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30 November 2013 : Johnson's Happy Homecoming
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson enjoyed a happy return to Vicarage Road this afternoon, as he grabbed an extremely welcome 3-0 win against Watford. Johnson spent time with the Hornets as a Youth player, and later returned to become their Academy Director under Graham Taylor during the former England manager's second spell with the club.

Even at the time when he was appointed to the Yeovil hotseat in 2001, Johnson still had a home in the Watford area, after his return from his two year spell in Latvia, meaning that this is a part of the country that he is very familiar with. Today his players lifted themselves off the foot of the Championship table and from that point of view, Gary said that he enjoyed the occasion:

"It was a nice homecoming. I have been here as man and boy. I helped build the old dog track here many years ago, during a time when I spent more time doing that than playing football. I then came back here and had some great times working for Graham Taylor. I didn't come here and want to win more because it was Watford. After all it was 14 years ago since I last worked here and 20 years before that. But I do always look out for their results and I have a soft spot for them. It was more about knowing they can score goals and finding a way to stop them."

With headed goals from Byron Webster and Ishmael Miller followed by a late breakaway goal for Joe Edwards, this gave the club their biggest win at second tier level. With Watford having reached the play-off final last season, Johnson added that he felt that was a superb achievement:

"It is a massive win. Watford would have been fighting for a play-off place with a win this afternoon and most of the Watford fans would have seen this as an easy three points because of our poor league position. But we have been unlucky this season and should have seven or eight points more than we do."


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30 November 2013 : Duffy Third Month Extension Confirmed
Yeovil Town have extended the stay of central defender Shane Duffy for a third and final month. The Everton player will remain on the club's books until December 27th, taking him up to the maximum 93 day period he is allowed to stay under the emergency loan system.

Shane will have to return to Goodison Park at that point - the two clubs would have to negotiate a standard half-season loan during January if they wanted to take him for any further length of time during 2014.


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30 November 2013 : Watford 0 Yeovil 3 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town moved off the foot of the Championship table this afternoon, as they produced a shock 3-0 in against Watford at Vicarage Road. In a game in which both sides created chances, it was the Glovers who took them when they needed to, with Byron Webster's downward header just before half time putting the Glovers 1-0 up against the run of play, as he converted a Liam Davis corner.

The Glovers took full control of a more even second half when new loan signing Ishmael Miller placed a header into the corner of the net from an excellent Joe Edwards cross. Then in second half injury time, Edwards took advantage of a breakaway, just as Watford were applying pressure, to add Yeovil's third as he converted a John Lundstram cross from close range, to lift his side up to 22nd in the table, pushing Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley below them.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Watford 0 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Byron Webster (0-1, 45 mins), Ishmael Miller (0-2), Joe Edwards (0-3, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Chris Dunn
2. Luke Ayling 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster (Captain) 21. Liam Davis
4. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 31. John Lundstram 23. Joel Grant
27. Ishmael Miller 29. Adam Morgan

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart, 7. Kevin Dawson (88 mins for Joel Grant) 9. James Hayter (70 mins for Ishmael Miller) 10. Sam Foley 20. Liam Fontaine 14. Sam Hoskins (69 mins for Adam Morgan) 26. Seth Nana Twumasi

Watford:
30. Jonathan Bond 27. Marco Cassetti 33. Nyron Nosworthy 6. Joel Ekstrand 3. Hector Bellerin
29. George Thorne 10. Lewis McGugan 16. Sean Murray 18. Daniel Pudil 9. Troy Deeney 11. Fernando Forestieri

Substitutes:
7. Cristian Battocchio 15. Javier Acuna (56 mins for Nyron Nosworthy) 17. Fitz Hall 19. Marco Davide Faraoni (79 mins for Daniel Pudil) 20. Diego Fabbrini (56 mins for Swan Murray) 23. Iriney 24. Gary Woods

Watford Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: John Lundstram (31 mins, foul), Joel Grant (82 mins, foul)

Watford Match Statistics: Possession: 65%; Shots: 27; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 15; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 35%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire). Assistants: Carl Fitch (Suffolk) and Neil Hair (Cambridgeshire). Fourth Official: Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent).

Attendance: 15,263 (including 945 Yeovil fans).


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30 November 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Watford vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's match against Watford at Vicarage Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Watford vs Yeovil Town.


