Match Details: 04/10/2014
Yeovil Town 0-2 Milton Keynes Dons
Skybet League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Joe Edwards, 5. Aaron Martin, 8. James Berrett, 9. James Hayter, 15. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 16. Nathan Ralph, 20. Ben Nugent, 23. Simon Gillett, 24. Jake Kean, 25. Jordy Hiwula
Subs: 1. Chris Weale, 6. Jakub Sokolík, 7. Kevin Dawson, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 11. Sam Foley, 17. Joel Grant, 18. Jack Price,
Substitutes Used: Joel Grant for James Berrett (64 mins), AJ Leitch-Smith for James Hayter (64 mins), Jack Price for Simon Gillett (79 mins)
Bookings: Aaron Martin (Foul, 32), Ben Nugent (Handball, 44), , Nathan Ralph (Foul, 73), Jordy Hiwula (Foul, 80)
Yeovil Town's stuttering form continued this afternoon, as they lost 0-2 at home to Milton Keynes Dons at Huish Park. In a physical match dominated by fouls and yellow cards, the fairly even pattern of the game was turned when on loan Cardiff City defender Ben Nugent picked up his second yellow of the game in a match that saw referee Carl Berry raise cards on nine different occasions. Three minutes later, Yeovil's makeshift defence failed to pick up Will Grigg's run and strike for a 69th minute lead, and the game was polished off when Daniel Powell exposed more open spaces six minutes from time to give the visitors the win and see the Glovers drop to 19th in the League One table.
The team selected to start the game was a radical one, with five changes from the previous weekend's defeat against Crawley Town. Ben Nugent replaced Jakub Sokolik at the back, whilst in midfield Simon Gillett made his comeback, displacing Jack Price who was featuring in his final match before his return to Wolverhampton Wanderers. On the wing James Berrett displaced Joel Grant as the club employed three central midfielders, then up front there was a complete change as Kieffer Moore's hamstring strain saw him drop out, allowing Manchester City loanee Jordy Hiwula to come in and make his debut, with James Hayter being brought in for AJ Leitch-Smith.
The first half was a very feisty and occasionally over-physical affair, with referee Carl Berry having his hands full right from kick-off. Some tackles were merely competitive, whilst some went a little over the top but the match official initially adopted a policy of letting things go. In terms of the football, not too many chances were created. Simon Gillett's free kick saw Jordy Hiwula flick a header just wide, whilst at the other end Daniel Powell cut inside but fired over the bar. Hiwula had another great chance to score when James Hayter's cross was met by the Man City striker's head, only to glance wide.
The big problem was whether players and referee could keep a lid on the niggles that were present during the match. One non-physical booking saw Ben Nugent cautioned for a handball after he slipped whilst defending inside his own half, sticking out a palm to deliberately block the ball, and that was to prove crucial as the even game moved into the second period. After Hiwula and Will Grigg had fired wide again, and James Hayter had forced David Martin into a superb save with his legs, the pattern of the match turned sharply in the 66th minute. Nugent fouled Grigg as he forced his way towards goal, and picked up a deserved booking, and an inevitable dismissal.
Jakub Sokolik briefly warmed up as a reaction to that, but instead the Glovers reshuffled with Nathan Smith moving to centre-back, whilst Nathan Ralph became left-back as they switched to a 4-4-1, leaving Hiwula as the lone striker. The visitors though exploited the new-look defence emphatically as Mark Randall slipped a ball over the top for Will Grigg to head onto, with both centre-backs hesitant in heading after the striker. The former Walsall man finished well to put Yeovil a goal down.
With a man light, Yeovil struggled to get back into the match in a poor closing twenty minute spell, as the visitors comfortably won the match. Referee Carl Berry made up for his fairly relaxed first half showing by showing yellow cards to almost anything that moved, with nine yellows and one red being the final tally - perhaps a little more authority from him early on might have negated the need for that.
The game was polished off six minutes from time when Daniel Powell received the ball 40 yards from goal. With the Glovers pushing men up in numbers, he easily found space to run at the sparse Yeovil back line, and he fired the ball past Jake Kean for a 2-0 advantage, and to send masses of home supporters streaming for the exit. For 66 minutes, they'd seen a relatively even game, but once Nugent departed, and Grigg scored the opener, the end result was all too predictable.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 2.
Scorers: Will Grigg (69 mins, 0-1), Daniel Powell (84 mins, 0-2).
Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Jake Kean
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 5. Aaron Martin 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
8. James Berrett 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 16. Nathan Ralph
9. James Hayter 25. Jordy Hiwula
1. Chris Weale 6. Jakub Sokolik 7. Kevin Dawson 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (64 mins for James Hayter) 11. Sam Foley 17. Joel Grant (64 mins for James Berrett) 18. Jack Price (79 mins for Simon Gillett)
Milton Keynes Dons:
1. David Martin 12. Jordan Spence 5. Kyle McFadzean 4. Tom Flanagan 3. Dean Lewington 8. Darren Potter 14. Dele Alli 10. Ben Reeves 11. Will Grigg 17. Daniel Powell 23. Benik Afobe
13. Carl Baker (86 mins for Darren Potter) 9. Dean Bowditch 15. Mark Randall (33 mins for Tom Flanagan) 16. Ian McLoughlin 19. Tom Hitchcock 22. Samir Carruthers (88 mins for Will Grigg)
Yeovil Bookings: Aaron Martin (foul, 32 mins), Ben Nugent (handball, 44 mins), Nathan Ralph (foul, 73 mins), Jordy Hiwula (foul, 80 mins). Red Card: Ben Nugent (foul, 66 mins, second bookable offence)
MK Dons Bookings: Darren Potter (foul, 16 mins), Ben Reeves (kicking the ball away, 58 mins), Daniel Powell (foul, 74 mins), Mark Randall (foul, 83 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 3; Fouls: 19.
MK Dons Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 16.
Referee: Carl Berry (Surrey). Assistant Referees: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Michael Webb (Surrey).
Attendance: 4,000 (with 337 MK Dons supporters)