Match Details: 24/01/2015
Yeovil Town 0-0 Coventry City
Skybet League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Joe Edwards, 11. Sam Foley, 13. Kieffer Moore, 15. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 18. Jamar Loza, 25. Gozie Ugwu, 26. Stephen Arthurworrey, 28. Alex Smith, 30. Jed Steer, 32. Liam Shephard
Subs: 8. James Berrett, 9. James Hayter, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 12. Artur Krysiak, 14. Sam Hoskins, 16. Nathan Ralph,
Substitutes Used: AJ Leitch-Smith for Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi (56 mins), Nathan Ralph for Alex Smith (66 mins), James Hayter for Jamar Loza (82 mins)
Bookings: Stephen Arthurworrey (Foul, 20)
Yeovil Town extended their unbeaten run to three games this afternoon, but had to settle for a 0-0 draw against Coventry City. The two clubs cancelled each other out in a drab first half, with the game only livening up during the second period, after referee Andy Haines judged that Seth Nana Twumasi had fouled Reda Johnson for a penalty. Jed Steer saved Yeovil a point though when he pushed Gary Madine's spot kick for a corner. The Glovers were guilty of missing the target a couple of times, notably when Norwich City loanee Jamar Loza put over the crossbar from inside the box, whilst they had their own penalty appeals turned down late on when AJ Leitch-Smith took a push inside the box from Reda Johnson. Referee Haines chose not to award a second spot kick meaning that the game ended goalless, although the point was good enough to lift Yeovil off the bottom of the table.
Following Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Preston North End in midweek, the Glovers chose to retain an unchanged starting line-up, with the only alterations being on the bench. Goalkeeper coach Gareth Stewart shuffled slightly to only perform his coaching duties, whilst AJ Leitch-Smith returned to the line-up, having suffered minor knocks that kept them out of Tuesday night's trip. In the opposition line-up, Aaron Martin made his first return to the club since his spell at Huish Park was ended.
The opening 45 minutes of the match could be summed up fairly swiftly. Neither side really threatened each others goals to any great extent, with Coventry flooding the midfield with five men, and trying to soak up any Yeovil play, using Frank Nouble and Simeon Jackson to break in wide positions if they did gain possession. The few chances saw a Jordan Willis free kick go over the bar, whilst Frank Nouble's shot was deflected off a blocking Kieffer Moore for a corner. It was only in the closing stages of the half that the Glovers began to get a foothold, with Jamar Loza having a couple of attempts blocked, followed by Joe Edwards also finding Coventry defenders in the way of his attempt. Alex Smith actually did get a shot as far as the Coventry goal line but his attempt went wide of the target. Yeovil were the team growing into the match as the half time whistle blew, but in truth neither Jamie Jones nor Jed Steer had a lot to do before the break.
Six minutes into the second period, Yeovil appeared to have suffered a significant set-back when Seth Nana Twumasi was judged to have fouled Reda Johnson inside the box. It seemed a soft decision but referee Andy Haines pointed to the spot. Unfortunately for penalty taker Gary Madine, he was to find Aston Villa loanee Jed Steer in his way, with the keeper making a superb flying save for a corner and to keep the scoreline blank. Madine admitted after the game that he had changed his mind during his run-up after a bit of mind games from Yeovil players who had called to Steer to tell him which way he was going to plant the penalty.
That livened up what had been a slightly subdued Huish Park crowd, who sensed that was the break their side needed. Their team should have gone ahead when Jamar Loza got himself two excellent chances in quick succession - one after right-back Liam Shephard set him up with Jamie Jones saving from a corner, and then another after Coventry failed to clear their lines after that set piece, with the Norwich City striker firing over the bar from around 12 yards out.
Coventry changed their formation by bringing on Marcus Tudgay as a second striker with 20 minutes remaining and the pattern of the game slightly swung back in favour of the Sky Blues, with John Fleck pulling the strings in midfield - he fired over the crossbar from one such move. But the Glovers felt that they should have had their own penalty when Reda Johnson appeared to give AJ Leitch-Smith a shove in the back when a Nathan Ralph cross was put into the area. The home terrace appealed loudly but referee Haines was unmoved - possibly he ducked out of the decision because the Glovers striker stayed on his feet rather than making a meal of it.
There was just about enough time for Kieffer Moore to put a shot wide from a Joe Edwards cross before the referee blew on a relatively even match, in which both sides struggled to hit the target across the 90 minutes. On the plus side, Crawley Town's defeat at Fleetwood meant that Yeovil Town finished the day off the bottom of the table, but wins for Colchester United and Crewe Alexandra opened up a four point gap to the safety line. The Glovers must look at the bigger picture - five points from three games and only one goal conceded is not the form of a relegation side - if they can build on that across a longer period of time they will close that gap again.
Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Coventry City 0.
30. Jed Steer
32. Liam Shephard 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
15. Seth Nana Twumasi 11. Sam Foley 4. Joe Edwards 28. Alex Smith
18. Jamar Loza 25. Gozie Ugwu
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett 9. James Hayter (82 mins for Jamar Loza) 10. AJ Leitch-Smith (56 mins for Seth Nana Twumasi) 14. Sam Hoskins 16. Nathan Ralph (66 mins for Alex Smith)
23. Jamie Jones
2. Jordan Willis 21. Aaron Martin 4. Andy Webster 5. Reda Johnson
19. Frank Nouble 11. Jim O'Brien 7. John Fleck 27. Jack Finch 12. Simeon Jackson
8. Gary Madine
1. Lee Burge 6. Conor Thomas 10. Danny Swanson 15. Shaun Miller 16. Adam Barton 20. Marcus Tudgay (71 mins for Simeon Jackson) 26. Ryan Haynes
Yeovil Bookings: Stephen Arthurworrey (20 mins, foul)
Coventry Bookings: None.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.
Coventry Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 6; Fouls: 7.
Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne & Wear). Assistant Referees: Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Christopher Wade (Hampshire).
Attendance: 4,422 (with 538 Coventry supporters).