Match Details: 26/08/2017
Yeovil Town 2-0 Coventry City
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Rhys Browne (27), Olufela Olomola (75)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 7. Otis Khan, 8. Connor Smith, 9. Rhys Browne, 11. Ryan Dickson, 13. Francois Zoko, 16. James Bailey, 24. Olufela Olomola, 25. Sid Nelson,
Subs: 6. Keston Davies, 10. Jake Gray, 12. Jonny Maddison, 14. Sam Surridge, 15. Jordan Green, 23. Tom James, 30. Alefe Santos
Substitutes Used: Keston Davies for Sid Nelson (90 mins)
Bookings: Olufela Olomola (Foul, 15), Connor Smith (Foul, 56), Bevis Mugabi (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town gained their first clean sheet of the 2017-18 season, as they banished some of their defensive woes in a 2-0 victory over Coventry City at Huish Park. A goal in each half won the day, with former Grimsby Town winger Rhys Browne getting his first Football League goal after he took advantage of a defensive howler during the first half, and that was followed up by Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola getting his fourth goal in four games when he fired home the crucial second with 15 minutes remaining.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up, with both in the defensive line. Tom James and Omar Sowunmi dropped out from last weekend's game at Forest Green Rovers, with Millwall loanee Sid Nelson and winger Rhys Browne replacing them. Once again, that meant that the formation was changed, with the 4-4-2 that was used in the last home match against Accrington Stanley being employed.
Coventry started as the more impressive side, with Jodi Jones forcing Artur Krysiak into a smart early save, whilst Marc McNulty shot wide from distance. However, despite Yeovil having to put men behind the ball, the visitors didn't capitalise on this early pressure, even if McNulty managed a much more impressive attempt 25 minutes in when he slipped past Sid Nelson and fired a shot that beat Krysiak but also beat the far post.
Yeovil had struggled to create chances - their best effort by Otis Khan had seen the winger's shot unfortunately blocked by Francois Zoko. But it was Khan's creativity that gave them the lead just short of the half hour mark. His ball through the Coventry defence and into no man's land saw Coventry's defence make an absolute meal of it. Goalkeeper Liam O'Brien looked favourite to get to it first, but not without leaving his goal area. As he dithered, the end result was a collision between O'Brien and one of his defenders, allowing Rhys Browne to ghost in and slot the loose ball home for a 1-0 lead.
That was oddly the main action of the first half, as Yeovil had to frequently play like an away side, defending far more solidly than they had done in recent weeks, and thus denying Coventry clear pot shots on Artur Krysiak's goal. After the break, it was Yeovil who began to assert their authority, as they attacked the home end, and Bevis Mugabi headed a corner just wide, created by some superb running by Francois Zoko.
Coventry began to turn the tide the other way, and Artur Krysiak was at full stretch when he parried a Tony Andreu shot onto the post, and out for a corner. Then Marc McNulty again found himself shooting marginally on the wrong side of the goal post, and was denied again after Krysiak produced a superb close range sae from his header, pushing the ball away for a corner.
At that point, a Coventry equaliser looked the more likely outcome, but Yeovil's front line have been much more efficient during this season than in recent years. They were only to record two shots on target throughout the entire 90 minutes, but that was enough to win the game. Catching Coventry on the break, a through ball to Olufela Olomola saw him muscle off the attention of Liam Kelly, and he fired a shot across the face of Liam O'Brien and into the bottom far corner for a 2-0 lead, and to entirely deflate Coventry's ambitions.
Coventry ran out of steam thereafter, and it was Yeovil who could have bagged a third, as O'Brien pushed a Rhys Browne shot over the bar. It was a rather more balanced performance than Yeovil have shown so far this season, getting the attacking and the defending in more even measure. That meant a rarity - three points and a clean sheet. The addition of Sid Nelson no doubt helped that happen, but the team overall ended up putting in a much more organised display, with the two banks of four, and that was a big influence.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Coventry City 0.
Scorers: Rhys Browne (1-0, 27 mins), Olufela Olomola (2-0, 75 mins)
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 24. Olufela Olomola
12. Jonny Maddison 6. Keston Davies (90 mins for Sid Nelson) 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge 15. Jordan Green 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos
13 Liam O'Brien
2 Jack Grimmer 15 Dominic Hyam 4 Jordan Willis 3 Chris Stokes
18 Duckens Nazon 6 Liam Kelly 8 Michael Doyle 11 Jodi Jones
19 Tony Andreu
10 Marc McNulty
1 Lee Burge 7 Peter Vincenti 9 Maxime Biamou (81 mins for Duckens Nazon) 12 James Pearson 16 Stuart Beavon (63 mins for Tony Andreu) 20 Dion Kelly-Evans 31 Ben Stevenson
Yeovil Bookings: Olufela Olomola (foul, 15 mins), Connor Smith (foul, 56 mins), Bevis Mugabi (foul, 90 mins)
Coventry City Bookings: None
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.
Coventry City Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 9; Fouls: 7.
Referee: Martin Coy (County Durham). Assistants: Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Robert Dabbs (Dorset). Fourth Official: Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire).
Attendance: 3,754 (with 1,056 Coventry City supporters).