Match Details: 21/10/2014
Sheffield United 2-0 Yeovil Town
Skybet League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 4. Joe Edwards, 9. James Hayter, 12. Artur Krysiak, 15. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 16. Nathan Ralph, 17. Joel Grant, 19. Liam Davis, 20. Ben Nugent, 23. Simon Gillett, 24. Ryan Inniss, 25. Jordy Hiwula
Subs: 1. Chris Weale, 2. Brendan Moloney, 3. Nathan Smith, 5. Aaron Martin, 7. Kevin Dawson, 11. Sam Foley,
Substitutes Used: Kevin Dawson for Joel Grant (46 mins), Sam Foley for James Hayter (74 mins), Nathan Smith for Nathan Ralph (81 mins)
Bookings: Joel Grant (Foul, 38), Kevin Dawson (Foul, 61)
Yeovil Town went down to a 2-0 defeat against Sheffield United tonight at Bramall Lane as they took a slight step backwards from Saturday's promising display against Swindon Town. The Blades were the superior side, particularly in the first half, when Marc McNulty took advantage of a loose ball after Artur Krysiak could only parry a Louis Reed shot into his path. In a match in which the Glovers had to feed off scraps at times, the home side sealed the points midway through the second period when dangerous winger Jamie Murphy cut in from the flank to fire home, and send Yeovil back below the dotted line on goal difference once again.
Unsurprisingly given Saturday's performance against the Robins, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson selected the exact same starting eleven for tonight's fixture. The only alteration was an injury to midfielder James Berrett which meant that he didn't travel up to Yorkshire, resulting in the bench being a man light. Strikers Kieffer Moore and AJ Leitch-Smith and defender Jakub Sokolik continued their absence through injury.
Sheffield United took the lead just 14 minutes into the match with probably their first true chance of the half. Louis Reed shot from the edge of the box, but Artur Krysiak's parried save was a weak one and only succeeded in palming the ball into the path of Marc McNulty who was on hand for goalpoaching duties on the rebound. 1-0 down and inevitably the home crowd turned up the volume in response.
The home side's superiority largely came in their ability to keep the ball far better than Yeovil were able to, and also in the pressure that they exerted down the flank occupied by Joel Grant and Seth Nana Twumasi. Giving the ball away didn't help, with Artur Krysiak redeeming himself for the opening goal when he blocked a Stefan Scougall attempt that came through Ryan Inniss losing possession in his own half. The main positive at the break was that there was only one goal in it, and the Blades fans were becoming a little restless at their side's failure to turn the excess possession and territory into hard chances.
The second period opened with Yeovil making a half time change. Joel Grant's withdrawal for Kevin Dawson was no doubt a reaction to the problems down that flank, and that allowed the Glovers a chance to cancel out Sheffield United, albeit without creating too much at the other end themselves. Jordy Hiwula came close when defensive dithering between a Blades player and his keeper allowed him to break through, but referee David Webb awarded a foul against the Man City loanee, when he might have had a case for obstruction.
Minutes later, Sheffield United doubled their lead. A long pass from Louis Reed was flighted into the path of Jamie Murphy. The winger burst clear of Seth Nana Twumasi, cut inside and then fired home to double the lead, and to bring to an end any of the little nerves that the home team had been building up due to their single goal lead. Now settled with a 2-0 advantage, it was hard to see the game going any other way.
The Glovers managed to grab a few chances during the closing stages, when a Liam Davis cross saw Kevin Dawson head just wide of the post, and Jordy Hiwula had a couple of half chances that were snuffed out by Blades defenders. But the result was rarely in doubt throughout the night, and as a result, after Saturday's one step forward against Swindon that lifted them out of the relegation zone, they took one step back into 21st place - albeit only by virtue of their inferior goal difference in the extremely congested league table.
Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Sheffield United 2 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: Marc McNulty (1-0, 14 mins), Jamie Murphy (2-0, 67 mins)
1. Mark Howard
2. Craig Alcock 6. Chris Basham 17. Harrison McGahey 3. Bob Harris
20. Jamal Campbell-Ryce 22. Louis Reed 8. Michael Doyle 9. Jamie Murphy
10. Stefan Scougall
12. Marc McNulty
7. Ryan Flynn (62 mins for Jamal Campbell-Ryce) 11. Jose Baxter (72 mins for Stefan Scougall) 14. Stephen McGinn 16. Ben Davies 21. Michael Higdon (62 mins for Marc McNulty) 24. Iain Turner 27. Terry Kennedy
Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
12. Artur Krysiak
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 20. Ben Nugent 24. Ryan Inniss 19. Liam Davis
17. Joel Grant 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 16. Nathan Ralph
9. James Hayter 25. Jordy Hiwula
1. Chris Weale 2. Brendan Moloney 3. Nathan Smith (81 mins for Nathan Ralph) 5. Aaron Martin 7. Kevin Dawson (46 mins for Joel Grant) 11. Sam Foley (74 mins for James Hayter)
Sheffield United Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Joel Grant (38 mins, foul), Kevin Dawson (61 mins, foul)
Sheffield United Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 2; Fouls: 8.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 7; Fouls: 18.
Referee: David Webb (County Durham). Assistant Referees: Ken Haycock (South Yorkshire) and James Mainwaring (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Joe Clark (West Midlands).
Attendance: 19,353 (with 155 Yeovil supporters).