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30 November 2013 : Team News For Watford vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's trip to Watford. Club captain Jamie McAllister is out with a shoulder injury and his position is taken by Liam Davis.

All three of Thursday's incoming loanees get a place in the starting line-up, with John Lundstram operating in midfield, whilst Adam Morgan and Ishmael Miller provide a brand new starting line-up. Dropping out are Sam Hoskins and Joe Ralls.

There are two notable absentees from this afternoon's squad. Midfielder Fraser Fyvie has dropped entirely out of the matchday selection, despite starting last weekend, whilst there is no place for striker Paddy Madden, who was transfer-listed in the wake of the Doncaster trip.

The full line-up for this afternoon is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Chris Dunn
2. Luke Ayling 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster (Captain) 21. Liam Davis
4. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 31. John Lundstram 23. Joel Grant
27. Ishmael Miller 29. Adam Morgan

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart, 7. Kevin Dawson 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 20. Liam Fontaine 14. Sam Hoskins 26. Seth Nana Twumasi


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30 November 2013 : Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last Championship fixture was the televised match against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. The overall performance was not one of the best of the season, with only a Byron Webster header giving the high point of the evening, as passages of sloppy play saw the Glovers go down to a 2-1 defeat.

The Man of the Match voting saw people lean towards defensive positions, with goalscorer Byron Webster and his central partner Shane Duffy picking up plenty of votes. But there was a big thumbs up to goalkeeper Chris Dunn, who was making his first team debut, and now looks to be given a small run in the side whilst Marek Stech continues his rehabilitation from a hand injury.

Full results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes in brackets:

1. Chris Dunn 104 (8)
2. Shane Duffy 80 (5)
3. Byron Webster 76 (2)
4. Joel Grant 60 (4)
5. Kevin Dawson 40 (3)
6. Ed Upson 22 (1)
7. Luke Ayling 8 (0)
8. Liam Davis 8 (0)
9. Joe Edwards 6 (0)
10. Sam Hoskins 4 (0)
11. Joe Ralls 4 (0)
12. Jamie McAllister 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.74
Performance : 5.57
Entertainment : 5.91
VOTES RECEIVED : 23


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30 November 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Wigan : Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town played their last home game, with Wigan Athletic providing the opposition. The end result was an uncomfortable spot of deja vu, as the visiting side grabbed a single goal second half winner in a match that the Glovers had competed well in.

Man of the Match voting saw defensive pair Jamie McAllister and Shane Duffy perform well. Sam Foley also was impressive on his return to the starting line-up. However, the Man of the Match by a comfortable margin was Joel Grant, who was occupying a front line striker role on the day. Full voting results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Joel Grant 282 (24)
2. Sam Foley 160 (11)
3. Shane Duffy 104 (4)
4. Jamie McAllister 70 (4)
5. Joe Edwards 66 (0)
6. Byron Webster 62 (3)
7. Wayne Hennessey 62 (2)
8. Joe Ralls 50 (1)
9. Luke Ayling 28 (1)
10. Kevin Dawson 8 (0)
11. Paddy Madden 6 (0)
12. Sam Hoskins 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.9
Performance : 6.92
Entertainment : 6.88
VOTES RECEIVED : 50


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29 November 2013 : Gary Talks About New Signings Miller, Morgan And Lundstram
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has explained the attributes that he hopes that his three new signings will bring to the team, as he prepares to involve them in his matchday squad at Watford tomorrow. Having brought in the trio of Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller, Everton midfielder John Lundstram and Liverpool striker Adam Morgan on the deadline day for loan transfers, the Glovers boss now has expanded options for the trip to Vicarage Road, and sees all three as immediate first team material.

Speaking to BBC Somerset about the signings, Johnson said that with Lundstram having played on loan for Doncaster Rovers last season, that his parent club Everton were only too delighted to give him his next challenge at Championship level:

"Everton were very pleased that we were interested, because they were interested in giving him to us. They felt that it would help with his development. He's 20 now, and he went to Doncaster last year and played fifteen games, and ended up helping them win promotion. They think he's ready for a team like us; to play in the Championship and be effective. He's like a Stephen Gerrard type player and we're pleased to have him on board."

