Match Details: 25/02/2017
Notts County 0-0 Yeovil Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Liam Shephard, 4. Matthew Dolan, 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Bevis Mugabi, 7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 11. Ryan Dickson, 13. Francois Zoko, 16. Matt Butcher, 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro,
Subs: 9. Tom Eaves, 12. Jonny Maddison, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 19. Brandon Goodship, 28. Ben Whitfield, 32. Tom James, 39. Shayon Harrison
Substitutes Used: Tom Eaves for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (76 mins), Shayon Harrison for Francois Zoko (88 mins)
Bookings: Kevin Dawson (Foul, 45)
Yeovil Town and Notts County fought out a goalless draw at Meadow Lane this afternoon, in a game of ultra-few chances. The home side had efforts on goal from Jorge Grant and Mark Yeates during a first period that they largely dominated, but with their end product being easy enough for Artur Krysiak to deny them. However, after the break both teams seemed to dry up entirely, with it taking Yeovil 88 minutes until they managed an on target attempt - a near post effort from Alex Lawless was as close as either side came to breaking the deadlock in a game that lacked entertainment, but keeps the Glovers in 17th place in the table.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to the line-up that took to the field against Cheltenham at Whaddon Road. Darren Ward's knee problems continue to bother him, and he will be off to see a specialist next week. His place was taken by Alex Lacey, although there was also room in the back line for Bevis Mugabi, due to Tom Eaves sitting on the bench. That was because there was a radical formation change, with a 3-5-2 deployed for the first time under Darren Way's regime, abandoning the usual 4-3-3 formation for the day.
Those who were at Whaddon Road last week will recall an opening 45 minutes in which the ball spent a lot of time up in the air, and where there were few chances for either side to break the deadlock. This weekend's first period was more of the same, only thankfully on a much better playing surface. In a swirling wind, you didn't really want the ball going up in the air too much, but that was where it ended, with both sides a bit guilty of that.
Yeovil's chances during the half were limited to only two incidents - a Matt Dolan long ranger that went a good yard or two over the bar, followed by a Liam Shephard free kick that curled nicely enough but again was comfortably clear of the goal. Notts County had the truer efforts on goal, with Nottingham Forest loanee Jorge Grant forcing Artur Krysiak to save at his near post. Then a Mark Yeates shot from outside the box took a slight deflection, Krysiak still covering relatively easily. Aside from that, and a Grant effort that went over, most of the play was in the middle - County had the better chances, but nothing to get truly worried about.
The second half gave us more of the same - and if anything even less than that. Yeovil's new look back line had sometimes looked a bit vulnerable during the first period, particularly down Liam Shephard's flank where County were doubling men up to try to get space in that area. But in the second period, it seemed that avenue had been closed off, whilst any thoughts of Yeovil mounting an attack down the other end seemed to be minimal - Ryan Dickson looked dangerous in the way he often penetrated his flank, but the final ball was never there.
Tom Eaves was introduced for the final 14 minutes, whilst Spurs loanee Shayon Harrison got just two minutes to impress. Straight after Harrison's introduction, Yeovil got their one true decent chance of the entire game - an 89th minute shot by Alex Lawless on the near post, that was fairly easily parried by Adam Collin for a corner, but became significant as the club's one and only on-target shot of the match. In truth, neither side deserved to win - on the plus side it was an improvement on last week's defeat against Cheltenham, but on the minus side the new formation did little to suggest it was going to solve the club's problems in creating goalmouth chances at the other end of the pitch. The Glovers remain in 17th place, with current form now stretching to one win in 14 matches since early December. This game won't live long in the memory, at all.
Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Notts County 0 Yeovil Town 0.
1 Adam Collin
23 Josh Clackstone 18 Elliott Hewitt 6 Haydn Hollis 16 Marc Bola
17 Jorge Grant 8 Michael O'Connor 12 Robert Milsom 10 Mark Yeates
9 Shola Ameobi 30 Jon Stead
3 Carl Dickinson 4 Alan Smith 11 Jonathan Forte 13 Scott Loach 14 Tahvon Campbell (84 mins Mark Yeates) 15 Curtis Thompson 31 Thierry Audel
1. Artur Krysiak
6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 16. Matt Butcher
2. Liam Shephard 7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan 11. Ryan Dickson
31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 13. Francois Zoko
Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 9. Tom Eaves (76 mins for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro) 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 28. Ben Whitfield 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison (88 mins for Francois Zoko)
Notts County Bookings: Josh Clackstone (foul, 87 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 45 mins)
Notts County Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 10.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 2; Fouls: 10.
Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Anthony Moore (Manchester) and Nicholas Barnard (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire).
Attendance: 7,141 (with 200 Yeovil Town supporters).