Match Details: 23/02/2016
Yeovil Town 0-0 Plymouth Argyle
Skybet League Two
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Ben Tozer, 4. Matthew Dolan, 6. Jakub Sokolík, 11. Ryan Dickson, 16. Tahvon Campbell, 19. Brandon Goodship, 24. Connor Roberts, 25. Liam Walsh, 26. Darren Ward, 39. Francois Zoko
Subs: 8. Marc Laird, 9. Ryan Bird, 12. Chris Weale, 18. Simon Gillett, 21. Alex Lacey, 23. Harry Cornick,
Substitutes Used: Ryan Bird for Tahvon Campbell (59 mins), Harry Cornick for Brandon Goodship (79 mins), Simon Gillett for Liam Walsh (90 mins)
Bookings: Matthew Dolan (Foul, 50), Tahvon Campbell (Foul, 51), Connor Roberts (Foul, 75)
Yeovil Town had to settle for a goalless draw against high-flying Plymouth Argyle tonight, but once again found themselves matching more illustrious opposition on home turf. The Glovers may be struggling at the wrong end of League Two, but like Saturday's game against Portsmouth, they did more than enough to scare their promotion-chasing opponents, dominating a high-octane first half that saw chances for Brandon Goodship and Tahvon Campbell go wide of the target. Argyle came back into the match after the break to turn the second period into a more even nervy encounter, but despite that Yeovil carved out enough chances, with Goodship's shot saved by Luke McCormick probably the pick of the bunch as he was denied from close range. Both teams had to settle for a point - a draw that puts Yeovil above the relegation line on goal difference after York City lost at home to Northampton Town.
The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up and it was a straight swap of two AFC Bournemouth loanees. Harry Cornick had been slightly under the weather with an illness between the Saturday and Tuesday games, and so he dropped out with Brandon Goodship replacing him to get his first ever Football League start. On the opposition teamsheet, former Glovers striker Reuben Reid took his place, but for the second meeting between the two clubs, he had to settle for a place on the bench, having struggled to grab a starting point in Argyle's in-form team.
The game got off to an absolute flyer. On occasions this season, Yeovil Town have been found guilty of sluggish starts that have set the tone of the game, but on this occasion the opposite was true as they attacked Argyle at a frantic pace. Brandon Goodship, making his first start as a professional first team player, had one shot blocked and another sent wide early on, whilst Matt Dolan saw another attempt blocked by the legs of an Argyle defender. It took nearly 20 minutes for Argyle to find their feet as Ryan Brunt's knockdown into the path of Graham Carey saw their first shot go wide of the target.
With Everton loanee Liam Walsh pulling the strings in midfield, Argyle looked anything but promotion contenders before the break, and the 18 year old set up another one of the loan pack, with Baggies striker Tahvon Campbell getting through but with the eventual effort going wide of goal. This was probably the main criticism of the overall 45 minutes, in that for all of the fluent play and interchange between the players, and the number of times the Plymouth defence got stretched, that the final shot didn't do enough to worry Luke McCormick once they got inside the penalty box.
Argyle had picked up a couple of bookings in the lead-up to the break as their desperation in stopping the Glovers runs turned to more illegal ways and methods. Jordon Forster had endured a particularly torrid half, and he was replaced at the break by right-back Kelvin Mellor. Perhaps the Glovers hadn't read the tactical change too well, as Mellor ghosted in and nearly scored within a minute of his appearance onto the pitch. This gave Plymouth their strongest period of the game, as for a fifteen minute spell they held the upper hand, and the fear was this might turn into the proverbial game of two halves.
Ryan Bird was brought on for better aerial prescence up front, replacing Tahvon Campbell and seeing Francois Zoko occupy one of the wider forward positions. On the hour mark, Brandon Goodship almost got in as he anticipated a poor back header by an Argyle defender, but Luke McCormick saved well from close range and Goodship couldn't dig out the rebound. Then Bird headed over the bar from a Connor Roberts cross and that began to restore some balance to the second half.
During the closing stages, there was a spot of stupidity as two Argyle supporters threw coloured smoke devices onto the pitch, leading to a lengthy delay that was ultimately responsible for much of the six minutes of injury time, as Artur Krysiak had to temporarily leave his own goal area to steer himself clear of the smoke at that end. When play restarted, it didn't really help the momentum of the game, although with two minutes to go, Krysiak was forced into one of his few saves of the game with a looping header that he pushed over the bar. At the other end Jakub Sokolik was the surprise recipient of a loose ball from a free kick but his shot went wide, and that meant both sides had to settle for a point each. In truth although there was much excitement in a fast-pace game, both goalkeepers weren't as tested as they probably should have been from the open play. That will probably please Darren Way more than Derek Adams, particularly as it helped his side climb above the relegation zone in the process, on the back of two points from two games they might not have expected too much from leading into the weekend just gone.
Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 0.
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
19. Brandon Goodship 39. Francois Zoko 16. Tahvon Campbell
12. Chris Weale (GK) 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird (59 mins for Tahvon Campbell) 18. Simon Gillett (90 mins for Liam Walsh) 21. Alex Lacey 23. Harry Cornick (79 mins for Brandon Goodship)
23. Luke McCormick
28. Jordon Forster 6. Peter Hartley 5. Curtis Nelson 3. Gary Sawyer
4. Carl McHugh 26. Oscar Threlkeld
14. Jake Jervis 10. Graham Carey 11. Gregg Wylde
17. Ryan Brunt
2. Kelvin Mellor (46 mins for Jordon Forster) 7. Daniel Nardiello 8. Josh Simpson 9. Reuben Reid (65 mins for Gregg Wylde) 16. Ben Purrington 21. James Bittner 27. Craig Tanner
Yeovil Bookings: Matt Dolan (foul, 50 mins), Tahvon Campbell (foul, 51 mins), Connor Roberts (foul, 75 mins)
Plymouth Bookings: Curtis Nelson (foul, 34 mins), Jordon Forster (foul, 37 mins), Peter Hartley (foul, 73 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 8; Fouls: 13.
Plymouth Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 14.
Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey). Assistants: Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and John Law (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).
Attendance: 5,788 (with 2,133 Plymouth supporters).