Match Details: 12/12/2017
Yeovil Town 3-2 Port Vale
FA Cup Second Round Replay
Yeovil Goals: Otis Khan (45), Otis Khan (95), Francois Zoko (109)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 3. Nathan Smith, 7. Otis Khan, 8. Connor Smith, 10. Jake Gray, 11. Ryan Dickson, 13. Francois Zoko, 14. Sam Surridge, 16. James Bailey, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 23. Tom James,
Subs: 4. Matt Worthington, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Keston Davies, 12. Jonny Maddison, 15. Jordan Green, 24. Olufela Olomola, 30. Alefe Santos
Substitutes Used: Matt Worthington for Connor Smith (27 mins), Olufela Olomola for Sam Surridge (69 mins), Jordan Green for Jake Gray (77 mins), Alefe Santos for Otis Khan (115 mins)
Yeovil Town worked their way into the Third Round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night, but needed extra time against a Port Vale side reduced to nine men to do it. Their 3-2 win disguised what happened during the match, with the visitors reduced to nine men in separate incidents. Otis Khan's penalty put the Glovers up just before half time but also saw Cristian Montano dismissed for a professional foul. James Gibbons was also dismissed in the second period leaving the Valiants two men short with just 54 minutes played. Despite that, they dragged the game into extra time when Marcus Myers-Harness scored, and despite Khan getting his second, Antony Kay equalised again. It took Francois Zoko to finish the tie off, 109 minutes in, to book a Third Round home tie with Bradford City in January.
The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up from the team selected during Saturday's home match against Lincoln City. Ryan Dickson had recovered from a neck injury, meaning that Bevis Mugabi dropped out of the side, and Tom James swapped flanks. In midfield Connor Smith replaced the injured Oscar Gobern, whilst on the right-flank Jake Gray came in for Jordan Green. Up front Sam Surridge replaced Olufela Olomola. The visitors' line-up included former Glovers loanee Ben Whitfield.
The home side started brightly with Jake Gray being set up by Otis Khan, only to get closed down a bit before his shot went wide of the target. Francois Zoko really should have found the net after he was fed the ball on the break. He managed to shrug off Port Vale's Nathan Smith, only to see his shot go just wide of the far post.
Port Vale's strength in both games this season has been their crossing from wide positions. Whilst they took their time in getting into the swing of that, once they did Yeovil seemed to be on the back foot, with Vale's Nathan Smith sending a header over the bar from close range, before Tom Pope's back post header went wide from a Cristian Montano cross. Pope then saw a header from a Gavin Gunning cross saved by Artur Krysiak.
There was a significant delay after Connor Smith collided nastily with Omar Sowunmi, apparently being knocked out on the pitch. He managed to eventually leave the field under his own steam but was replaced by Matt Worthington. Whilst that was a clear disruption to Yeovil's line-up, it seemed to also disrupt Port Vale's rhythm. The Glovers were the team that ended the half more strongly, and that advantage was capitalised upon when Tom James was fouled inside the box by Cristian Montano. Referee Gavin Ward produced a straight red for a professional foul, and Otis Khan fired the spot kick home for a 1-0 lead at the break.
If being a man up for the whole of the second half should have given Yeovil the upper hand, they were seemingly firmly in the driving seat eight minutes into the half when James Gibbons fouled Ryan Dickson. Gibbons had already been sent off at Huish Park earlier in the season, and he didn't last the distance again, with referee Gavin Ward pulling out another red, leaving Tom Pope angrily remonstrating with the referee - another booking - and Port Vale's players trying to accuse Dickson of having made too much of the foul.
Port Vale made a double substitution, surprisingly withdrawing Tom Pope and Ben Whitfield, but perhaps mindful that both were on bookings following a fairly ugly five minutes where things looked like boiling over again. That also allowed the visitors to change their shape to adapt to their problems. They began a containing job, keeping men solidly behind the ball, whilst Yeovil became guilty of treating the game like a training ground match, slowing down the tempo and only occasionally providing the sort of cutting edge that would have finished the tie off.
With Tom James, Sam Surridge and Otis Khan all having great opportunities to put the game out of sight, they were made to pay for that lax approach to playing against the nine men, when with seven minutes to go, Marcus Harness fired home an equalising goal from the edge of the box for 1-1. Incredibly, Yeovil could have at this stage thrown the game away entirely as substitutes Tyrone Barnett and Tyler Denton had late attempts on goal, whilst Antony Kay tried his luck from distance. At the other end, headers from Tom James and Jordan Green could have stopped it going to extra time, but Yeovil were disjointed and complacent at times.
Five minutes into the extra time period, Otis Khan restored Yeovil Town's lead as he shot from the edge of the box, producing a superb strike that clipped off the inside of the post for a 2-1 lead. The Glovers thought they had a further goal when Olufela Olomola got the ball in the net from Khan's cross, only to find a linesman's flag chalk it off.
Somehow, Yeovil contrived to throw the lead away a second time. At a point in the match where Vale's nine men should have been out on their feet, Antony Kay got himself space 25 yards out and fired home a well taken goal, running to the away section, and taking off his shirt to celebrate what he thought would be the 108th minutes goal to take the game to penalties.
Not so fast, Antony. Barely seconds after he'd picked up a yellow card for excessive celebration, he got excessive disappointment, as straight from kick-off Yeovil got themselves back in front. Tom James produced a cross into the box and Francois Zoko netted from close range for a 109th minute goal that would ultimately win the tie. It should probably never have got that far down the line, with Port Vale disadvantaged for 66 minutes worth of the match by two men, but that is what tends to happen in the FA Cup. For now Yeovil sneak a place in the Third Round that they tried twice to throw away - with Bradford City the visitors in January.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Port Vale 2 (After Extra Time).
Scorers: Otis Khan (1-0, 45 mins, pen), Marcus Myers-Harness (1-1, 83 mins), Otis Khan (2-1, 95 mins), Antony Kay (2-2, 108 mins), Francois Zoko (3-2, 109 mins)
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 8. Connor Smith 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 4. Matt Worthington (27 mins for Connor Smith) 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 15. Jordan Green (77 mins for Jake Gray) 24. Olufela Olomola (69 mins for Sam Surridge) 30. Alefe Santos (115 mins for Otis Khan)
23 Ryan Boot
21 James Gibbons 24 Nathan Smith 4 Tom Anderson 33 Gavin Gunning
6 Antony Kay
10 David Worrall 31 Ben Whitfield 32 Michael Tonge 11 Cristian Montaņo
9 Tom Pope
1 Robert Lainton 3 Tyler Denton (61 mins for Ben Whitfield) 7 Marcus Myers-Harness (69 mins for David Worrall) 8 Danny Pugh 14 Tyrone Barnett (61 mins for Tom Pope) 18 William Reeves (93 mins for Michael Tonge) 19 Dan Turner
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Port Vale Bookings: Tom Pope (dissent, 54 mins), Ben Whitfield (dissent, 58 mins), Antony Kay (excessive celebration, 108 mins). Red Card: Cristian Montano (professional foul, 45 mins), James Gibbons (serious foul play, 54 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 24; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 11; Fouls: 9.
Port Vale Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 7.
Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Michael Webb (Surrey) and Mark Derrien (Dorset). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).
Attendance: 1,588 (with 119 Port Vale supporters).