Match Details: 10/03/2015
Yeovil Town 0-3 Bristol City
Skybet League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Smith, 11. Sam Foley, 13. Kieffer Moore, 17. Joel Grant, 21. Scott Loach, 25. Gozie Ugwu, 26. Stephen Arthurworrey, 27. Byron Webster, 30. Josh Sheehan, 31. Adam Morgan, 32. Liam Shephard
Subs: 8. James Berrett, 9. James Hayter, 10. AJ Leitch-Smith, 12. Artur Krysiak, 14. Sam Hoskins, 15. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, 24. Craig Eastmond,
Substitutes Used: James Hayter for Kieffer Moore (50 mins), James Berrett for Sam Foley (70 mins)
Bookings: Stephen Arthurworrey (Foul, 68)
Yeovil Town suffered a 0-3 home defeat at Huish Park tonight as three second half goals saw runaway League One leaders Bristol City gain a comfortable victory. Despite going in at the break still level, it was two early second half goals that killed the Glovers off, with both being scored by former Glovers. Kieran Agard converted Joe Bryan's cross from close range, whilst two minutes later Luke Freeman produced a smart strike from a Mark Little cross. The match was sealed four minutes from time when a poor defensive clearance was punished by George Saville's return shot to leave the Glovers still bottom, and now an extra point adrift.
Having seen a myriad of formation changes and personnel changes during Terry Skiverton's short reign, there was a first - an unchanged starting eleven, and an unchanged bench. Joe Edwards and Stephen Kingsley weren't quite ready enough to return from their injuries, and so the Glovers boss kept faith with the team that had beaten Oldham Athletic on the weekend. They lined up against a Bristol City side which contained four former Glovers players - Luke Ayling, Luke Freeman, Korey Smith and Kieran Agard have all formed a key part of the Robins starting line-up this season.
The first half saw Bristol City edge the game in terms of the chances created by the two sides. Whilst Adam Morgan had a shot blocked by Derrick Williams, which Joel Grant eventually forced for a corner, but at the other end City went close when good work by Luke Freeman on the wing saw Stephen Arthurworrey have to clear a Korey Smith shot off the line. Then a Marlon Pack free kick squeezed through a defensive wall, fortunately to find Scott Loach alert enough to save the shot despite him being blind to the shot. An Aaron Wilbraham header went over the bar, meaning that when the half time whistle blew, the visitors hadn't really threatened Loach's goal too much, but on the other hand Yeovil had probably done even less at the other end.
Having held the league leaders relatively well for the first 45 minutes, doubtless the half time message would have been 'keep it tight' - if that was the case it wasn't heeded. Two minutes after the restart Adam Morgan failed to close down Joe Bryan in a wide position as the wing-back moved forward, and his cross found Kieran Agard from close range who broke the deadlock between the two teams.
Just two minutes later, the lead was doubled from the opposite flank, as Mark Little got possession on the right. His cross into the box picked up Luke Freeman and the striker, who had been on loan at Huish Park as a teenager whilst on the books of Arsenal, doubled Bristol City's lead - from level pegging to 0-2 down within four minutes of the restart was not part of the gameplan.
Kieffer Moore was immediately replaced by James Hayter, with the tall striker having struggled to get into the game. Hayter got into a couple of good positions and really should have pulled a goal back when Joel Grant's cross found him, but the experienced striker headed wide of the target. Whilst Kieran Agard headed wide for City, Yeovil created a few more chances than they'd done in the first period - Adam Morgan hadn't threatened too much during the first period, but he produced a long range effort that Frank Fielding had to tip away for a corner. Then Hayter fired wide after he'd given himself room away from Luke Ayling, but fired his shot just wide of the target.
But City had enough quality in their side to show why they are now 13 points clear at the top of the division, with Scott Loach having to save from Kieran Agard's shot. And with four minutes remaining the points were sealed when a poor defensive clearance from Byron Webster landed in the path of Bristol City substitute George Saville, who confidently dispatched the ball past Loach for the third and final goal of the game. That guaranteed Yeovil stayed bottom of the table tonight, and with Coventry City gaining a home point in their game against Bradford, they have an extra point gap open up in the League table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Bristol City 3.
Scorers: Kieran Agard (0-1, 47 mins), Luke Freeman (0-2, 49 mins), George Saville (0-3, 86 mins)
21. Scott Loach
32. Liam Shephard 27. Byron Webster 26. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith
31. Adam Morgan 11. Sam Foley 30. Josh Sheehan 17. Joel Grant
25. Gozie Ugwu 13. Kieffer Moore
12. Artur Krysiak 8. James Berrett (70 mins for Sam Foley) 9. James Hayter (50 mins for Kieffer Moore) 10. AJ Leitch-Smith 14. Sam Hoskins 15. Seth Nana Twumasi 24. Craig Eastmond
1. Frank Fielding 2. Mark Little 3. Derrick Williams 4. Aden Flint 7. Korey Smith 22. Luke Ayling 21. Marlon Pack 23. Joe Bryan 15. Luke Freeman 19. Kieran Agard 18. Aaron Wilbraham
8. Wade Elliott 10. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas 11. Scott Wagstaff (90 mins for Korey Smith) 12. George Saville (73 mins for Luke Freeman) 13. Dave Richards 17. Greg Cunningham (64 mins for Joe Bryan) 24. James Tavernier
Yeovil Bookings: Stephen Arthurworrey (foul, 68 mins)
Bristol City Bookings: None.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 15.
Bristol City Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 3; Fouls: 9.
Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Assistant Referees: Brian Durie (Gloucestershire) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).
Attendance: 6,591 (with 2,088 Bristol City supporters).