Match Details: 10/01/2015
Barnsley 2-0 Yeovil Town
Skybet League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Jed Steer, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Joe Edwards, 8. James Berrett, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 11. Sam Foley, 13. Kieffer Moore, 15. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 16. Nathan Ralph, 20. Ben Nugent, 26. Stephen Arthurworrey,
Subs: 9. James Hayter, 12. Artur Krysiak, 14. Sam Hoskins, 21. Calvin Brooks, 28. Alex Smith
Substitutes Used: Alex Smith for AJ Leitch-Smith (28 mins), Sam Hoskins for James Berrett (67 mins)
Bookings: , Sam Foley (Foul, 28), Jed Steer (Foul, 74), Joe Edwards (Foul, 85)
Yeovil Town went down to their fourth consecutive League One defeat this afternoon, as they remained bottom of the division, via a 2-0 defeat against Barnsley at Oakwell. The Glovers fate was not helped by having to play 64 minutes with ten men after Cardiff City loanee Ben Nugent was dismissed by referee Peter Bankes for an off the ball incident involving George Waring. The Stoke City loanee then scored on his debut for the Tykes as he stabbed home from inside the box after Jed Steer had fluffed his lines on a cross, landing on the deck, allowing the 20 year old a chance to open the scoring. Steer was then heavily involved in Barnsley's second as referee Bankes claimed the keeper had brought down Conor Hourihane, despite Steer appearing to get his foot on the ball. The Barnsley player converted, giving the Tykes a comfortable ride-out as the Glovers remained five points from safety at the start of 2015.
The Glovers went into the game making two enforced changes, with injuries to Kevin Dawson (pelvis) and Simon Gillett (knee) putting them out of contention for what is believed to be the long term, rather than short term knocks. In came James Berrett and AJ Leitch-Smith, but that then left the substitutes bench paper-thin with only James Hayter and Sam Hoskins having substantial outfield experience in terms of the players who could be brought on - Alex Smith and Calvin Brooks came in with one substitute appearance between them.
The visiting side made a relatively bright start, albeit without forcing too many clearcut chances - plenty of corners and plenty of free kicks, but with a number of chances from the likes of James Berrett seeing defensive blocks denying them a chance to test home keeper Ross Turnbull. AJ Leitch-Smith should have put Yeovil ahead midway through the half though - he latched onto an error from Jean-Yves Mvoto and broke clean through, but his shot was fired wide of the post when he really should have been at least forcing Turnbull at least into making a save.
Barnsley had done very little, but they got a foot up in the game when Ben Nugent was involved in an off-the-ball incident involving George Waring, with Barnsley fans believing that Nugent had lashed out an elbow at the Stoke City loanee - a straight red was issued by referee Peter Bankes and a signal from Sam Foley to the bench suggested that he wasn't disputing the decision. AJ Leitch-Smith had to be the sacrifice to restore a back four, with Nathan Smith switched as a centre-back whilst Alex Smith got 64 minutes to see how he could perform for the club, in only his second substitute appearance.
The home side had the man advantage, but still seemed fairly pedestrian in the way that they played the game. More chances came their way though - Conor Hourihane put one wide of the target, whilst Kiwomya had a shot deflected out for a corner. Then George Waring headed over the bar. Yeovil's chances were getting extremely rare, with James Berrett's shot from distance really the only one of note in the closing stages leading up to the break. However, despite the red card, the Glovers had looked fairly solid, albeit without much attacking intent at the other end.
Five minutes into the second period, Barnsley got the goal they needed, and the finger had to be pointed at the usually reliable Jed Steer. He came for a cross and Mason Holgate beat him to the ball, leaving both on the deck. That gave George Waring the chance to stab the ball home into an empty net for a 1-0 lead, and with a man advantage Barnsley were clearly in the driving seat.
That then set the scene for the second period. Barnsley playing a bit of keepball with the extra man meant that the Glovers found it very hard to build up any possible head of steam, yet in an odd way the home side never seemed to have the attitude of going for the jugular. Gary Johnson tried to ring the changes by bringing on Sam Hoskins and switching to an ambitious 3-4-2 with the ten men.
But any hopes they had of getting back into the game disappeared when referee Peter Bankes created controversy by awarding Barnsley a penalty 15 minutes from time. Conor Hourihane broke through and as he tried to get past Jed Steer the goalkeeper appeared to get to the ball first with his boot. Referee Bankes disagreed and pointed to the spot - thankfully only giving Steer a yellow card. Steer protested the penalty decision, but with the decision already made Hourihane dutifully slotted home to put the game out of sight at 2-0.
And that was basically that - Sam Hoskins shot from distance in the closing stages, but with the PA statistics claiming the Glovers didn't get a shot on target, they were never likely to get back into the match. The merciful bit was that they still remain five points clear of safety and so the numbers that need to be made up remain the same. But with Dawson and Gillett likely to be out for the long term, Nugent's stupidity putting him out until February, and the likes of Moloney, Clarke, Innis, Eaves and Martin off the wage bill since the turn of the year, the club are screaming out for new signings to be made. There needs to be some clear decisions made with respect to Yeovil Town's January recruitment plans to give them a chance of clawing back that gap.
Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Barnsley 2 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: George Waring (50 mins, 1-0), Conor Hourihane (75 mins, pen, 2-0)
1. Ross Turnbull
27. Mason Holgate 15. Jean-Yves Mvoto 16. Peter Ramage 20. George Smith
14. Paul Digby 36. Ben Pearson 8. Conor Hourihane 42. Andrew Alexander Kiwomya
33. Leroy Lita 41. George Waring
37. Milan Lalkovic (68 mins for Leroy Lita) 2. Reece Brown 4. Luke Berry 11. Dale Jennings (77 mins for Andrew Alexander Kiwomya) 12. Adam Davies 22. George Williams 25. Michael Phenix
30. Jed Steer
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 20. Ben Nugent 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 8. James Berrett 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 16. Nathan Ralph
13. Kieffer Moore
12. Artur Krysiak 9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins (67 mins for James Berrett) 21. Calvin Brooks 28. Alex Smith (28 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith)
Barnsley Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Sam Foley (foul, 28 mins), Jed Steer (foul, 74 mins), Joe Edwards (foul, 85 mins). Red Card: Ben Nugent (violent conduct, 26 mins).
Barnsley Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 4; Fouls: 11.
Referee: Peter Bankes (Merseyside). Assistant Referees: Matthew Dicicco (Cleveland) and Paul Hodskinson (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Ian Dudley (Nottinghamshire).
Attendance: 8,518 (with 156 Yeovil Town supporters).