Match Details: 08/08/2017
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Yeovil Town
Carling Cup First Round
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Daniel Alfei, 3. Nathan Smith, 7. Otis Khan, 8. Connor Smith, 9. Rhys Browne, 11. Ryan Dickson, 13. Francois Zoko, 16. James Bailey, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 23. Tom James,
Subs: 5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Keston Davies, 10. Jake Gray, 12. Jonny Maddison, 14. Sam Surridge, 24. Olufela Olomola, 30. Alefe Santos
Substitutes Used: Sam Surridge for Francois Zoko (55 mins), Olufela Olomola for Otis Khan (66 mins), Jake Gray for Connor Smith (81 mins)
Yeovil Town went out of the League Cup at the First Round stage on Tuesday night as Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers beat them by a single goal. Whilst the Glovers' defence was a leaky sieve at at Kenilworth Road on Saturday, they were particularly resolute at Molineux and it took until the 76th minute before Nouha Dicko broke the deadlock by heading home from a corner. Yeovil created very few chances of their own, but had a chance to steal the tie earlier in the second half when substitute Sam Surridge shot wide from inside the box.
The Glovers went into the team making three changes to their line-up, along with a formation change following Saturday's 8-2 trouncing at Luton Town. In came two centre-backs in Tom James and Omar Sowunmi, with Keston Davies dropping to the bench. The extra defender meant that Jake Gray also dropped out of the central midfield. Up front, Rhys Browne was preferred to Olufela Onomola, forming a 3-4-3 that tended to slide into a 5-4-1 at times once the home side had put their foot on the ball and begun to enjoy the lion's share of possession. Wolves fielded a side that contained nine changes from their Saturday Championship line-up, which included former Glovers loanee Jack Price in their line-up - only Boly and Bonatini had started in their opening fixture against Middlesbrough.
Wolves provided the early attacks, with Jordan Graham's cross being headed over the bar by Leo Bonatini. Then Connor Ronan had two long distance shots, but both were dragged wide of the post. Tom James did well to head clear a dangerous Ruben Vinagre cross from close to his own crossbar. However, in truth Artur Krysiak was not directly having to work hard to deal with those chances, and in fact it was Yeovil that carved out the game's first on target chance, with Otis Khan cutting in from the left flank, and firing at the near post - albeit with Will Norris comfortably saving the shot.
The home side saw Nouha Dicko fire over the crossbar on the turn, and then really should have taken the lead from a succession of corners, with Willy Boly heading just wide of the target in an area of goal where he should have got it on target. Krysiak almost spilled one when a Connor Ronan effort seemed to disappear under his body, but he got his bearings at the second attempt, leaving the game goalless at the break.
Overall, Yeovil had been doing well to keep Wolves away from direct on target shots, but it was inevitable that a half time team talk would see Wolves try to exploit their pressure a bit better in the second half. Ruben Vinagre caused Krysiak problems again by a shot that he needed two attempts to hold onto it. Then Nouha Dicko was inches over the crossbar as he received a left flank ball, turning on the edge of the box and providing a well hit shot that was probably Wolves' best move of the game.
Yeovil's chances were few and far between. Tom James perhaps had been watching videos of Matt Dolan in the same competition from last season when he tried a 70 yard lob midway through the half, but Will Norris comfortably claimed the attempt. Then with substitutions being made and AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge being introduced, came Yeovil's big chance to create an upset, as he received the ball with his back to goal, but turned and dragged his shot wide of the target, when maybe a second more composure could have buried it.
Wolves then got their breakthrough. Ruben Vinagre's attempt on goal was blocked by Omar Sowunmi for a corner. When that was swung in by Jordan Graham, the connection was made six yards out by Nouha Dicko, with the ball appearing to deflect off his shoulder, rather than a clean contact header but at that sort of close range it was going to end up in the back of the net. 1-0 down.
In the closing stages, Yeovil Town reorganised by switching to a 4-3-3 which saw Omar Sowunmi pushed up front, but they couldn't really put Wolves under any great degree of pressure with that Surridge chance eventually becoming their main opportunity on the night. Compared to Luton on Saturday, the defensive display was far more solid - the only snag was that it came at the cost of ten of the eleven players mainly concentrating on that defensive shape. In a League Two environment, the onus will be on Yeovil to be more expansive. But perhaps the priority on Tuesday night was to not see a repeat of the Luton debacle and on that front they succeeded.
Final Score: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: Nouha Dicko (76 mins, 1-0)
31 Will Norris 4 David Edwards 5 Ryan Bennett 6 Danny Batth 9 Nouha Dicko 11 Jordan Graham 15 Willy Boly 19 Jack Price 20 Connor Ronan 29 Ruben Vinagre 33 Leo Bonatini
2 Matt Doherty 13 Harry Burgoyne 16 Conor Coady 18 Diogo Josť Teixeira da Silva (69 mins for Leo Bonatini) 25 Roderick Miranda 26 Bright Enobakhare (69 mins for David Edwards) 27 Romain Saiss (81 mins for Connor Ronan)
Yeovil Town: (3-4-3)
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith
2. Daniel Alfei 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 13. Francois Zoko 7. Otis Khan
12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray (81 mins for Connor Smith) 14. Sam Surridge (55 mins for Francois Zoko) 24. Olufela Onomola (66 mins for Otis Khan) 30. Alefe Santos
Wolverhampton Wanderers Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Wolverhampton Wanderers Match Statistics: Possession: 66%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 10; Fouls: 6.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 34%; Shots: 2; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 2; Fouls: 17.
Referee: Robert Lewis (Shropshire). Assistants: Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire) and Richard Wild (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire).
Attendance: 9,478 (with 440 Yeovil Town supporters).