Match Details: 14/04/2018
Yeovil Town 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers
EFL League Two
Yeovil Line-Up: 6. Lewis Wing, 7. Otis Khan, 9. Rhys Browne, 11. Ryan Dickson, 12. Jonny Maddison, 15. Jordan Green, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 18. Alex Fisher, 20. Oscar Gobern, 23. Tom James, 27. Shaun Donnellan,
Subs: 4. Jared Bird, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 19. Marcus Barnes, 21. Ryan Seager, 22. Corey Whelan, 24. Steve Phillips, 30. Alefe Santos
Substitutes Used: Marcus Barnes for Rhys Browne (67 mins), Ryan Seager for Jordan Green (83 mins), Alefe Santos for Oscar Gobern (85 mins)
Yeovil Town went down to their fourth consecutive home defeat this afternoon, after promotion-chasing Wycombe Wanderers grabbed a single goal victory. In a match that had very few chances, the Chairboys produced a typical away-day performance when substitute Randell Williams fired home the 79th minute winner from inside the box for a 0-1 result that keeps their hopes of an automatic position alive. Yeovil clipped the woodwork twice through Otis Khan and Tom James from free kicks, but lacked a creative spark in open play, leaving them in 18th place in the table, although still a comfortable nine point distance from the relegation spots.
The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up compared to the side that played at Swindon town in midweek. Stuart Nelson's wrist injury meant that he sat out the match entirely, with Jonny Maddison coming in between the sticks. Alefe Santos was substituted at half time during that match, and his place was taken by Jordan Green who played in an advanced position for the game. At the back, Ryan Dickson had completed his one match suspension and he returned, as Bevis Mugabi dropped to the bench, with Tom James swapping flanks.
The first half was almost a non-event in terms of chances, with it taking until 40 minutes for either side to come up with anything beyond a few corners and crosses into the box. The first chance fell to Omar Sowunmi, who flicked on a cross from Lewis Wing, but directed it wide of the post. Otis Khan came the closest, with his free kick being diverted onto the crossbar by keeper Scott Brown, who seemed slightly caught out by it turning into a direct effort. Wycombe contributed little in an attacking sense, with only Scott Kashket managing an effort on goal that went wide, at the exact moment that the referee blew up for the break. There was nothing wrong with the approach play from the Glovers, but the game had a surprising lack of chances.
The second period opened with Yeovil getting the ball in the back of the net, albeit illegally. Jordan Green's break saw his ball across the box converted at close range by Alex Fisher, but a linesman's flag went up quickly to make it clear that the striker was in an offside position. Again, this was a half of ultra-few chances, with Wycombe's Nick Freeman firing a yard wide of the target from distance.
Yeovil reshuffled their formation midway through the second period as Rhys Browne was withdrawn, with Southampton loanee Marcus Barnes introduced up front, allowing Jordan Green the chance to drop into his more favoured right wing slot. For the second time in the match, the Glovers struck the woodwork, with Tom James clipping the outside of the goalframe from a free kick that ultimately went out for a goal kick, but had both sets of supporters holding their breath.
But in the closing stages, Wycombe proved that efficiency counts, and sometimes that is what gets you three points when you're not at your best. A set play was recycled a couple of times, and when Marcus Bean found Randell Williams inside the box with 11 minutes remaining, his shot found the back of the net for a 0-1 advantage to the Chairboys.
Ryan Seager and Alefe Santos were introduced in the closing stages, as the Glovers ended the match playing in a 4-3-3 formation. But despite their bright open play in the middle third, it wasn't their day inside the penalty box where it mattered, and the only remaining chance of the match came on the counter-attack as Craig Mackail-Smith forced Jonny Maddison into one of his few saves of the afternoon. A goallesss outcome to the game probably would have been a greater reflection, but instead Wycombe's promotion charge carries on, whilst the Glovers remain stuck in 18th place once again, on a day where they needed that little spark.
Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Wycombe Wanderers 1.
Scorers: Randell Williams (0-1, 79 mins)
12. Jonny Maddison
23. Tom James 27. Shaun Donnellan 17. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 6. Lewis Wing 20. Oscar Gobern 7. Otis Khan
18. Alex Fisher 15. Jordan Green
24. Steve Phillips 4. Jared Bird 5. Bevis Mugabi 19. Marcus Barnes (67 mins for Rhys Browne) 21. Ryan Seager (83 mins for Jordan Green) 22. Corey Whelan 30. Alefe Santos (85 mins for Oscar Gobern)
1 Scott Brown
16 Michael Harriman 15 Nathan McGinley 6 Adam El-Abd 3 Joe Jacobson
8 Marcus Bean 4 Dominic Gape 17 Luke O'Nien
22 Nick Freeman 20 Adebayo Akinfenwa 11 Scott Kashket
7 Sam Saunders 10 Matt Bloomfield 12 Paris Cowan-Hall 23 Nathan Tyson (77 mins for Nick Freeman) 24 Randell Williams (32 mins for Luke O'Nien) 25 Craig Mackail-Smith (59 mins for Scott Kashket) 30 Yves Makabu-Makalamby
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Wycombe Wanderers Bookings: Marcus Bean (foul, 73 mins), Adam El-Abd (foul, 75 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 2; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 4; Fouls: 14.
Wycombe Wanderers Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 6; Fouls: 14.
Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Matt Eva (Surrey).
Attendance: 3,307 (with 646 Wycombe Wanderers supporters).