The second player to come down to Somerset from the city of Liverpool was Adam Morgan. Johnson said that he was well aware of the high profile YouTube clip that showed how well the striker could hit the ball. And he revealed that Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler had been singing his praises as well:

"We have a lad who has been creating a lot of interest - Adam Morgan, from Liverpool. Most people will know him from the last goal that he'd scored, as it's out there on YouTube where he scored it from nearly the halfway line. I think a lot of people have seen that. He's also scored a lot of good goals. We spoke to Liverpool and the boy, and he had a lot of options. We're taking him on up until January, and then we've got a deal for the next couple of years after that. He's going to be a great prospect, and I think he's ready to play Championship football. He's been a great goalscorer for Liverpool all the way through the age groups. He's got a bit of cleverness and a bit of quality. I just remember Robbie Fowler saying that he's the best finisher that he's seen at Liverpool."

Whilst Lundstram obviously knows fellow Glovers loanee Shane Duffy and has seen Yeovil Town play this season, it transpires that Morgan and Lundstram know each other well already through the England team set-up. Johnson is looking forward to working with Morgan on a more permanent basis, with the player due to sign a two-and-a-half year permanent deal with the club as soon as the January transfer window opens:

"Especially as it's not just a loan, we can work with him. I think that all he needs is for somebody to think that he's ready. He's got all sorts of goals in him. He's quick and he's sharp. Both him and John Lundstram know each other actually - they're friends because I think they both roomed in the England Under-19s. They're both Scousers, even though Lundstram doesn't sound much like a Scouser! I like the Scousers - I had Bradley Orr and Phil Jevons, and they've always been great competitors, and I think these two are going to be no different."

Last but definitely not least on Johnson's list is Forest's Ishmael Miller, who is undoubtedly the highest profile player of the three coming in. Having played in the Premier League for Manchester City and Queens Park Rangers, he comes with plenty of experience of the big stage. Gary felt that Miller had lost his way a little bit recently, but believes that coming to a club like Yeovil will help him get back into the swing of things again:

"Ishmael Miller is a big lad. He's gone for three million, two million, one million and all those sort of transfer fees - Man City, QPR and of course Nottingham Forest. He probably hasn't quite done it for a little while, although he would say that he has. We think coming down here and concentrating on his football, that he might be able to get back to the Premier League, because a lot of people rated him very very highly. We think that we might be able to get him back to where he was when everyone was paying all of these millions for him."

Gary added that his understanding was that Forest were looking for other clubs to take on Miller permanently, having spoken to boss Billy Davies. Whilst the 26 year old's wage demands are likely to be way out of Yeovil Town's reach on a permanent basis, Gary said it would suit all parties if the player could get himself in the shop window:

"I'm really grateful to Ishmael's representatives, and also Billy Davies at Nottingham Forest, who wanted him to come to us. So that's a good thing. He knows that if he's going to sell Ishmael Miller, then he's got to send him somewhere where he's going to perform, and where that team does create chances. He gives you that presence - he's a big lad and a strong lad. Last time I saw him was when he played for Nottingham Forest against Watford - I was the TV pundit at the time, and he came on as a sub and he looked really strong and really quick. As I've said that's the sort of presence that we've probably been lacking."

The arrival of three new loan players makes for a crowded dressing room, particularly given that the club can only field up to five loan players in a matchday squad. That means that some players will have to be left out on a match-to-match basis, but Johnson says that the crowded December and Christmas programme means that usually won't be a problem for him:

"Because we've got seven games in the next month, it's important that we get the numbers in. We do need the numbers. You can only use five (loans in a matchday squad) but the way our loans get injured after ten minutes, or go home with a bit of home sickness, we need as many as we can get and I didn't want to turn any of them down."

There are currently strong rumours - not covered by the club's weekly press conference - suggesting that Fraser Fyvie has returned to Wigan Athletic. Johnson referred to 'six' loanees in this week's interviews, but the club have seven, with Shane Duffy, Joe Ralls and Liam Fontaine all on the club's books, in addition to Fyvie and the three new arrivals. Suggestions on the rumourmill are that Fyvie has not returned to Somerset following last Friday's game at Doncaster Rovers, bringing into question whether he will be involved in tomorrow's match. As yet neither club has hinted at a return - temporary or otherwise.

The club's three new signings have all been allocated squad numbers: Ishmael Miller wears No.27; Adam Morgan takes No.29, whilst John Lundstram will have No.31 during his stay at the club.


