Match Details: 26/09/2017
Chesterfield 2-3 Yeovil Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Olufela Olomola (3), Otis Khan (26), James Bailey (90)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matt Worthington, 7. Otis Khan, 10. Jake Gray, 11. Ryan Dickson, 13. Francois Zoko, 16. James Bailey, 23. Tom James, 24. Olufela Olomola, 25. Sid Nelson,
Subs: 6. Keston Davies, 9. Rhys Browne, 12. Jonny Maddison, 14. Sam Surridge, 15. Jordan Green, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 30. Alefe Santos
Substitutes Used: Jordan Green for Olufela Olomola (67 mins), Sam Surridge for Francois Zoko (75 mins), Rhys Browne for Jake Gray (88 mins)
Bookings: Nathan Smith (Foul, 12), Matt Worthington (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town captain James Bailey's last minute header sealed his side's first away victory for six months on Tuesday night, in a topsy turvy game against Chesterfield. The midfielder grabbed his first goal for the club since his summer move from Carlisle United when he converted a Sam Surridge cross in a game when Yeovil had been pegged back from a two goal lead. Early strikes from Olufela Olomola and Otis Khan had put the Glovers into a commanding position at the break. But the Spireites turned the tide in the second half, with Robbie Weir and substitute Kristian Dennis levelling the scores. With the home side in the ascendancy, the fear was that Yeovil could come home with nothing, but instead they grabbed all three points when Bailey scored for a 3-2 victory.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes. One was an obvious one given that Dan Alfei had only lasted eight minutes on Saturday before coming off with a knee injury - he was replaced by Tom James who had suffered a knock that kept him out of Saturday's game. The other change was unexpected, with Connor Smith too ill to travel, meaning that Matt Worthington came in for his first start, moving into central midfield, with James taking the right-back slot that Worthington had taken for most of Saturday's game. With Alfei and Smith out, and Bevis Mugabi still missing, that meant Omar Sowunmi got onto the teamsheet for the first time since the Forest Green game.
They got off a to a dream start. Three minutes into the match, Francois Zoko laid the ball off to Olufela Olomola putting him through on goal, and the Southampton loanee confidently slotted home his fifth goal of the season for a 1-0 lead. Chesterfield's bad start was made even worse when their defender Zak Jules suffered a bad hamstring injury and had to be stretchered off just seven minutes into the match, disrupting their plans.
It was Yeovil who had most of the first half play, with Otis Khan putting one attempt wide of the post, whilst a Francois Zoko header hit the crossbar, with Chesterfield's best effort coming from former Glover Gozie Ugwu, who saw Artur Krysiak tip his shot away for a corner. But 26 minutes into the match, the Glovers doubled their lead thanks to a bit of trickery from Khan as he danced and muscled his way past the challenges of Sam Hird and Scott Wiseman, before curling a shot into the corner of the net. 0-2 and so far, so very good.
There were some signs just before the break that the Spireites might still have a sniff of the game, as Chris O'Grady shot over the crossbar, but it was only after half time that the tide began to turn the other way. Chesterfield came out looking far more authorative, whilst Yeovil appeared to have decided to defend their two goal lead. Four minutes into the half and that was looking a bit flakey as O'Grady's cross was converted by Robbie Weir into the bottom corner for a more narrow looking 1-2 scoreline.
With their tails now up, Chesterfield began to dominate the match, and they introduced top goalscorer Kristian Dennis as a substitute midway through the half. He needed just five minutes to make an impact, as he produced a superb 25 yard lobbed shot, after Gozie Ugwu had won a header, with Dennis spotting Krysiak off his line. From 0-2 to 2-2 inside 21 minutes, and with similar situations against Forest Green and Morecambe having produced disappointing outcomes, the fear was that this match might go the same way.
However, as a reaction to Chesterfield's equaliser, AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge was introduced for the final 15 minutes, and that was to be highly influential. The striker had already threatened the Chesterfield goal on one breakaway attack, but dragged his shot wide. However, as the clock hit 90 minutes, it was his cross into the box that found James Bailey lurking, and he headed home for a shock 3-2 lead, just at the point that the Spireites would find it too late to recover. Victory gave Yeovil their first away win since the trip to Morecambe in March, and more importantly lifted them to 14th place, and seven points clear of the bottom trio of clubs.
Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Chesterfield 2 Yeovil Town 3.
Scorers: Olufela Olomola (0-1, 3 mins), Otis Khan (0-2, 26 mins), Robbie Weir (1-2, 51 mins), Kristian Dennis (2-2, 72 mins), James Bailey (2-3, 90 mins)
12 Joe Anyon
5 Scott Wiseman 4 Adrian Samuel Hird 33 Zak Jules
11 Gozie Ugwu 28 Robbie Weir 25 Louis Reed 24 Andy Kellett 32 Matthew Briggs
19 Diego De Girolamo 10 Chris O'Grady
1 Thomas Lee 9 Kristian Dennis (67 mins for Chris O'Grady) 17 Connor Dimaio 18 Delial Brewster 20 Laurence Maguire (7 mins for Zak Jules) 23 Jordan Flores (73 mins for Andy Kellett) 26 Jak McCourt
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 16. James Bailey (Capt) 4. Matt Worthington 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 24. Olufela Olomola
12. Jonny Maddison 6. Keston Davies 9. Rhys Browne (88 mins for Jake Gray) 14. Sam Surridge (75 mins for Francois Zoko) 15. Jordan Green (67 mins for Olufela Olomola) 30. Alefe Santos 17. Omar Sowunmi
Chesterfield Bookings: Andy Kellett (37 mins, foul), Robbie Weir (58 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (12 mins, foul), Matt Worthington (90 mins, foul)
Chesterfield Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 8; Fouls: 10.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 3; Fouls: 10.
Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire) and Nigel Smith (Derbyshire). Fourth Official: Mark Dwyer (West Yorkshire).
Attendance: 3,955 (with 101 Yeovil Town supporters).