Match Details: 01/04/2017
Yeovil Town 0-2 Carlisle United
EFL League Two
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Liam Shephard, 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Bevis Mugabi, 7. Kevin Dawson, 9. Tom Eaves, 11. Ryan Dickson, 13. Francois Zoko, 16. Matt Butcher, 28. Ben Whitfield, 39. Shayon Harrison
Subs: 12. Jonny Maddison, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 19. Brandon Goodship, 22. Ollie Bassett, 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, 32. Tom James,
Substitutes Used: Tom James for Shayon Harrison (59 mins), Brandon Goodship for Tom Eaves (61 mins)
Yeovil Town slipped to a dismal defeat against Carlisle United this afternoon, as their home form stretched to six matches on home turf without a win. The Glovers were never really at the races, with John O'Sullivan's early header giving a Carlisle side that hadn't scored a goal in 701 minutes the lead. Matter were not helped when Ben Whitfield was red-carded for an elbow, meaning that when Reggie Lambe fired home a second a couple of minutes later, that wrapped up the game without the visitors needing to break too much of a sweat.
The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up. Midfielder Matt Dolan had ended up needing stitches in his ankle after a training ground injury, and so dropped out of the squad. Numerically his place was taken by Tom Eaves, although that obviously meant a formation reshuffle was needed with a 4-3-3 restored with Eaves providing the central role. On the bench, only six substitutes were named, with the usual situation of two loan players having to sit things out.
The game got off to a scrappy start, although Yeovil enjoyed what was to be their best spell of the game during the opening quarter hour. Kevin Dawson shot wide of the corner of the goal frame after Francois Zoko put him through. Then Ben Whitfield set up Tom Eaves who was close to the byline when he delivered a cross for Liam Shephard who headed straight at goalkeeper Mark Gillespie. In an ideal world, you'd want those two the other way around in the creative move, and that summed a lot of Yeovil's early play.
Yeovil's other problem was that they were giving away a glut of first half free kicks. Past meetings with Carlisle would tell anyone their strength has been converting from set pieces, so when Francois Zoko fouled Gary Liddle there was an obvious element of danger. Yeovil's defence were guilty of having switched off, and that was shown up when Reggie Lambe's quick free kick saw John O'Sullivan in far too much free space to plant a looping header beyond the reach of Artur Krysiak, and into the net for a 0-1 scoreline - breaking a run of 701 minutes since Carlisle had scored a goal.
Just before the goal - although it had little relevance to it - Yeovil had switched formations, moving into a 4-4-2 with Ben Whitfield and Shayon Harrison assuming the wide roles, whilst Francois Zoko and Tom Eaves played up front. Zoko and Eaves had their moments individually, but rarely seemed to be on the same wavelength as each other, as a scrappy game got even more scrappy. Danny Grainger accepted a lay-off from a Reggie Lambe free kick but put it wide. Referee Trevor Kettle was becomimg increasingly Kettlesque in his own approach to the game, although to his credit he preferred to talk to players at length rather than use his traditional array of cards. All of this served to slow play down, and the nearest Yeovil got to anything worthy was when Ben Whitfield's free kick during first half injury time was glanced by Tom Eaves, but without quite diverting it enough to get it on target.
More of the same during the second half appeared to be on the cards until an incident involving Ben Whitfield and Tom Miller. Given Whitfield's general temperament, it's unlikely he meant what he did, but his challenge for a ball appeared to land an elbow into Miller's face, and when the Carlisle players all rushed Whitfield in unison, whilst Miller lay prone on the deck, you knew what referee Kettle was going to do. In fairness it looked like one of his less controversial dismissals.
Down to ten men, what the Glovers didn't need was to concede another goal. Reggie Lambe had been the scourge of Yeovil when he scored an ultra-late winner for Mansfield Town last season. Now a Carlisle player, he cut in from the left flank that Artur Krysiak parried well, but unfortunately straight back into the path of the same player. With the keeper lying on the deck, Lambe fired the rebound into the roof of the net. 0-2 down.
The Glovers tried to reorganise, bringing on Tom James for Shayon Harrison, with the former Cardiff City man going into the left side of defence in a 3-4-2 formation, as Ryan Dickson and Liam Shephard were pushed into midfield. James could have been at the centre of massive controversy within minutes, after Michael Raynes had picked up an injury that left him clutching his knee after a collision with Michael Raynes. After a brief pause, goalkeeper Mark Gillespie slowly passed the ball out towards the touchline, but James either wasn't aware of the problem or felt stopping play wasn't justified. He intercepted the ball and curled in a cross that fellow substitute Brandon Goodship narrowly headed wide, leaving Carisle rather riled both with Yeovil players and with referee Kettle - not that he could have done a thing.
To their credit, Yeovil did have a couple of decent efforts in the closing stages with their ten men. Brandon Goodship cut in from the right flank and provided a shot that Gillespie could only parry onto his six yard line, with the shame being that no-one was there to follow-up on the rebound before the goalkeeper recovered. Then Francois Zoko shows wonderful control inside the box to stop the ball with his right foot and then fire a left footed shot just past the far post.
Unfortunately for Yeovil, moments like that were few and far between. And with the man disadvantage the worry was that they'd get caught on the break. Carlisle substitute Jamie Devitt almost got a third, but a superb clearance from Tom James, whose reflex header stopped the attempt, ensured things didn't get worse. The game ultimately fizzled out, with a late Ryan Dickson free kick that looked like he was trying to cross to the far post, but ended up getting a shot on target that had to be punched away, was as good as it got with Yeovil never looking like they had the conviction to get back into the game from the moment they went a goal down. The chorus of boos on the final whistle, and the odd bit of dissent aimed at the management team and at the boardroom showed exactly how frustrated the home support was at this performance.
Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 2.
Scorers: John O'Sullivan (16 mins, 0-1), Reggie Lambe (0-2, 55 mins)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 28. Ben Whitfield
39. Shayon Harrison 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko
Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship (61 mins for Tom Eaves) 22. Ollie Bassett 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 32. Tom James (59 mins for Shayon Harrison)
1 Mark Gillespie
23 Tom Miller 15 Shaun Brisley 5 Michael Raynes 3 Danny Grainger
11 John O'Sullivan 28 Gary Liddle 16 James Bailey 4 Luke Joyce 19 Reggie Lambe
9 Jamie Proctor
7 Jason Kennedy 14 Jabo Ibehre 17 Jamie Devitt (57 mins for Luke Joyce) 22 Max Crocombe 27 George Waring (61 mins for Jamie Proctor) 29 Junior Joachim 39 Samir Nabi
Yeovil Bookings: None. Red Card: Ben Whitfield (serious foul play, 54 mins)
Carlisle United Bookings: Luke Joyce (foul, 41 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 12.
Carlisle United Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 1; Fouls: 11.
Referee: Trevor Kettle (Leicestershire). Assistants: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Louis Marks (Hampshire).
Attendance: 3,145 (with 170 Carlisle United supporters).