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29 November 2013 : Watford Away Trip Advance Ticket Sales Update
Ticket sales for tomorrow's trip to Watford have been boosted in the last couple of days since our midweek update. The local Hertfordshire Constabulary report that Yeovil Town have so far sold 588 tickets for their first ever away trip to Vicarage Road. The Huish Park Ticket Office will now be closing off advance sales for this fixture, but you can buy on the day of the game either from the Vicarage Road Ticket Office, or by using a cash turnstile at the away end.

For further ticketing information, head to the Ciderspace guide linked below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Watford.


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29 November 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Watford
Tomorrow afternoon sees us make our first ever visit to Vicarage Road, as we take on Watford - one of the few clubs at this level we have never met in any shape or form. That means that there's a brand new Ciderspace guide, covering directions, parking, pub guides, ticketing and all other associated stuff for the area. Head via the link below to hopefully aid your day out in Hertfordshire this weekend.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Watford.


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29 November 2013 : Limited Spaces For Away Travel Club Watford Trip
The Away Travel Club has a limited number of spaces available on their coach that is travelling to Watford. If you haven't lined up your transport for tomorrow's trip to Vicarage Road, then you can book your place by calling Roger Brimble on 01935-475384. The cost of travel will be £19.00 with all supporters welcome. They will leave at 9.00a.m. from the away end at Huish Park.


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28 November 2013 : Officials For Watford vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday's Championship match between Watford and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Vicarage Road on Saturday 30th November, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Scott Mathieson (Cheshire). We can find seven previous instances of Mr Mathieson taking charge of a Yeovil match, with five of the seven being on our travels.

On the whole the experience has been pretty good, bar one contested penalty decision that went against us against AFC Bournemouth in December 2005 at Huish Park. However, he did award another spot kick at the other end, so we mustn't grumble too loudly. He also gave us a spot kick up at Shrewsbury in September 2004, although Super Gav didn't take advantage of the two attempts he got to put it in the net.

Across the seven games, he's dished out a rather modest total of thirteen yellow cards and no red cards, and bar the spot kicks has barely warranted a mention in any of our match reports, so here's hoping for a continuation of that.

Our three most recent matches involving him include the Carling Cup match at the Riverside Stadium in August 2008, where we played Middlesbrough and lost 5-1 on the night. No suggestion that anything other than Premier League class was to blame for the margin of that scoreline. Then came the March 2011 home game against Brighton and Hove Albion, with the Seagulls heading for promotion - again nothing too much to say about him on that night, except that if anything he overlooked a few possible bookings against us.

Finally and most recently he took charge of the February 2012 match against Carlisle United. There he gave the Cumbrians a penalty after Bondz N'Gala blocked a Jon-Paul McGovern cross with his arm. We had a mini-grumble about how close N'Gala was to the ball when it was hit into the box, but it seemed to be one of those "I've seen them given, and I've seen them not given" sort of decisions. Otherwise, he did okay, although the Carlisle press seemed to have some non-specific grumbles about him being a bit picky during the second half.

Mr Mathieson will be assisted by Carl Fitch (Suffolk) and Neil Hair (Cambridgeshire). The Fourth Official will be Constantine Hatzidakis (Kent).

Link: February 2012 : Carlisle United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 - 1 Brighton and Hove Albion.

Link: August 2008 : Middlesbrough 5 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: April 2008 : Carlisle United 2 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: December 2005 : Yeovil Town 1 - 1 AFC Bournemouth.

Link: September 2005 : Bradford City 1 - 1 Yeovil Town.

Link: September 2004 : Shrewsbury Town 1 - 2 Yeovil Town.


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28 November 2013 : No Move For Madden - For Now
On one of the busiest deadline days in many years for Yeovil Town supporters, Glovers fans were treated to three new arrivals and one exit. Whilst Dan Seaborne has headed to Coventry City on loan, the Glovers have brought in a trio of loanees, with Everton midfielder John Lundstram, Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller and Liverpool striker Adam Morgan all heading to Huish Park.

The one player who didn't move during the day, who might have been expected to, was striker Paddy Madden, who had been linked with five League One clubs, only for none of them to be able to complete a deal by the 5.00p.m. deadline. Some fell by the wayside early on - Bristol City had their other distractions, as they fired manager Sean O'Driscoll this morning. But Madden put fans out of their misery just after the window closed in a rather cheery tweet.

Paddy Madden's tweet, just after the loan transfer window closed
Paddy Madden's tweet, just after the loan transfer window closed.


