Match Details: 19/12/2015
Leyton Orient 1-1 Yeovil Town
Skybet League Two
Yeovil Goals: Francois Zoko (45)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 6. Jakub Sokolík, 10. Shaun Jeffers, 11. Ryan Dickson, 12. Chris Weale, 19. Iffy Allen, 24. Connor Roberts, 26. Darren Ward, 30. Josh Sheehan, 39. Francois Zoko
Subs: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Ben Tozer, 9. Ryan Bird, 14. Jack Compton, 21. Alex Lacey, 22. Mark Beck, 25. Christian Maghoma,
Substitutes Used: Ryan Bird for Iffy Allen (79 mins), Ben Tozer for Josh Sheehan (79 mins), Alex Lacey for Francois Zoko (90 mins)
Bookings: Jakub Sokolík (Foul, 60)
Yeovil Town were pegged back at Brisbane Road, as a Jobi McAnuff long range strike denied them all three points. In an end-to-end competitive match, the Glovers had held the advantage after they dominated proceedings during the first half, getting their goal right before the break as Francois Zoko headed home a Josh Sheehan cross following defensive confusion from the O's. During the second half, the home side were frequently barracked by their home fans, but those supporters were cheering when substitute McAnuff changed the tone of the game, producing a 30 yard piledriver with 16 minutes remaining to give the home side the upper hand during the closing stages and leave the Glovers having to settle for a point - with York City winning their match against Morecambe, that saw them leapfrog the Glovers - thankfully Dagenham and Redbridge's heavy home defeat to Bristol Rovers saw them sink to the foot of the table.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their side after both Wes Fogden and Harry Cornick dropped out of the squad due to injury. Their positions in the side were taken by Iffy Allen and Nathan Smith, who both took up wing positions. That allowed Mark Beck and Jack Compton the opportunity to sit on the bench to complete the squad.
The first half was a scrappy nervy affair, with both sides struggling to find their feet, but over the course of time it became obvious that Yeovil were having the majority of the chances on goal, albeit with many of them being from long range. Josh Sheehan had a 20 yarder easily saved, whilst a Matt Dolan free kick was not quite hit well enough to truly trouble Alex Cisak. More dangerous though was a Ryan Dickson cross that found Iffy Allen coming in on the opposite flank, but the winger was stretching a bit too much to keep his shot down.
Orient's home fans were gradually getting more and more frustrated at their team's ability to reach the final third and not quite know what to do with it, despite playing the game with three forward-thinking players. Their decision-making was emphasised by a Scott Kashket effort from a narrow angle where it wasn't too clear whether he was intended to fire a shot on goal or a cross - in the end it turned into a fairly tame lob over the bar. The Glovers began to take proper control of the match and did have the ball in the back of the net via Darren Ward, although it was clearly not going to count with Francois Zoko having handballed during the build-up. At the other end, Blair Turgott had a shot deflected for a corner after Jay Simpson found him, but still the feeling was that Yeovil had the edge.
With the game moving into first half injury time, Orient had to prepare a stretcher for a bad looking injury to Jack Payne, but were unable to get replacement Ollie Palmer onto the pitch in time for the change to be made. Yeovil capitalised on that moment as a Iffy Allen attack appeared to be broken up by the home side, but Bradley Pritchard and Frazer Shaw made a hash of dealing with the ball, effectively gifting the ball back to Josh Sheehan. He fed Francois Zoko who netted his third goal in two games to put the Glovers a goal up, appearing to pick up an injury during the celebrations that pushed the half out to six minutes added time. It was an even half, but Yeovil had been the more incisive in the final third with their attempts on goal, with Chris Weale having little to do at the other end.
The second period was a more even affair, although both sides struggled to get any sort of shots on goal until Orient began to bring on substitutes, with one key introduction being Jobi McAnuff. Orient top goalscorer Jay Simpson put over the crossbar from 25 yards out but that was little more than they managed, with home supporters loudly voicing their displeasure by chanting "We're f***ing bored" whilst holding up their mobile phones as flashlights, showing dissent against their manager Ian Hendon whose team have been going through a sticky period.
One player who was looking like a bright spark though was that substitute Jobi McAnuff. He produced a stunning striker with 16 minutes remaining - a 30 yarder that whizzed past Chris Weale and suddenly lifted the home crowd, taking the match to 1-1 and inevitably ensuring the home supporters put down their mobile phones and hoped they could get a winner. Yeovil suddenly looked edgy for the first time in the match, with a Lloyd James cross seeing Jay Simpson put a chance wide, whilst Josh Sheehan had to concede a yellow card to stop another McAnuff run.
That man McAnuff shot just wide of the target during the closing stages, and then in second half injury time, Chris Weale produced a superb save to block out a Bradley Pritchard shot inside the box, with the follow-up from Ollie Palmer being snuffed out by a defender. Thankfully there was no late drama, with mixed feelings at the final whistle. For an hour of the game, the Glovers could have easily come back with the win, but the introduction of McAnuff for the home side was hugely influential, and in the end Yeovil would probably be glad to take a point - emphasised by Darren Way's final minute introduction of Alex Lacey for the tiring Francois Zoko to ensure the injury time minutes were blocked out.
Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Francois Zoko (0-1, 45 mins), Jobi McAnuff (1-1, 74 mins)
1. Alex Cisak
6. Mathieu Baudry 15. Jean-Yves Mvoto 20. Cole Kpekawa 3. Frazer Shaw
18. Bradley Pritchard 8. Lloyd James 12. Jack Payne
17. Blair Turgott 27. Jay Simpson 19. Scott Kashket
4. Connor Essam 5. Alan Dunne 9. Oliver Palmer (45 mins for Jack Payne) 11. Jobi McAnuff (55 mins for Scott Kashket) 21. Charlie Grainger 23. Freddy Moncur 26. Victor Adeboyejo (86 mins for Blair Turgott)
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
19. Iffy Allen 4. Matt Dolan 30. Josh Sheehan 3. Nathan Smith
39. Francois Zoko 10. Shaun Jeffers
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 2. Ben Tozer (79 mins for Josh Sheehan) 9. Ryan Bird (79 mins for Iffy Allen) 14. Jack Compton 21. Alex Lacey (90 mins for Francois Zoko) 22. Mark Beck 25. Christian Maghoma
Orient Bookings: Lloyd James (foul, 88 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Jakub Sokolik (foul, 60 mins)
Orient Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 10.
Referee: Lee Swabey (Devon). Assistants: Matt Corlett (Liverpool) and Anthony Serrano (Hertfordshire). Fourth Official: Robert Mackay (Bedfordshire).
Attendance: 4,686 (with 280 Yeovil supporters).