Match Details: 29/11/2014
Yeovil Town 0-2 Preston North End
Skybet League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Joe Edwards, 7. Kevin Dawson, 8. James Berrett, 11. Sam Foley, 12. Artur Krysiak, 18. Jordan Clarke, 19. Liam Davis, 24. Ryan Inniss, 26. Stephen Arthurworrey, 27. Tom Eaves
Subs: 2. Brendan Moloney, 9. James Hayter, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 14. Sam Hoskins, 16. Nathan Ralph, 22. Gareth Stewart, 23. Simon Gillett,
Substitutes Used: Nathan Ralph for Liam Davis (58 mins), James Hayter for James Berrett (61 mins), Simon Gillett for Kevin Dawson (85 mins)
Yeovil Town went down to their fifth home defeat of the 2014-15 season, as promotion-chasing Preston North End gained an early and a late goal to come away with the points. Former Glovers centre-back Paul Huntington played his part in that, scoring a fifth minute header from a corner in which he was poorly marked. The Glovers battled well, creating more chances than the visitors, but struggled to trouble visiting keeper Thorsten Stuckmann, and the writing was on the wall when referee Darren Deadman decided that a second half tackle from Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss was worthy of a straight red, leaving the Glovers a man down for the final half hour. With men pushing up, the Lilywhites sealed the game with a breakaway from Paul Gallagher in the 90th minute giving a flattering look to the scoreline, as Yeovil slipped to 23rd in the table on the back of their 0-2 defeat.
With the Glovers having won 2-1 at Notts County last weekend, making as many as four changes to the starting line-up perhaps wasn't wholly desirable, but with Jordy Hiwula having returned to Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers loanee came in to make his debut. Meanwhile defender Ben Nugent's one match suspension meant that his place in the side was taken by Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss. Jed Steer was forced to stop out of the squad after his illness meant that he was told to go home on the morning of the game, leaving Artur Krysiak between the sticks. The one tactical change saw fit-again Liam Davis return to the starting line-up as he occupied a left-wing slot, with AJ Leitch-Smith dropping to the bench.
The match opened up in the worst possible way, involving a player who Yeovil knew plenty about. Defender Paul Huntington came up for a Paul Gallagher corner, and he was given far too much room inside the box to head home a fifth minute goal and to put the visiting side ahead. 0-1 down right from the start. Despite that, the team regrouped during the opening 45 minutes, and created the lions share of the chances, with new boy Tom Eaves a constant physical threat for Preston's defenders to deal with.
The big problem was that not too many of Yeovil's chances troubled Preston keeper Thorsten Stuckmann. A Sam Foley attempt went just over the bar, whilst a free kick into the box saw Tom Eaves plant a clever backwards flicked header that just about cleared the goalframe with Stuckmann beaten. At the other end, Artur Krysiak had little to do - smothering a Jermaine Beckford breakthrough before the former Leeds striker could get his toe on the ball. But at the other end, a Liam Davis cross-cum-shot missed everyone inside the box, but when Preston half-cleared the ball to Joe Edwards, his return again went over the bar.
Having dominated proceedings during the first half, Yeovil began to find Preston thwarting them rather more professionally as the second half began - slowing the play down in every way they could to stop the Glovers from building up a head of steam, and seemingly content with their single goal advantage. They then got a huge boost to their chances of holding on to that when Ryan Inniss went in for a fifty-fifty ball with Kyel Reid, leaving the latter on the deck, in a near replica to last weekend's incident involving Notts County's Gary Jones and Glovers left-back Nathan Smith. Unfortunately the outcome was the same, with referee Darren Deadman running in like a steam train to raise a red card for the Crystal Palace loanee. One for the video replays, but Inniss stands to receive a three match ban.
That seemed to kill Yeovil's chances of getting back into the game, having to reorganise matters across the back four, and leaving them a man short in midfield as a result, with Nathan Smith moving to centre-back and Nathan Ralph dropping deep. Preston found it even easier to wind the clock down, and despite Yeovil making substitutions in order to shake things up, the visitors won the match in the 90th minute, as one former Premier League star passed to another former Premier League star - substitute Kevin Davies put Paul Gallagher clean through on goal, with the Glovers back four having pushed up, and he sealed the game by slotting past Artur Krysiak. Game over and no way back in a frustrating second half overall.
Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Preston North End 2.
Scorers: Paul Huntington (0-1, 5 mins), Paul Gallagher (0-2, 90 mins).
Yeovil Town (4-5-1):
12. Artur Krysiak
18. Jordan Clarke 24. Ryan Innis 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 19. Liam Davis
27. Tom Eaves
22. Gareth Stewart 2. Brendan Moloney 9. James Hayter (61 mins for James Berrett) 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14. Sam Hoskins 16. Nathan Ralph (58 mins for Liam Davis) 23. Simon Gillett (85 mins for Kevin Dawson)
Preston North End:
21. Thorsten Stuckmann
4. Scott Wiseman 5. Tom Clarke 23. Paul Huntington 16. David Buchanan
8. Neil Kilkenny 19. John Welsh 7. Chris Humphrey 17. Kyel Reid
12. Paul Gallagher 10. Jermaine Beckford
29. Bradley Fewster 1. Jamie Jones 3. Scott Laird 9. Kevin Davies (85 mins for Jermaine Beckford) 22. Jack King (70 mins for Neil Kilkenny) 30. Josh Brownhill (76 mins for John Welsh) 31. Alan Browne
Yeovil Bookings: None. Red Card: Ryan Inniss (serious foul play, 63 mins).
Preston Bookings: Tom Clarke (foul, 40 mins), John Welsh (foul, 52 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 2; Fouls: 12.
Preston Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 16.
Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire). Assistant Referees: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).
Attendance: 4,343 (with 471 Preston supporters).