The end result is that Madden will stay on the club's books until at least January 1st 2014, with the transfer window now entirely closed for all deals. Whether he will be considered for selection or not is another matter, but with Miller and Morgan arriving today, they will be available for selection, thus increasing the number of striking options that manager Gary Johnson can name in his matchday squad. Morgan is destined to become a permanent signing, with Johnson telling BBC Somerset that a two-and-a-half year deal would be on the table for him on January 1st:

"The boy had a lot of options. We've taken him until January and then we've got a deal for the next couple of years after that. He's a great prospect and I think he's ready to play Championship football."

Perhaps the only surprise was that no goalkeeper was brought in as part of the deadline day signings. That suggests that Chris Dunn will be given a more lengthy run in the side during December, until first choice keeper Marek Stech completes his rehabilitation, with the Czech Republic keeper expected to be ready to return around Christmas.


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28 November 2013 : Morgan Loan Deal Seals Third Signing Of The Day
Further to our earlier news, Yeovil Town have completed their move for Liverpool striker Adam Morgan. The 19 year old signs on loan with a view to the transfer being made permanent once the January transfer window opens. He has had first team experience with Rotherham United in League Two last season, and has been playing for Liverpool Under-21s.

For a full profile of Adam, see the earlier news item, linked below.

Link: Adam Morgan : Player Profile (from earlier).


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28 November 2013 : Toffees Midfield Loan Signing Is Confirmed
Yeovil Town have signed up Everton midfielder John Lundstram on loan. The 19 year old has signed for the Glovers until January 1st 2014, and becomes the second Toffees player to move temporarily to Somerset, with Shane Duffy also on the club's books.

Lundstram was on the books of Doncaster Rovers during the second half of the 2012-13 season, as a 14 game loan spell saw him form part of their team that gained promotion from League One. He has been a regular for their Under-21s side this season, and has told Everton's website that his friendship with Duffy means that he's already seen the Glovers play this season a number of times:

"I've been down to see Yeovil a couple of times already this season because of Shane Duffy so I'm looking forward to getting involved myself now. I haven't had a chance to speak to Shane yet but I sent him a text this morning. I know he's enjoying it and I hope the move will work out well for me too."


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28 November 2013 : Miller Loan Deal Is Confirmed
Yeovil Town have completed their loan move for Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller. The 26 year old was linked with the Glovers earlier today and has now agreed terms on a deal that will keep him at Huish Park until January 2nd 2014.

For a full profile on Ishmael's career, see the earlier item below.

Link: Ishmael Miller : Player Profile (from earlier today).


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28 November 2013 : Seaborne Loan Move Is Confirmed
The first of today's Loan Transfer Window deadline day deals has been confirmed with Dan Seaborne temporarily heading out of Huish Park. As reported earlier today, the 26 year old is leaving on loan to join League One side Coventry City, in a deal that will last until January 5th.

Seaborne's move will hopefully allow him to gain some first team action, having not played for the Glovers since October 1st.

Link: Seaborne Linked With Sky Blues Loan Move (earlier story).


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28 November 2013 : Seaborne Linked With Sky Blues Loan Move
Yeovil Town defender Dan Seaborne is being linked with a loan move away from Huish Park. According to a Sky Sports journalist, the 26 year old is heading to League One side Coventry City on loan, presumably until the turn of the year.

Seaborne made a promising start to his Glovers career, making eleven appearances as a regular either at centre-back or left-back during the early part of the 2013-14 season, having arrived as a free agent following his release from Southampton. However, a minor injury coupled with a minor illness saw him twice briefly drop out of the playing squad, and during that time Jamie McAllister returned from injury, whilst the arrival of Shane Duffy saw him establish a first choice partnership as the club's centre-backs.

As such, Seaborne hasn't set foot on the field of play since October 1st. Given that Bristol City loanee Liam Fontaine is in the same boat - having not featured since an injury sustained on September 21st, the Glovers have a temporary excess of left-sided defenders on the bench who can't get on the pitch. With the Glovers expected to tie up a third month loan with Everton loanee Shane Duffy shortly - the 21 year old's second month runs out after this weekend's game at Watford - it may be that Seaborne is being given a chance to get some first team action.

As yet, neither club have confirmed this deal - they have until 5.00p.m. to get the paperwork through.


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28 November 2013 : Liverpool Striker Linked With Glovers Move
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Liverpool striker Adam Morgan. The Daily Mail report that the 19 year old is being tied up for a loan deal today, with the transfer being made permanent in January.

