Match Details: 06/10/2015
Yeovil Town 0-0 Coventry City
LDV Vans Trophy 2nd Round
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 5. Stephen Arthurworrey, 8. Marc Laird, 9. Ryan Bird, 11. Ryan Dickson, 20. Wes Fogden, 23. Harry Cornick, 24. Connor Roberts, 26. Jake Howells,
Subs: 10. Shaun Jeffers, 12. Chris Weale, 19. Iffy Allen, 27. Max Melanson, 28. Ollie Bassett
Yeovil Town went through to the Area Quarter-Finals of the Football League Trophy tonight after a penalty shoot-out was needed to defeat League One side Coventry City. The tie was drawn at 0-0 after 90 minutes, in a game in which the Sky Blues had created the greater share of the chances, but were unable to get past goalkeeper Artur Krysiak. The form of their keeper was to also prove crucial during the shoot-out itself, as the Glovers recorded a perfect set of penalties via Ryan Dickson, Ryan Bird, Jake Howells and Marc Laird. In between those Glovers kicks, Krysiak provided a one-handed save to deny Lateef Elford-Alliyu and then saved the ninth penalty in the shoot-out from Sam Ricketts, meaning that Yeovil's fifth taker didn't need to step up, winning 4-3 in the shoot-out.
Whilst many managers go for heavy rotation on their Football League Trophy line-ups, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock didn't tinker too much - making two changes that were pretty much forced. Josh Sheehan was away on international duty, whilst Jakub Sokolik had a dead leg from Saturday - that saw Jake Howells and Marc Laird come in for starts, with a defensive reshuffle seeing Nathan Smith operate as a centre-back for 90 minutes against a team that were sat in fifth place in League One.
The first half was largely about Coventry City - an early Connor Roberts shot that was blocked provided one of Yeovil's few efforts on goal. At the other end, Marcus Tudgay put one wide, before Jacob Murphy - scourge of the Yeovil defence last season whilst on Colchester's books - forced Artur Krysiak into his first save of the night. The same player created havoc when he dribbled his way past three Glovers defenders before setting up John Fleck, who fired into the side netting. Then Tudgay spurned Coventry's best chance of the half when Krysiak saved from around the penalty spot area. As the half wore on though, Coventry and Yeovil seemed to assume the tempo of a pre-season friendly, almost as if both teams were thinking ahead to their more important matches on the weekend. That suited the Glovers more than it did the visitors, given that it meant they surrendered the momentum they'd had in the game, whilst Yeovil had adopted rather too much hoof'n'hope, leaving Ryan Bird a bit of a spectator at times.
The second period though was a rather different picture and a more impressive one from a Yeovil point of view. Ryan Dickson shot wide before Matt Dolan put one well over the bar. Both comfortably wide of the target but it gave the Glovers rather more belief and a poor Jacob Murphy backpass almost let in Ryan Bird, with Sky Blues keeper Reice Charles-Cook having to scramble at the striker's feet to avert the danger. Then Connor Roberts and Harry Cornick drove up the flank on a counter-attack, exchanging passes before the full-back got in a shot that Charles-Cook had to parry away.
Gradually, the game began to fizzle out - perhaps surprisingly Yeovil decided to stick with the eleven players who had started the game, whilst Coventry blooded some youngsters - but that then gave the home side the greater experience going into the penalty kicks - a spectacle missed by Paul Sturrock as he decided to leave the dugouts and go and watch some television, rather than bear the spot kick drama! The breakthrough on that came after Ryan Dickson scored Yeovil's first spot kick, with Artur Krysiak producing an excellent one-handed save to keep out Lateef Elford-Alliyu, who had only been on the pitch during the final five minutes. Ryan Bird, Jake Howells and Marc Laird's penalties were perfect, and that then meant that the ninth penalty taker of the night had the pressure put on him. Sam Ricketts shot, and Krysiak produced his second save of the night, putting Yeovil through to the Quarter-Final stages. Hopefully, Sturrock will see how well Krysiak and Co dealt with it all, when he picks up his match DVD later on tonight!
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Coventry City 0.
Penalties: Marcus Tudgay (0-1), Ryan Dickson (1-1), Lateef Elford-Alliyu (SAVED), Ryan Bird (2-1). Jacob Murphy (2-2), Jake Howells (3-2), George Thomas (3-3), Marc Laird (4-3), Sam Ricketts (SAVED).
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 20. Wes Fogden 8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan 26. Jake Howells
9. Ryan Bird
12. Chris Weale 10. Shaun Jeffers 19. Iffy Allen 27. Max Melanson 28. Ollie Bassett
23. Reice Charles-Cook
17. Aaron Phillips 18. Sam Ricketts 21. Aaron Martin 26. Ryan Haynes
6. Conor Thomas 7. John Fleck 25. Jacob Murphy 11. Jim O'Brien
8. Ruben Lameiras 20. Marcus Tudgay
1. Lee Burge 16. Lateef Elford-Alliyu (85 mins for Jim O'Brien) 27. George Thomas (55 mins for Ruben Lameiras) 24. Ivor Lawton (76 mins for Conor Thomas) 15. Adam Jackson
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Coventry Bookings: None.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.
Coventry Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 7.
Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Colin Lymer (Hampshire). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).
Attendance: 1,605 (with 400 Coventry supporters).