Match Details: 28/02/2015
Scunthorpe United 1-1 Yeovil Town
Skybet League One
Yeovil Goals: Joel Grant (28)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Smith, 11. Sam Foley, 12. Artur Krysiak, 13. Kieffer Moore, 17. Joel Grant, 25. Gozie Ugwu, 26. Stephen Arthurworrey, 27. Byron Webster, 30. Josh Sheehan, 32. Liam Shephard, 35. Stephen Kingsley
Subs: 8. James Berrett, 9. James Hayter, 15. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 19. Liam Davis, 22. Gareth Stewart, 24. Craig Eastmond, 29. Adam Morgan,
Substitutes Used: Gareth Stewart for Artur Krysiak (36 mins), James Berrett for Joel Grant (69 mins), James Berrett for Kieffer Moore (79 mins)
Bookings: Sam Foley (Foul, 72)
Yeovil Town had to settle for a point at Glanford Park, despite Joel Grant scoring a goal in his first start for the club for three months. Having been out with a knee injury since November's trip to Notts County, the Jamaican international netted from close range after Gozie Ugwu's shot had been parried by Luke Daniels into Grant's path, putting the Glovers a goal up at the break. But on the hour mark, Scunthorpe substitute Hakeeb Adelakun scored an impressive solo goal to level the scores. Yeovil had to play an hour using goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart between the sticks after Artur Krysiak suffered a head injury, but Stewart proved he was up to the job when he saved Paddy Madden's 45th minute penalty kick, awarded after the former Glovers player was brought down by Byron Webster. The point keeps Yeovil deep in the relegation zone - six points away from safety and now with a four point gap between themselves and the 23rd placed club.
The Glovers went into the match making two tactical changes, as Kieffer Moore and Joel Grant were given starting places, with James Hayter and James Berrett making way. Whilst that could have been a like-for-like swap, it was actually a formation change, with Kieffer playing at the back, whilst Stephen Kingsley moved up into a left-wing position, with Grant taking the right-wing slot in a 5-4-1 formation. The eighteen players remained as per last week's match against Gillingham, with Nathan Ralph the only other squad member to travel.
The opening 25 minutes saw Scunthorpe slightly edge proceedings, albeit without troubling Artur Krysiak's goal. Former loanee Jordan Clarke shot wide, whilst George Evans shot from distance but saw his low attempt go wide. Then Byron Webster had to put in a superb sliding tackle inside his own box to stop Gary McSheffrey getting a shot on goal. That was followed by a Clarke cross which Paddy Madden headed wide of the goal.
As such when the goal came, it was against the run of play, and probably with Yeovil's first genuine chance of the game. Gozie Ugwu broke clear on goal, and when his strong shot was only parried by Luke Daniels, Joel Grant had an easy chance to grab the loose ball and put the Glovers a goal up after 28 minutes - a definite bonus given the balance of the game up until that point.
The Glovers suffered a blow just five minutes after that goal, when Artur Krysiak suffered a bad injury that forced him off the pitch. A Gary McSheffrey shot saw the Polish keeper make a brave save, but in the process a Scunthorpe boot landed against his head, and after a lengthy delay he was helped off the field, clearly concussed, and was to spend the rest of the afternoon visiting a local hospital to get himself checked out. Gareth Stewart went between the sticks - his first appearance for 18 months, having last appeared for the club in August 2013 in a Championship fixture against Birmingham City.
Putting your goalkeeping coach in goal might have been seen as a weakness, but Stewart wiped out any suggestions of that by making a penalty save during the six minutes of injury time that had been awarded for Krysiak's injury. Paddy Madden was brought down in the box by Byron Webster for a fairly clear spot kick, but when the former Glovers player stepped up to take his own spot kick, Stewart - who would have been up against Madden on the Yeovil training ground on countless occasions - saved the attempt with his legs, to give the Glovers the lead at the half time break.
The much delayed second half invoked further delays when Nathan Smith and Jordan Clarke went down after a clash of heads. Both were able to continue - Smith with a bandage to cover his injury - but it was to shape a further stop-start theme to the game. Scunthorpe had tried a few tactical changes after getting booed off at the break, putting Madden up front, having initially used him as a right-winger.
However, it was to be a home substitute that gave them an equalising goal. Hakeeb Adelakun needed just six minutes to impress the Iron fans after replacing Tom Hopper, and his solo run saw him create room past Kieffer Moore, and to fire a low drive into the back of the net that gave Gareth Stewart little chance. Scores tied on the hour mark and little more than the home side deserved on the overall balance of play.
Terry Skiverton responded by revamping his side's formation, pushing Kieffer Moore up front and restoring the 3-5-2 that has been used in recent games. Joel Grant - obviously lacking match fitness - was replaced by James Berrett, who acted as the more advanced of the midfielders. They could have gone ahead when Liam Shephard's low cross flashed into no-man's land, reaching Stephen Kingsley but his Swansea team-mate shot wide of the target.
Scunthorpe created the lion's share of the chances throughout the afternoon though. Paddy Madden had a shot blocked for a corner by a great Stephen Arthurworrey tackle. Then Jordan Clarke found the legs of Gareth Stewart stop his attempt to score against his former club, but the ball went out for a corner. The disappointment was how little Yeovil created at the other end, with the six minutes of second half injury time just fizzling out, with seemingly both sides being content to play out for the draw, when for the Glovers all three points were in reality needed. Six points short of safety - with goal difference at a disadvantage - wins are really needed for the Glovers right now, even if a draw against a much-improved Scunthorpe side would normally be a worthwhile result.
Link: 2014-15 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Scunthorpe United 1 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Joel Grant (0-1, 28 mins), Hakeeb Adelakun (1-1, 61 mins)
26. Luke Daniels
33. Jordan Clarke 37. Alex Davey 6. Niall Canavan 17. Conor Townsend
9. Paddy Madden 15. George Evans 22. Liam O'Neil 28. Gary McSheffrey
35. Isaiah Osbourne
34. Tom Hopper
4. Sean McAllister (90 mins for George Evans) 10. Kevin van Veen (84 mins for Gary McSheffrey) 16. Hakeeb Adelakun (55 mins for Tom Hopper) 25. Andrew Boyce 29. Kyle Wootton 32. Miguel Angel Llera 39. Joe Anyon
12. Artur Krysiak
32. Liam Shephard 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 27. Byron Webster 13. Kieffer Moore 3. Nathan Smith
17. Joel Grant 11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 35. Stephen Kingsley
25. Gozie Ugwu
22. Gareth Stewart (36 mins for Artur Krysiak) 8. James Berrett (69 mins for Joel Grant) 9. James Hayter (79 mins for Kieffer Moore) 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 19. Liam Davis 24. Craig Eastmond 29. Adam Morgan
Scunthorpe Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Sam Foley (foul, 72 mins)
Scunthorpe Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 3.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 1; Fouls: 10.
Referee: Rob Lewis (Shropshire). Assistant Referees: Gary Hilton (Lancashire) and Simon Mather (Manchester). Fourth Official: Wayne Grunnill (East Yorkshire).
Attendance: 3,783 (with 135 Yeovil supporters).