Morgan's name came to light on the internet earlier this season when he scored a spectacular 45 yard goal for Liverpool Under-21 against Manchester City but he has been told that he can leave Anfield on a free transfer. Born on April 21st 1994, he is a 5'10" player, born in Liverpool, who has risen through their ranks. His first team experience lies with just two Europa League appearances during the 2012-13 season.

In addition to his Liverpool experience, he has represented England at Under-17 and Under-19 level, with 17 appearances at the more junior level, and five appearances for the Under-19s, where he has scored once. He has also had a short Youth Loan spell with Rotherham United in League Two, who he turned out for twice during January 2013.

A short Youtube clip of his spectacular goal against Manchester City is shown below. As yet neither club has commented on this deal, but manager Gary Johnson has indicated that he expects to sign up to three players before the transfer window closes at 5.00p.m. and Morgan would fit into that sort of category of player the club would go after.




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28 November 2013 : Carlisle Reconfirm Madden Windfall Likely If Sold On
Press reports from the Carlisle United end have reiterated that the Cumbrians would be entitled to a share of any proceeds from the sale of striker Paddy Madden. When the 23 year old's permanent deal went through on January 1st 2013, Carlisle's website said that a sell-on clause had been negotiated as part of the agreement to allow Madden to move to Huish Park on a two-and-a-half year contract. At the time they described the deal as "an undisclosed fee and with a sell-on clause attached".

The exact percentage agreed between the two clubs was not revealed, but in May 2013, following Yeovil Town's promotion to the Championship the Carlisle News and Star referred to it as a "significant sell-on clause". What this means in practice, is that Yeovil Town would have to pay Carlisle a percentage of any profit made against Madden's original transfer fee. At the time of the transfer, Madden was reported to have moved for a fee in the region of £15,000 to £25,000 depending on which newspaper you picked up. Thus for any fee exceeding that value, Carlisle would get a percentage cut, as a sell-on fee.

Of course, given Madden cannot move permanently to any club until January 1st, such fees would not need to be paid until then. And although the Carlisle press suggest their local team are in line for a 'big windfall' much will depend upon how many clubs are genuinely interested in Madden, and how anxious the Glovers are to get him off their books quickly.


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28 November 2013 : Miller Move In The Pipeline For Glovers
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller. The 26 year old is a former Manchester City player who stands at 6'3" tall and spent much of last season on loan with Middlesbrough. The Sky Sports website claims that Miller is due to sign on loan today for the Glovers despite him having featured in seven Forest games this season, albeit having not played a Championship game since the end of August.

Born in Moston, Manchester on March 5th 1987, he has had Premier League experience with Manchester City between 2005 and 2008, making 20 appearances before joining West Bromwich Albion, initially on loan, with most of his 80 appearances and 21 goals coming at Premier League level, as the Baggies gained promotion during his initial season.

For the 2010-11 campaign, he went on loan to play for Queen's Park Rangers in the Championship, scoring once in 12 games. He then signed for Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2011, for a £1.2 million fee. He has struggled somewhat for a first team place at the City Ground, making just 30 appearances across the 2.5 years he's spent with the Championship side, scoring four goals, and is out of contract at the end of this season.

As yet no deal has been confirmed between any clubs, although he would fit the bill, given the Glovers urgently need cover up front, following the decision to transfer-list last season's top scorer Paddy Madden.


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28 November 2013 : Up To Five League One Sides Chase Madden On Deadline Day
Two more League One sides have been named as holding an interest in Yeovil Town's transfer-listed striker Paddy Madden, on the day of the Emergency Loan transfer deadline. All deals concerning incoming and outgoing players must be completed by 5.00p.m. today, with the Football League then closing all new player registrations until January 1st 2014.

