Match Details: 20/09/2014
Yeovil Town 1-0 Peterborough United
Skybet League One
Yeovil Goals: Joel Grant (88)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Joe Edwards, 5. Aaron Martin, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 13. Kieffer Moore, 15. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 16. Nathan Ralph, 17. Joel Grant, 18. Jack Price, 20. Ben Nugent, 24. Jake Kean
Subs: 1. Chris Weale, 6. Jakub Sokolík, 7. Kevin Dawson, 11. Sam Foley, 19. Liam Davis,
Substitutes Used: Kevin Dawson for Joel Grant (90 mins)
Bookings: Nathan Ralph (Foul, 49), Ben Nugent (Foul, 75)
Yeovil Town left it late, but managed to pick up their first home win of the 2014-15 season this afternoon, as Joel Grant scored an 88th minute winning goal against Peterborough United. In an impressive performance, and an open game, both sides hit the crossbar, with a long range Marcus Maddison effort and a Kieffer Moore header both being denied. With most of the second half pressure, the Glovers deserved all three points, and they got it when he received a pass from AJ Leitch-Smith, weaving his way past several defenders to fire home for a late 1-0 win.
The Glovers started the game exactly as they'd ended the Tuesday night Crewe Alexandra match. The triple substitution made during that game's second half was maintained, with Kieffer Moore, Nathan Ralph and Seth Nana coming into the side - the latter two coming up against their former club, having played for the Posh under Gary Johnson. With Ben Nugent as another player who had played for the visitors, and Gary Johnson being their former manager there was plenty of incentive for players and management out there. Jakub Sokolik and Kevin Dawson, who hobbled off on Tuesday got a chance to rest their legs, whilst on the bench there was a return for Liam Davis who had been out since the opening day of the season with a broken wrist.
In an open first half, both sides tried to exploit each others weaknesses to decent effect. Peterborough had Michael Smith playing as a makeshift left-back and he was frequently put under pressure via the right-sided Seth Nana Twumasi and winger Joel Grant, as Smith tried to stop them via his weaker foot. At the other end, Marcus Maddison was playing as a deeper striker, making bursting runs that Yeovil weren't really closing down at source. That allowed Maddison to unleash several long range shots on goal, including one that struck the underside of the crossbar and back out again - a photographic still of the ball showed the linesman had called it correctly by not signalling a goal.
At the other end, Yeovil's approach play was good, but they didn't always get big chances, meaning that whilst they were the side making most of the running, they didn't have too much to test Posh keeper Ben Alnwick. One notable exception came during the lead-up to the break, with Jack Price's cross into the box being met well by the head of Kieffer Moore. It looked as though he was going to repeat his midweek Crewe moment until Alnwick got a palm on the ball to divert it onto the crossbar. One strike of the woodwork each at the break, but no goals to count for either side.
The second half saw what had been a fairly even encounter begin to swing the Glovers way, as Peterborough began to realise that they'd rather settle for a point away from home. The Glovers racked up a number of 'nearly moments', with Kieffer Moore and Joe Edwards firing just wide of the target, whilst the Posh tended to rely upon drawing a large number of fouls and calls for the physio to try to stop the tempo of the game. They did have their odd second half moments though, with Kenny McEvoy putting into the side netting when he broke behind the Glovers back line.
In the closing stages, AJ Leitch-Smith saw his deflected shot on goal palmed for a corner by Alnwick, whilst Aaron Martin sent a header over the bar. It seemed as though despite looking the team 'most likely' that they would run out of time and opportunities. However, with two minutes of normal time remaining, Joel Grant received the ball from Leitch-Smith, and the Jamaican produced a classic tricky winger's goal - a weave through several Posh defenders, and then a firm finish into the back of the net right in front of the home terrace for what would prove to be the winning goal.
With so little time left, the visitors had no time to change their stalling tactics, and despite referee Simon Hooper - who infuriated the home crowd during the second half with a number of contentious decisions over the awarding of fouls - allowing the additional time to stretch to over four minutes, after three minutes were signalled, Peterborough failed to bother Jake Kean after falling behind, and the end result was the first home win of the season, and a rise up into 13th place in the still-very-compacted League One table.
Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Peterborough United 0.
Scorers: Joel Grant (1-0, 88 mins)
Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Jake Kean
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 18. Jack Price 16. Nathan Ralph
10 AJ Leitch-Smith 13. Kieffer Moore
1. Chris Weale 6. Jakub Sokolik 7. Kevin Dawson (90 mins for Joel Grant) 11. Sam Foley 19. Liam Davis
27. Ben Alnwick 22. Ricardo Santos 5. Jack Baldwin 25. Gabriel Zakuani 2. Michael Smith 17. Joe Newell 8. Jack Payne 15. Jermaine Anderson 20. Kenny McEvoy 30. Marcus Maddison 14. Conor Washington
4. Shaun Brisley 9. Luke James (71 mins for Kenny McEvoy) 11. Grant McCann (82 mins for Jack Payne) 18. Kane Ferdinand 26. Oliver Luto 28. Harry Anderson 32. Aidan Grant
Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Ralph (foul, 49 mins), Ben Nugent (foul, 75 mins)
Peterborough Bookings: Marcus Maddison (foul, 90 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 9; Fouls: 11.
Peterborough Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 6.
Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistant Referees: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Grant Taylor (Warwickshire). Fourth Official: Mark Russell (Somerset).
Attendance: 3,970 (with 377 Peterborough supporters)