Match Details: 03/05/2014
Yeovil Town 1-4 Middlesbrough
Football League Championship
Yeovil Goals: James Hayter (38)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Jamie McAllister, 4. Joe Edwards, 5. Byron Webster, 7. Kevin Dawson, 9. James Hayter, 10. Sam Foley, 14. Sam Hoskins, 15. Shane Duffy, 19. Joe Ralls,
Subs: 18. Matteo Lanzoni, 21. Liam Davis, 22. Joe Jones, 23. Joel Grant, 24. Chris Dunn, 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 29. Adam Morgan
Substitutes Used: Joel Grant for Sam Foley (46 mins), Liam Davis for Kevin Dawson (46 mins), Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi for Sam Hoskins (62 mins)
Bookings: Shane Duffy (Foul, 25), Joe Ralls (Foul, 45)
Yeovil Town's historic 2013-14 Championship season drew to a close on a low note this afternoon, as poor defending consigned them to their second 4-1 defeat against Middlesbrough of the campaign. In typical end of season sunny late spring weather, matters seemed bright in an opening spell for the home side in which they had a number of reasonable chances to open the scoring.
However, the standard of their defending was lax throughout the afternoon. Danny Graham had sliced wide badly in an earlier chance in the first half, but when Emmanuel Ledesma's shot was only parried by Marek Stech, Graham was left with a tap-in to put Boro 1-0 up half an hour into the match. That set the scene for the goals to start flying in, and when Sam Hoskins played on Luke Ayling's ball into the box, James Hayter was on hand to equalise inside the box seven minutes after that opener.
Yeovil's defending though was rather all over the place. Emmanuel Ledesma turned from provider to goalscorer, taking advantage of a poor header from Jamie McAllister which allowed Danny Graham the chance to intercept and square for the winger. Boro then managed to squeeze in a third goal before the break, with a spot of Route One football, a goalkeeper Jason Steele's long punt up field bouncing inside the Glovers half allowing Lee Tomlin to comfortably outpace the non-existent Glovers defence, and fire home for a 3-1 half time lead.
Any half time rockets being sent the players way clearly didn't work, as Shane Duffy gave the ball away inside his own half, and once again Danny Graham was the more alert. He played the ball through to Emmanuel Ledesma within 79 seconds of the restart, and the game was already over, with Boro replicating the scoreline they got at the Riverside Stadium in October. They could have easily managed more, with Graham missing another gaping goal after Lee Tomlin had set him up, in a rather disappointing end to the club's season in the second tier. Let's hope this is not the last we've seen of Championship football, and that Yeovil Town can one day return.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Middlesbrough 4.
Scorers: Danny Graham (0-1, 31 mins), James Hayter (1-1, 38 mins), Emmanuel Ledesma (1-2, 40 mins), Lee Tomlin (1-3, 43 mins), Emmanuel Ledesma (1-4, 47 mins)
Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 15. Shane Duffy 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 10. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins
24. Chris Dunn 18. Matteo Lanzoni 21. Liam Davis (46 mins for Kevin Dawson) 22. Joe Jones 23. Joel Grant (46 mins for Sam Foley) 26. Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi (62 mins for Sam Hoskins) 29. Adam Morgan
1. Jason Steele
8. Jozsef Varga 15. Seb Hines 26. Daniel Ayala 22. Ben Gibson
27. Albert Adomah 18. Dean Whitehead 24. Nathaniel Chalobah 11. Emmanuel Ledesma
9. Danny Graham 10. Lee Tomlin
6. Jacob Butterfield (25 mins for Nathaniel Chalobah) 13. Dimitrios Konstantopoulos 14. Luke Williams 20. Adam Reach (46 mins for Albert Adomah) 23. Curtis Main 25. Kenneth Omeruo 28. Bryn Morris (66 mins for Dean Whitehead)
Yeovil Bookings: Shane Duffy (foul, 25 mins), Joe Ralls (foul, 45 mins)
Middlesbrough Bookings: Seb Hines (foul, 5 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 10; Fouls: 12.
Middlesbrough Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 24; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 5; Fouls: 7.
Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire). Assistants: Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Adam Bromley (Devon).
Attendance: 6,477 (with 1,348 Middlesbrough fans).