According to the Irish Independent, West Country sides Bristol City and Swindon Town have shown an interest in the player, adding to yesterday's claims that Coventry City, Rotherham United and Sheffield United may also be keen on signing him. Both clubs lie at opposite ends of the League One table - City in the relegation zone, and Swindon just outside the play-offs. The latter could be of interest to the Glovers if they can bring the question of outstanding payments for injured loanee Andy Williams into negotiations, given the Glovers are still paying his wages for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

The other thing the paper reports is the extent of which Madden's relationship with manager Gary Johnson has broken down. They indicate that the Glovers are immediately willing to allow any interested club to sign him up on a pre-contract agreement if that can allow him to leave initially on loan, with a commitment to take him permanently as soon as the January transfer window opens. Another option on the table is a commitment to take him for the remainder of the 2013-14 season, initially through an emergency loan

However, they also talk of "a breakdown in relations with manager Gary Johnson" saying that recently he has "spent time training on his own away from the rest of the group" - if true then that would strongly imply that even if no clubs complete a deal ahead of today's teatime deadline, that he would almost certainly be sidelined from future first team squad selection, and may shed some light as to why his inclusion and exclusion from recent squads has been so unpredictable.


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28 November 2013 : McAllister Shoulder Problem Puts Him Out Of Action
Yeovil Town will have to make do without captain Jamie McAllister for at least the next two games, after the diagnosis of his shoulder injury revealed enough damage to rule him out for around ten to fourteen days, according to this week's Western Gazette. McAllister is therefore ruled out for Saturday's trip to Watford and the following Tuesday's home game against Blackpool, but also will be borderline for the following weekend's game against Charlton Athletic.

McAllister's position in the side should be taken by Liam Davis, with the left-sided player having replaced him at the Keepmoat Stadium, after the captain came off just 39 minutes into the match, having spent the previous ten minutes trying to run with his arm against his chest, having fallen badly midway through the first half. Thankfully the diagnosis has not revealed too much damage, but will mean that Byron Webster will have to take over the captain's armband over the next few games.


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27 November 2013 : Sky Blues Become Third Club Linked With Madden Move
Further to our earlier story, a third League One club is being connected with Yeovil Town's transfer listed striker Paddy Madden. On this occasion, the Coventry Evening Telegraph has claimed that Coventry City are 'in the hunt' for the Irishman.

Like the earlier connections with Rotherham United and Sheffield United, there are no sources named or quotes from any parties - in fact the paper goes for the rather vague suggestion that his connection with the Sky Blues is "according to reports" - Madden's name is being mentioned on Twitter by Coventry fans.

Coventry have been on the end of two surprise thrashings - a 5-1 against Tranmere Rovers coupled with last night's 3-0 loss against Rotherham United, and so it may be that it's defenders that is their priority. However, they currently have main striker Leon Clarke for around three or four weeks, whilst the same paper is linking them with Barnsley striker Chris Dagnall.

The only on the record comment is from Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley, who says he definitely wants new players to arrive before Thursday teatime but hasn't divulged exactly what positions they are looking to fill. He has admitted though that Clarke's absence leaves a notable gap in his side.


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27 November 2013 : Watford vs Yeovil Town Ticketing Update
Yeovil Town should be assured of a relatively decent travelling contingent for their next Championship away match in Hertfordshire. They travel to Vicarage Road for their first ever meeting with Watford, and as of yesterday ticket sales for the match had reached 383 supporters.

Whilst advance tickets will still be sold from the Huish Park Ticket Office, it will also be possible to pay on the day for this fixture at the same prices. Watford's local football liaison state that although most turnstiles at the ground use electronic bar code readers, there is a cash turnstile open at the away end, with Glovers fans allocated the North-East corner of the Vicarage Road stand. With this match doubtless being a popular one for the club's Capital Glovers, there should be plenty of walk-up sales on the day as well.

For full ticketing prices and details, see the earlier article below.

Link: Ticketing For Watford vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Online Ticketing Promotion For Four Championship Games.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans Part 1 (Up To Christmas 2013).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans Part 2 (From Boxing Day onwards).


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27 November 2013 : Madden Linked With Two League One Clubs
Yeovil Town's transfer-listed striker Paddy Madden is being linked with two League One sides, ahead of the loan transfer window deadline. The Irish Independent newspaper claims that Sheffield United and Rotherham United have "expressed interest" in signing the 23 year old, after the club made public that they were willing to sell him yesterday.

The Irish press don't offer any quotes or sources for their information, but were fairly specific in their reporting. The Blades have recently changed managers, with Nigel Clough taking over at Bramall Lane, and he said on Monday that he would be looking to conclude some incoming and outgoing loan business before the Loan Transfer Window closes.

