), Kevin Dawson for Joel Grant (81 mins)
Bookings: Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 90)
Yeovil Town kept their hopes of avoiding relegation alive, as they beat fellow strugglers Blackpool 2-1 at Bloomfield Road. Goals from James Hayter and Manchester United loanee Tom Lawrence set them on their way, and also Blackpool pulled one back to create some late scares, this time the Glovers held on for all three points, to pull them back within three points of Charlton Athletic - their Tuesday night opponents - who lost at home to Reading.
After a very slow start Yeovil got the break they needed when Tony McMahon handballed a corner forced by Tom Lawrence, and with James Hayter this time on the field of play, and Ishmael Miller sent back to Nottingham Forest, there was very little doubt who was going take the spot kick - duly converted into the bottom corner. The goal allowed the visitors the chance to find their feet, with a restless home crowd frequently heckling their own players, leading to one incident when a Blackpool player got into a slanging match with his own fans.
Blackpool started to force their way back into the match just before the half time break, and a succession of three early second half substitutions allowed them to change formation and personnel. David Goodwillie was particularly guilty of missing a number of Blackpool chances, but instead it was Yeovil who scored the next goal - somewhat against the run of second half play. Luke Ayling's cross into the box was met by Tom Lawrence and he produced a good finish from inside the box to double Yeovil's lead.
That should have given Yeovil the buffer to see the game out but Elliot Grandin's superb long range strike four minutes later set the nerves jangling as he fired home from 25 yards out. On came Ruben Palazuelos as a holding midfielder to shore things up, whilst the grit of Kevin Dawson was also added as Yeovil sacrificed their wide men to deploy four central midfielders, with Lawrence dropping deeper in the closing stages.
This time - unlike Wigan, unlike Leicester - there was no late drama and the Glovers saw out the three minutes worth of injury time to keep their season alive. Tuesday night at The Valley presents them with a virtual cup final against Charlton Athletic, and gives proof that whilst matters are still out of their own hands, and they still lie bottom of the table, the trap door has not opened up on them just yet.
Final Score: Blackpool 1 Yeovil Town 2.
Scorers: James Hayter (0-1, 16 mins, pen), Tom Lawrence (0-2, 74 mins), Elliot Grandin (1-2, 78 mins).
Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Chris Dunn
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
23. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
9. James Hayter 11. Tom Lawrence
12. Gareth Stewart 7. Kevin Dawson (81 mins for Joel Grant) 8. Ruben Palazuelos (80 mins for Liam Davis) 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Matteo Lanzoni 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi
1. Matthew Gilks
2. Tony McMahon 5. Gary MacKenzie 20. Craig Cathcart
12. Neal Bishop 17. Chris Basham 4. David Perkins 14. Andy Halliday 3. Jack Robinson
41. Apostolos Vellios 25. David Goodwillie
15. Faris Haroun 18. Isaiah Osbourne 24. Andy Keogh (49 mins for Apostolos Vellios) 27. Tom Barkhuizen (66 mins for Chris Basham) 31. Angel 39. Elliot Grandin (66 mins for Neal Bishop) 50. Robert Earnshaw
Blackpool Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (90 mins, timewasting).
Blackpool Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 11.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 1; Fouls: 10.
Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistants: Steven Copeland (Merseyside) and Simeon Lucas (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Paul Marsden (Lancashire).
Attendance: 13,310 (with 362 Yeovil supporters).