Match Details: 25/11/2017
Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 Yeovil Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Francois Zoko (44)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matt Worthington, 11. Ryan Dickson, 13. Francois Zoko, 14. Sam Surridge, 15. Jordan Green, 16. James Bailey, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 23. Tom James, 24. Olufela Olomola,
Subs: 6. Keston Davies, 8. Connor Smith, 10. Jake Gray, 12. Jonny Maddison, 30. Alefe Santos
Substitutes Used: Jake Gray for Sam Surridge (76 mins)
Bookings: Olufela Olomola (Dissent, 45), Tom James (Foul, 48), Omar Sowunmi (Foul, 65)
Yeovil Town went down to their eighth away defeat of the 2017-18 season this afternoon, as their problems on their travels continue to haunt them. The 2-1 scoreline against Wycombe Wanderers saw all three goals come during a seven minute period in the lead-up to half time, with Eberechi Eze putting the home side in front as he shot through a crowd of players from the edge of the box. The Chairboys then doubled their lead from the penalty spot after Paris Cowan-Hall was brought down by Tom James, with Joe Jaconson scoring from the spot. Francois Zoko converted a Jordan Green cross a minute later to give Yeovil some hope at the break, but they couldn't create enough during the second half to get their way back into the game, leaving them stuck in 18th place at the end of the afternoon.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up with Sid Nelson's suspension being covered for by the return of Ryan Dickson following a month out with concussion and illness. Dickson shuffled in at left-back which meant Nathan Smith moved into the centre. The other change saw Otis Khan drop out through illness, with Jordan Green replacing him. There was also a blow in terms of the bench, with Rhys Browne dropping out due to an ankle injury sustained in training.
The opening half hour was one of extremely few chances for both sides. Eberechi Eze was one of the more influential players, as he shot from the edge of the box with one that cleared the crossbar, but was then rather more accurate as he tried to catch Artur Krysiak off-guard, with the keeper having just punched the ball clear. Eze's shot was on target, but Krysiak had fortunately recovered his ground. Eze then forced Krysiak into a parried save as Wycombe caught Yeovil on the break. Yeovil had been relatively okay in their own play, but had only been able to muster a Jordan Green shot that was blocked by Sido Jombati.
With so few chances, the sudden flurry of goals from the 37th minute onwards was unexpected. Wycombe opened the scoring as Yeovil struggled to clear their lines, and Eberechi Eze took advantage, firing a low shot into the corner from the edge of the box, for a 1-0 lead. Just about justified on the balance of play, with Eze easily the home side's most influential player.
The second goal came from the penalty spot six minutes later. Tom James challenged Paris Cowan-Hall inside the box, and referee Tom Nield immediately pointed to the spot. Up stepped former Bristol Rovers defender Joe Jacobson and he fired home for a 2-0 lead, with few serious complaints coming from the Yeovil players at the time the decision was made.
Almost immediately, Yeovil unexpectedly got a foothold in the match. Jordan Green's run put the ball into the path of Francois Zoko shortly after the restart, and Zoko's habit of showing quick reactions inside the box continued as he scored his seventh goal of the 2017-18 season, to pull it back to 2-1 within a minute of Wycombe's second. Olufela Olomola shot just over the crossbar as Yeovil finished the half brightly but were frustrated as the match referee blew for the break as they tried to take a corner.
The second half quickly drifted back to the cagey came of few chances, which was no good to Yeovil if they wanted to get points out of the game. A Sido Jombati free kick was saved easily, whilst another dead ball from Joe Jacobson that flashed just wide were really all Wycombe were able to come up with. Yeovil's problem was that it took them until the final 15 minutes for them to show some brief attacking threats, with a tactical substitution seeing Jordan Green pushed higher up the field after the withdrawal of Sam Surridge.
There were a few late chances at both ends, with Adebayo Akinfenwa's shot appearing to take a deflection off a Yeovil player, even if the referee kindly gave a goal kick. Francois Zoko then flicked a Ryan Dickson cross that fizzed across the face of goal, but unfortunately wide of the far post. But Wycombe saw out the four minutes of injury time with professional accomplishment, holding onto the ball throughout, to the extent that it was actually the home side that nearly got the fourth decisive goal, with Akinfenwa striking the crossbar with what would be the final chance of a frustrating game. Wycombe therefore got themselves a rarity - a home win over Yeovil Town, and the first time they'd beaten the Glovers at Adams Park since 1992, when Martin O'Neill managed them, and a young midfielder called Steve Thompson was in their ranks, back in the Conference. With Yeovil's away form though, they should have seen that duck being broken.
Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Wycombe Wanderers 2 Yeovil Town 1.
Scorers: Eberechi Eze (1-0, 37 mins), Joe Jacobson (2-0, 43 mins, pen), Francois Zoko (2-1, 44 mins)
1 Scott Brown
2 Sido Jombati 5 Anthony Stewart 28 Dan Scarr 3 Joe Jacobson
17 Luke O'Nien 10 Matt Bloomfield 27 Eberechi Eze
15 Dayle Southwell 20 Adebayo Akinfenwa 12 Paris Cowan-Hall
7 Sam Saunders (85 mins for Eberechi Eze) 8 Marcus Bean 19 Will De Havilland 24 Jack Williams 25 Craig Mackail-Smith (89 mins for Paris Cowan-Hall) 30 Yves Makabu-Makalamby
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
24. Olufela Olomola 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt) 13. Francois Zoko
14. Sam Surridge 15. Jordan Green
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 10. Jake Gray (76 mins for Sam Surridge) 30. Alefe Santos
Wycombe Wanderers Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Olufela Olomola (45 mins, dissent), Tom James (48 mins, foul), Omar Sowunmi (65 mins, foul)
Wycombe Wanderers Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 1; Fouls: 16.
Referee: Tom Nield (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Graham Kane (East Sussex) and Leigh Crowhurst (Sussex). Fourth Official: John Farries (Oxfordshire).
Attendance: 3,834 (with 180 Yeovil Town supporters).