Match Details: 23/10/2018
Yeovil Town 1-1 Crewe Alexandra
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Alex Fisher (25)
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Carl Dickinson, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 9. Alex Fisher, 10. Jake Gray, 12. Nathan Baxter, 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 23. Tom James, 24. Olufela Olomola, 27. Shaun Donnellan,
Subs: 1. Stuart Nelson, 7. Rhys Browne, 8. Omari Patrick, 15. Gabriel Rogers, 21. Wes McDonald, 29. Enes Mahmutovic, 30. Alefe Santos
Substitutes Used: Rhys Browne for Jake Gray (56 mins), Omari Patrick for Olufela Olomola (71 mins), Alefe Santos for Alex Fisher (82 mins)
Bookings: Sessi D'Almeida (Foul, 16)
Yeovil Town picked up their sixth draw out of eight League Two home matches on Tuesday night, as they shared the points with Crewe Alexandra. The 1-1 draw saw the visitors take the lead as Jordan Bowery followed up his own parried shot to tuck in the rebound. But the Alex only held the advantage for eleven minutes as Alex Fisher notched his sixth goal of the season, finishing a Tom James cross into the box that was knocked on by Yoann Arquin. Despite both sides having a flurry of chances throughout the game, that was the way it stayed, leaving Yeovil still stuck in 14th place in the table.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up. Sessi D'Almeida's return from a one match suspension and international duty allowed him to slot into the centre of midfield. Rhys Browne was the unlucky man to make way, with Jake Gray moving into a wide role. The other change was one of misfortune. Gary Warren's much lauded return to the side on Saturday lasted one game, with a groin injury putting him out straight away, meaning that Shaun Donnellan was recalled. On the bench, Wes McDonald returned after a ten game absence, with a hamstring strain finally explaining his two month gap in getting onto the teamsheet. In the opposition line-up, Corey Whelan came up against the club he was on loan for last season.
Yeovil got the best of the early chances, with Alex Pattison's cross into the box comfortably stopped by Ben Garrett. Then a Yoann Arquin effort took a deflection for a corner, after he had been set up by Carl Dickinson. Alex Fisher then set Pattison up on goal, but the shot cleared the crossbar. At this stage, it was only Yeovil that was creating the chances in the game.
It was frustrating then, that Crewe proved to be rather more clinical by scoring with their first real chance. Shaun Miller gave himself room in the attacking third, and then put through Jordan Bowery, whose initial shot on goal was saved by Nathan Baxter, but only to a point where Bowery was able to seize on the loose ball and convert the rebound before anyone else could get a sniff. 0-1 down.
The Glovers responded well to that set-back, and were inches away when Tom James volleyed a ball across the six yard box, with his power of cross probably being the reason why Alex Fisher couldn't quite get on the ball at the far post. Fisher then went closer as Ben Garrett had to make a save from his flying header. The Glovers striker did get in third time lucky though, midway through the first half, after James put a high ball into the Crewe box, Yoann Arquin tried to get control of it, and when the ball broke lose, Fisher was able to fire into the bottom corner for the equalising goal at 1-1.
Crewe didn't create quite as much as Yeovil in the first half, but the opportunities that they did manage had possibly more quality. Two minutes before the break, they nearly retook the lead, when Charlie Kirk's cross into the box seemed destined for Jordan Bowery, but Carl Dickinson got his body in the way with a superb block, immediately remonstrating with his fellow defenders for not having dealt with the incoming danger. It ensured the teams went in level at the break.
Like the first half, Yeovil opened the second having the upper hand. Alex Fisher received the ball from Jake Gray but couldn't get a good contact, and watched as it went just wide. Then Olufela Olomola forced Ben Garrett into another good save. Gradually though, chances began to dry up for Yeovil, and it was Crewe that began to get the upper hand. Shaun Miller had numerous chances to score, putting the ball wide after Callum Ainley had put him through, and then missing the target as Harry Pickering dissected the Yeovil defence, with the shot went into the side netting.
Corey Whelan had a shot blocked for a corner, which led to Charlie Kirk clearing the crossbar from that set piece. As Crewe took the upper hand, Shaun Miller missed another opportunity as he headed wide from a Harry Pickering cross from the left flank. Yeovil tried a series of tactical changes, with Rhys Browne replacing Jake Gray, whilst there was a rare sighting of Omari Patrick as a striker after he replaced Olufela Olomola up front. But that did little for Yeovil's creativity which had dried up somewhat during the second period.
As the game closed out, Alex Fisher was brought off, appearing to be struggling with an ankle problem, and with no strikers left on the bench, Alefe Santos came on, meaning the Glovers played out with a 4-3-3 formation, with Yoann Arquin taking the central role, flanked by Omari Patrick and Rhys Browne.
Still Crewe threatened through Corey Whelan and Ryan Wintle efforts, and it was only when the game hit the 90 minute mark that Yeovil briefly looked like they might snatch something. Omari Patrick had a shot from 20 yards saved, whilst right at the death, an ultra-ambitious Tom James free kick from 40 yards out saw Ben Garrett have to clutch it at the second attempt. In a rather open game though, 1-1 was an accurate reflection of a balanced game, and one that leaves Yeovil without a win in their last eight matches, with their lower mid-table position of 14th becoming a little entrenched over the last few weeks.
Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Crewe Alexandra 1.
Scorers: Jordan Bowery (0-1, 14 mins), Alex Fisher (1-1, 25 mins)
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt) 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola
1. Stuart Nelson 7. Rhys Browne (56 mins for Jake Gray) 8. Omari Patrick (71 mins for Olufela Olomola) 15. Gabriel Rogers, 21. Wes McDonald 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos (82 mins for Alex Fisher)
1 Ben Garratt
30 Corey Whelan 5 George Ray 2 Perry Ng 3 Harry Pickering
11 Callum Ainley 15 Ryan Wintle 8 James Jones 20 Charlie Kirk
9 Shaun Miller 10 Jordan Bowery
6 Michael Raynes 7 Chris Porter (70 mins for Jordan Bowery) 13 Dave Richards 14 Alex Nicholls (88 mins for Shaun Miller) 21 Oliver Finney 29 Nicky Hunt 33 Kevin O'Connor
Yeovil Bookings: Sessi D'Almeida (foul, 16 mins)
Crewe Alexandra Bookings: Perry Ng (handball, 90 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 7.
Crewe Alexandra Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 9; Fouls: 4.
Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Savvas Yianni (Somerset).
Attendance: 2,397 (with 108 Crewe Alexandra supporters).