Match Details: 17/01/2015
Yeovil Town 1-0 Bradford City
Skybet League One
Yeovil Goals: Gozie Ugwu (26)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Joe Edwards, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 11. Sam Foley, 13. Kieffer Moore, 15. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 16. Nathan Ralph, 18. Jamar Loza, 25. Gozie Ugwu, 26. Stephen Arthurworrey, 30. Jed Steer
Subs: 8. James Berrett, 9. James Hayter, 12. Artur Krysiak, 14. Sam Hoskins, 28. Alex Smith,
Substitutes Used: James Berrett for Jamar Loza (89 mins)
Bookings: Joe Edwards (Foul, 38), Jamar Loza (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 84)
Yeovil Town picked up their first win in six matches as they did the double over promotion-chasing Bradford City this afternoon at Huish Park. The Bantams had already been beaten at Valley Parade back in September, and they had an unhappy return back to Yorkshire as former Reading and Dunfermline Athletic striker Gozie Ugwu scored on his second debut for the club - latching on to a 26th minute Sam Foley free kick that Kieffer Moore - playing as a makeshift centre-back - knocked into his path. Bradford wasted a number of second half opportunities as they failed to seriously test Glovers keeper Jed Steer and the end result was that Yeovil created themselves a bit of daylight with three valuable points - leaving them three points away from the safety line tonight.
Team news saw both Gozie Ugwu and Norwich City loanee Jamar Loza make their debuts, playing up front in a 4-4-2. With Ben Nugent starting a four match suspension for his second red of the season, Kieffer Moore got the unusual job of acting as a makeshift centre-back as he partnered Stephen Arthurworrey. The other player to drop out of the side was James Berrett who sat on the bench to allow the change in formation. With Calvin Brooks having left the club for Weymouth and Nugent sat in the stands, the arrival of Ugwu and Loza didn't do a lot to increase the paper-thin numbers on the bench - five players for the second match running.
The game got off to a relatively quiet start - plenty of midfield battles but with both teams struggling to create clear chances. Of those the best fell to the Glovers - Seth Nana Twumasi fired over the bar from a Sam Foley free kick, then Gozie Ugwu also shot wide after Foley teamed up with him on a promising move. Nathan Ralph was then fed by Ugwu but found a defender in the way of his shot as the ball deflected for a corner. It took until midway through the half before either team managed a shot on target, with Norwich City loanee Jamar Loza forcing his way past a number of players before his shot was easily saved by Jordan Pickford in the Bradford goal.
Kieffer Moore was not being troubled too much in his centre-back spot, but of course he was one of the defenders that the Glovers could push up for set pieces. That became a big plus when he had a big hand in the opening goal of the game, scored on 26 minutes. Sam Foley's free kick was nodded on by the big striker, into the path of Gozie Ugwu, who chested the ball down and then fired home from a narrow angle from eight yards to put the Glovers 1-0 up and to put a bit of belief back into a Glovers side that had not scored at home in the League since October 18th.
Sam Foley almost immediately doubled Yeovil's lead as they suddenly got their tails up, collecting a loose ball then firing just wide of the target. Bradford had been slow to get into the match in any shape or form, but they gradually began to show what they were made of in the minutes leading up to half time - Stephen Darby forced Jed Steer into his first save of the match after Nathan Ralph lost possession inside his own half, whilst Billy Knott wasted two great chances - one that he shot over the crossbar to sarcastic cheers and then a header that also cleared the goalframe as a cross into the box saw him evade his markers. Perhaps those late chances would act as a warning for the what the play-off chasers could do during the second period.
Bradford's front pair had been well marshalled by the inexperienced duo of Kieffer Moore and Stephen Arthurworrey during the first period, but early in the second half a misdirected clearance by Moore allowed James Hanson a route through on goal, but like many Bradford players during the afternoon, he couldn't hit the target. Bradford made a double substitution, including the introduction of Francois Zoko as an attacker as they tried to unsettle the home side, but still the defence stood firm, with Bradford's main outlets coming when they allowed Yeovil to get themselves up field, and then try to hit them on the break - Mark Yeates again fired over on one such occasion.
Yeovil's chances were becoming few and far between as Gozie Ugwu - bandaged up after a headwound - and Jamar Loza's lack of match fitness began to show, and really it was only through rare chances from the likes of Sam Foley, whose long range shot was fumbled by Jordan Pickford and gathered at the second attempt - that suggested that they could extend that lead. But Bradford's shooting was way off form - a James Hanson header went wide from a cross when he would have been expected to land it on target. Then came the nervous moment during five minutes of injury time - a 94th minute free kick from Alan Sheehan, awarded after Kieffer Moore had naively pushed a Bradford attacker just outside the box. As the crowd held their breath, Sheehan curled it around the wall, but also curled it wide, and despite referee Darren Sheldrake extending the five minutes signalled up to six minutes, including one last corner for Bradford that allowed Pickford a chance to bomb into the opposition penalty area, the final whistle finally blew, giving Yeovil all three points in a home league match for the first time since last September. If Yeovil are to get out of trouble this season, that's the way to do it - gritty, physical, committed - and the closing of the gap between themselves and safety down to three points will tell them that anything is possible over the next 21 games.
Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Bradford City 0.
Scorers: Gozie Ugwu (1-0, 26 mins)
30. Jed Steer
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
10. AJ Leitch-Smith 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 16. Nathan Ralph
18. Jamar Loza 25. Gozie Ugwu
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett (89 mins for Jamar Loza) 9. James Hayter 14. Sam Hoskins 28. Alex Smith
1. Jordan Pickford
2. Stephen Darby 5. Andrew Davies 23. Rory McArdle 3. James Meredith
20. Filipe Morais 11. Billy Knott 25. Andy Halliday 8. Gary Liddle
9. James Hanson 16. Jonathan Stead
4. Matthew Dolan 6. Alan Sheehan (87 mins for Andrew Davies) 12. Ben Williams 13. Francois Zoko (59 mins for Jonathan Stead) 14. Mark Yeates (59 mins for Andy Halliday) 17. Jason Kennedy 18. Christopher Routis
Yeovil Bookings: Joe Edwards (foul, 38 mins), Jamar Loza (delaying free kick, 84 mins)
Bradford Bookings: James Hanson (foul, 20 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 62%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 11.
Bradford Match Statistics: Possession: 38%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 17.
Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey). Assistant Referees: Adam Bromley (Devon) and Andrew Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire).
Attendance: 4,009 (with 452 Bradford City supporters).