Match Details: 29/12/2014
Yeovil Town 0-3 Leyton Orient
Skybet League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Joe Edwards, 9. James Hayter, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 11. Sam Foley, 15. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 20. Ben Nugent, 23. Simon Gillett, 26. Stephen Arthurworrey, 27. Tom Eaves, 30. Jed Steer
Subs: 2. Brendan Moloney, 8. James Berrett, 12. Artur Krysiak, 16. Nathan Ralph, 21. Calvin Brooks, 24. Ryan Inniss, 28. Alex Smith,
Substitutes Used: Nathan Ralph for AJ Leitch-Smith (58 mins), Ryan Inniss for James Hayter (78 mins), James Berrett for Sam Foley (78 mins)
Yeovil Town ended 2014 cut five points adrift of safety at the foot of League One tonight, as they lost 0-3 at home to relegation rivals Leyton Orient. The East Londoners were slow in getting into the game during a first half in which the Glovers spurned plenty of chances, but once the visitors took the lead, they became the stronger team, with Chris Dagnall's 34th minute header from a Bradley Pritchard cross giving them a half time advantage. In the second period, Kevin Lisbie provided the killer goal after he poached a Dean Cox shot that was only parried by Jed Steer and the match was wrapped up by Cox five minutes from time to put the game out of sight and for the Huish Park crowd to respond on the final whistle with a chorus of boos, leaving a very difficult 2015 ahead for the Glovers.
The Glovers went into the match making two tactical changes compared to the line-up that took to the field against Bristol City on Boxing Day. Seth Nana Twumasi had replaced Brendan Moloney at half time in that game, and he continued with that right-back role for this game. Meanwhile AJ Leitch-Smith came in as a wide-left player, with James Berrett dropping out of the team, as Yeovil lined up in what was more or less an ordinary 4-4-2. Calvin Brooks landed a place on the bench after his loan spell with Weymouth ended after their Boxing Day fixture.
They started the first half as the better team, with the first half hour of the match being pretty much devoid of Orient chances. Simon Gillett had a shot saved, and then Stephen Arthurworrey had the ball in the back of the net, with an offside flag having gone up just before he stuck home. James Hayter shot wide, whilst AJ Leitch-Smith had a double effort first blocked by a defender and then saved by visiting keeper Gary Woods for a corner. Woods saved again from a Sam Foley corner as the Glovers clocked up the chances but once again couldn't convert any of them.
Orient took 30 minutes before they had a shot of any kind, with Bradley Pritchard's scuffed effort easily saved by Jed Steer. But with their second attack they took the lead - the Glovers players had argued over a linesman's decision and seemed to be out of position when Pritchard's deep cross went into the box upon the restart. That allowed Chris Dagnall the chance to run in at the far post and convert a close range header, to give his side the lead.
The goal seemed to rattle the Yeovil players, and that was the last of their first half chances - their previously positive play now becoming tentative and wayward, with the crowd also becoming tetchy as they too got frustrated. Half time saw the Glovers team sent out ultra-early to wait on the frosty pitch, whilst they waited for Orient to come out of the warm dressing room. Stephen Arthurworrey struck wide early on but this was a far more impressive Orient side that controlled the second period. Ben Nugent had to clear off his own goal line from a Chris Dagnall effort, whilst shots from Dean Cox and Bradley Pritchard saw Jed Steer rescue his defence with a strong second save.
The second goal came when Yeovil's midfield and defence parted like the red sea to allow Orient danger man Dean Cox room to run on goal and shoot without a challenge going in. On a skiddy hard surface, the bouncing shot was only parried by Jed Steer and Kevin Lisbie was on hand to double Orient's lead. 0-2 down and the atmosphere in the home sections of the crowd turned that little bit colder towards their own players and management - even on a freezing December night.
A raft of substitutions was made in hope rather than in substance, with the game now looking beyond the Glovers. Nathan Ralph came on for AJ Leitch-Smith as a left-winger but never really saw the ball, whilst Ryan Inniss got a second chance to see what he could do as a striker, replacing James Hayter, as James Berrett came on for Sam Foley in midfield. But bar one chance that saw the Sponsors' player of the day Nathan Smith fire a low ball across to the far post that just evaded Inniss, this was a second period devoid of attacking inspiration.
What doesn't help is when you then gift the opposition a third goal. A wayward pass by Joe Edwards in midfield allowed Dean Cox a chance to intercept and with the Orient wide man put clean through, he scored the final goal of the night with comfortable ease to send the home fans streaming for the exits. It may well be the bonanza of Manchester United turning up in the FA Cup on Sunday in front of the BT Sport cameras, but this match was more critical, and if the club are to address a five point margin quickly, they'll need to use some of that money on new recruits early next month. Tonight's result makes that need rather more urgent.
Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 3.
Scorers: Chris Dagnall (0-1, 34 mins), Kevin Lisbie (0-2, 64 mins), Dean Cox (0-3, 85 mins)
30. Jed Steer
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 23. Simon Gillett 10. AJ Leitch-Smith
9. James Hayter 27. Tom Eaves
12. Artur Krysiak 2. Brendan Moloney 8. James Berrett (78 mins for Sam Foley) 16. Nathan Ralph (58 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 21. Calvin Brooks 24. Ryan Inniss (78 mins for James Hayter) 28. Alex Smith
33. Gary Woods
2. Elliot Omozusi 12. Shane Lowry 5. Scott Cuthbert 3. Gary Sawyer
18. Bradley Pritchard 17. Josh Wright 4. Romain Vincelot 7. Dean Cox
9. Kevin Lisbie 23. Chris Dagnall
6. Mathieu Baudry 10. Dave Mooney 16. Harry Lee (87 mins for Josh Wright) 21. Charlie Grainger 28. Montel Agyemang (90 mins for Romain Vincelot) 29. Victor Adeboyejo 32. Andrea Dossena
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Leyton Orient Bookings: Romain Vincelot (69 mins, foul).
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 12.
Leyton Orient Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.
Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Assistant Referees: John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Brett Huxtable (Devon). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).
Attendance: 4,132 (with 217 Leyton Orient supporters).