Match Details: 18/11/2017
Yeovil Town 1-2 Swindon Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Rhys Browne (4)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matt Worthington, 7. Otis Khan, 9. Rhys Browne, 10. Jake Gray, 14. Sam Surridge, 16. James Bailey, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 23. Tom James, 25. Sid Nelson,
Subs: 6. Keston Davies, 8. Connor Smith, 12. Jonny Maddison, 15. Jordan Green, 29. Paulius Golubickas, 30. Alefe Santos
Substitutes Used: Alefe Santos for Matt Worthington (72 mins), Jordan Green for Otis Khan (85 mins)
Bookings: Tom James (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 62), Nathan Smith (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town went down to defeat this afternoon, after an 89th minute goal saw play-off chasing Swindon Town grab all three points. Despite taking the lead just four minutes into the match via Rhys Browne's third league goal of the 2017-18 season, the Wiltshire side gradually grew into the match, and in the second time almost exclusively dominated it. Swindon substitute Kellan Gordon equalised midway through the second half, and the turnover was completed when Keshi Anderson converted from close range for what was across the course of the whole 90 minutes, a deserved scoreline that keeps Yeovil stuck in 17th, but now drifting further away from the midfield pack.
The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up with Jake Gray coming in for the suspended Bevis Mugabi. That also made the decision to change from last week's 3-4-3 formation a little easier, with the players moving back into the 4-3-3 that had been used against Southend United in the FA Cup.
In any home match, you want a flying start to get the crowd going, and Yeovil got that in the fourth minute. Rhys Browne gave himself some room on the right flank and cut inside, and past a defender, with his shot into the box appearing to take a deflection on its way into the net on the near post angle. 1-0 up and a perfect start.
Swindon tried to hit back when James Dunne's cross was met by the head of Luke Norris, whilst at the other end Tom James tried an ambitious 30 yard free kick that dipped and swerved but also cleared the crossbar by a yard. The home side were well on top in an opening 20 minute period that was played at 100mph by both teams.
Unfortunately, both that pace of the game, and the balance of it didn't last. Swindon began to get a foothold by midway through the first period, with Sid Nelson needing to block out a Luke Norris shot, whilst Keshi Anderson's drive towards the back post just missed Harry Smith trying to get a toe-poke on the ball. Then came Artur Krysiak into action, as he twice denied Timi Max Elsnik, pushing a close range attempt over the crossbar, before an even better save from a header that was going for the top corner. In between, Matty Taylor shot into the side netting on the blind side of the visiting Swindon fans, causing some to leap up in the air, as they briefly thought they'd equalised.
All Yeovil could muster in the final stages of the first half was another Tom James free kick that was parried by Reice Charles-Cook into the path of Sam Surridge who ended up sending the rebound over the crossbar. On 44 minutes that was to be Yeovil's final noticeable effort on goal of the entire game, as they faced a rearguard action after the break. John Goddard and Keshi Anderson's shots were blocked by defenders immediately after the restart as Swindon made theri intentions clear.
Swindon's decisions to introduce Kellan Gordon and Kaiyne Woolery also proved to be highly influential. Just 15 minutes after Gordon's introduction, Artur Krysiak was forced to parry out a Harry Smith shot, but the loose ball fell into the path of Gordon who converted the rebound for a 1-1 score that had been coming for a long time.
Still the pattern of the game didn't change. John Goddard had a shot blocked inside the box, and out for a corner, after Yeovil had struggled to clear their lines, whilst the same payer shot into the side netting after a throw-in put them under pressure. The only time in the second period when Yeovil were able to exert any sort of territory on Swindon came from Sam Surridge, whose attempts to counter-attack occasionally drew fouls, or on one occasion produced a ball that flashed across the area, with no-one able to get on the end of it.
But the Swindon threat was always there, and in the 89th minute, they got the winner they'd been threatening since they assumed control of the game midway through the first period. Substitute Kaiyne Woolery broke down the left flank and he found Crystal Palace loanee Keshi Anderson inside the box, who shot home from close range to give all three points to Swindon, and their 1-2 lead. Even with five minutes of injury time to play out, the Wiltshire side's dominance, made it unlikely that Yeovil could come back from that, and so it proved to be the case.
Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Swindon Town 2.
Scorers: Rhys Browne (1-0, 4 mins), Kellan Gordon (1-1, 67 mins), Keshi Anderson (1-2, 89 mins)
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt)
9. Rhys Browne 14. Sam Surridge 7. Otis Khan
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 15. Jordan Green (85 mins for Otis Khan) 29. Paul Golubickas 30. Alefe Santos (72 mins for Matt Worthington)
21 Reice Charles-Cook
2 Ben Purkiss 6 Oliver Lancashire 4 Matt Preston 31 Matthew Taylor
10 John Goddard 8 James Dunne 19 Timi Max Elsnik 30 Keshi Anderson
9 Luke Norris 17 Harry Smith
1 Lawrence Vigouroux 5 Chris Robertson 7 Paul Mullin 14 Ellis Iandolo 20 Kellan Gordon (52 mins for Timi Max Elsnik) 22 Kaiyne Woolery (54 mins for Luke Norris) 24 Kyle Knoyle
Yeovil Bookings: Tom James (timewasting, 62 mins), Nathan Smith (foul, 90 mins)
Swindon Town Bookings: Ben Purkiss (foul, 65 mins), Matthew Taylor (foul, 87 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 15.
Swindon Town Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 15.
Referee: Craig Higgs. Assistants: Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Louis Marks (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Savvas Yianni (Somerset).
Attendance: 3,622 (with 1,144 Swindon Town supporters).