Match Details: 04/03/2017
Yeovil Town 0-4 Luton 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, 28. Ben Whitfield, 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro,
Subs: 9. Tom Eaves, 12. Jonny Maddison, 16. Matt Butcher, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 19. Brandon Goodship, 32. Tom James, 39. Shayon Harrison
Substitutes Used: Shayon Harrison for Ben Whitfield (62 mins), Tom Eaves for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (67 mins), Brandon Goodship for Matthew Dolan (82 mins)
Bookings: Kevin Dawson (Foul, 35), Alex Lawless (Foul, 58)
Yeovil Town suffered their worst defeat of the 2016-17 season this afternoon, after promotion-chasing Luton Town easily picked them off, as they gained a 4-0 away win. The Glovers were second best for much of the match, with Hatters top scorer Danny Hylton getting a first half brace - the first was an early penalty after Bevis Mugabi had fouled inside the box, whilst the second came on the counter-attack from a Yeovil corner. A Glen Rea header from a free kick gave Luton their third, whilst Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu was given far too much space five minutes from the end to rifle home Luton's fourth and leave Yeovil with just one win in their last 16 league fixtures.
The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up with two loan strikers swapping around. Barnet's Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro came in for Tottenham Hotspur's Shayon Harrison, and that was the only change in the eighteen, with Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga and Swansea City loanee Owain Jones sat in the stands for the fourth game running as the club's excess loanees. In the opposition side, former loanee Jordan Cook started, whilst Lawson D'Ath was on the bench.
Yeovil needed a good start to deal with statistics that had seen them fail to score in the previous three matches. But they didn't get it - seven minutes into the match, Bevis Mugabi challenged Isaac Vassell inside the box and referee Kevin Johnson pointed to the spot. Some fans felt Mugabi had got the ball, but it looked as though he'd gone through Vassell to get it, and Danny Hylton's spot kick was smartly chipped over the diving Artur Krysiak and down the centre of the goal for a 0-1 scoreline.
Unsurprisingly, the Glovers looked rattled, and Luton's style of play seemed to upset them with Hylton in particular king of the wind-ups, particularly in the way he had chosen to celebrate his penalty in front of Yeovil Town supporters. Unfortunately players seemed to be getting suckered into that, instead of playing their own game. From a Luton corner it was nearly 2-0 but Glen Rea's header found Liam Shephard well positioned on the goal post to clear the ball off the line.
Scott Cuthbert put a shot over the bar from a Glen Rea cut-back, as the visitors dominated the first 20 minutes or so. Yeovil seemed to be just about starting to find their feet in the game, but slack defending from their own corner saw them fall further behind. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro had stretched acrobatically for a shot, and that was followed up by a series of corners that saw Francois Zoko have an attempt from a Matt Dolan set piece deflect wide. Unfortunately when Ben Whitfield's corner from the other side was cleared up field by Luton, Danny Hylton burst through behind the stretched defensive line, and confidently finished for a 0-2 scoreline.
Yeovil weren't helped by the officials, but they also weren't helped by themselves, with the first half looking a little bit like wise old men playing naive inexperienced boys at times. On the odd occasion the ball reached the two forwards, Luton's defence was well organised enough to clear, with Stephen O'Donnell on hand to stop a Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro into the danger zone going much further than the six yard line. The same striker produced a diving header early in the second period as they looked for the goal that would get them back into the game but it went wide.
Luton were far far more clinical though. Ten minutes into the second half, an Alan Sheehan free kick was sent to the back post, and Glen Rea was available to head home in an emphatic style, for the killer 0-3 scoreline. It was only then that Darren Way chose to change what was a largely floundering Yeovil side, with Shayon Harrison replacing Ben Whitfied, whilst Akpa Akpro coming off for Tom Eaves, although in truth with the game already gone that did little to fix the balance of the game, even if Yeovil switched to a 4-3-3 as a result.
Yeovil's best chance of the game came from another one of Ryan Dickson's strong pinpoint crosses. His ball into the area forced Matt Macey into an outstanding save from a Shayon Harrison shot on goal, with the ball parried away for a corner. From that set piece Bevis Mugabi put wide, and Yeovil seemed to gradually dry up in terms of their opportunities, with Luton content to sit back on their lead.
In the closing stages, Luton capitalised on a demoralised looking Yeovil side. Holding midfielder Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu made a rare break forward, and he was given way too much space on the edge of the box, and cut inside to fire home from the edge of the box for Luton's fourth of the day. That was the cue for the fans to stream out of the ground, with those remaining inside the ground making their feelings known on the final whistle, on a day where there was a large gap between both skill and organisation between the two teams.
Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Luton Town 4.
Scorers: Danny Hylton (0-1, 7 mins), Danny Hylton (0-2, 31 mins), Glen Rea (0-3, 55 mins), Pelly Ruddock Mpanzu (0-4, 85 mins)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
8. Alex Lawless
28. Ben Whitfield 7. Kevin Dawson 4. Matt Dolan
31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 13. Francois Zoko
Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 9. Tom Eaves (67 mins for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro) 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship (82 mins for Matt Dolan) 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison (62 mins for Ben Whitfield)
13 Matt Macey
2 Stephen O'Donnell 6 Scott Cuthbert 16 Glen Rea 44 Alan Sheehan
17 Pelly Ruddock
7 Jake Gray 4 Jonathan Smith
10 Jordan Cook
9 Danny Hylton 20 Isaac Vassell
1 Stuart Moore 3 Dan Potts (66 mins for Jake Gray) 5 John Mullins 14 Jack Marriott (76 mins for Danny Hylton) 24 Lawson D'Ath 28 Ollie Palmer (69 mins for Isaac Vassell) 36 James Justin
Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 35 mins), Alex Lawless (foul, 58 mins)
Luton Town Bookings: Jonathan Smith (foul, 44 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 10; Fouls: 11.
Luton Town Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 10; Fouls: 11.
Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistants: Louis Marks (Hampshire) and Andrew Quin (Devon). Fourth Official: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).
Attendance: 4,194 (with 698 Luton Town supporters).