Meanwhile Rotherham are known to be short of strikers at present, with several of the front men they have used this season having become unavailable. They have recently brought in Nouha Dicko on loan from Wigan Athletic and he made his debut last night alongside Alex Revell. However, Revell had to play through the pain barrier yesterday, because the Millers had lost Tom Eaves who returned to Bolton Wanderers following a loan spell. Former Glovers striker Kieran Agard is another option for them, but has been generally used as a winger, whilst Matt Tubbs is also on their books.

Any interested clubs would have until Thursday 28th November (tomorrow) at 5.00p.m. to push through any loan deals for Madden. If that deadline passes then Madden would remain on the club's books until at least January 1st 2014.

Manager Gary Johnson is already known to be chasing a goalkeeper ahead of Thursday's deadline, whilst Madden's transfer-listing will doubtless accelerate his second concern, which had been to bring in an outfield player, with a striker the most likely position to fill.


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26 November 2013 : Madden Thanks Fans For Messages After Transfer-Listing
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden was transfer-listed by his club earlier today. As yet, bar the club's short confirmation of the player's status, there's been very little to go on, with tonight's BBC Somerset sports bulletins indicating they had been told to not expect any comment from manager Gary Johnson until his weekly Thursday press conference.

Tonight, Madden himself has put a short message on his Twitter account, in response to the large number of messages supporters have made towards him. A screenshot of that message can be read below, for those who don't have access to Twitter.

Paddy Madden's tweet, thanking those who had messaged him today
Paddy Madden's tweet, thanking those who had messaged him today.



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26 November 2013 : Taff's Gloversblog : Paddy Madden - Shocked But Not Surprised?
Around tea-time today, Yeovil Town delivered the news that striker Paddy Madden had been transfer-listed by the club. Whilst the information given out so far has been minimal, it's what we have already been given that can give us the clues we need. The latest Taff's Gloversblog attempts to piece together jigsaw pieces to tell us why last season's top goalscorer could now be out of the club, just sixteen games into the new season.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Paddy Madden - Shocked But Not Surprised?.


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26 November 2013 : Yeovil Town Transfer-List Paddy Madden
Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden has been transfer-listed by the club. The Irishman still has just over a year and a half left on his contract, but will be put up for sale in the January transfer window. As yet, no reasons have been given for the transfer listing, other than for the club to confirm the news, but the writing has been increasingly on the wall for a player who has been in and out of the team over the 2013-14 season.

So far, he has made eleven appearances for the club, but has not scored during the current campaign. Appearances have become more sporadic over the past two months - he has managed one 22 minute substitute appearance at Leeds United and a 90 minute game against Wigan Athletic, but those are the only two occasions he's got onto the field of play since being substituted at half time against Middlesbrough on October 5th.

Madden's transfer-listing would bring into question whether he would play for the club over the next five weeks, if no club takes him on loan before the Thursday emergency loan deadline. If the answer is that things have broken down that badly between him and manager Gary Johnson - whether for professional or personal reasons - then it would seem unlikely.

That would make Thursday's loan transfer window deadline a crucial one, given the club have also lost Andy Williams to injury, as well as returning Michael Ngoo to Liverpool in the last month or so.


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26 November 2013 : GWSC Travel Plans For Second Half Of The Season
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the second half of the 2013-14 season, including the two forthcoming Christmas 2013 away matches. Over the holiday period the Glovers travel to AFC Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town and are taking bookings for supporters coaches. These and the remainder of the Championship fixture schedule are listed as follows:

AFC Bournemouth : Thursday 26th December 2013.
Bus Station: n/a; Huish Park: 11.30a.m.
Adult Members: £10.00; Member Concessions: £10.00
Adult Non-Members: £12.00; Non-Member Concessions: £12.00

Huddersfield Town : Sunday 29th December 2013.
Bus Station: n/a; Huish Park: 7.30a.m.
Adult Members: £28.00; Member Concessions: £26.00
Adult Non-Members: £30.00; Non-Member Concessions: £28.00

Birmingham City : Saturday 18th January 2014.
Bus Station: 9.00a.m.; Huish Park: 9.15a.m.
Adult Members: £21.00; Member Concessions: £19.00
Adult Non-Members: £23.00; Non-Member Concessions: £21.00

Derby County : Tuesday 28th January 2014.
Bus Station: n/a; Huish Park: 1.30p.m.
Adult Members: £25.00; Member Concessions: £23.00
Adult Non-Members: £27.00; Non-Member Concessions: £25.00

Nottingham Forest : Sunday 2nd February 2014.
Bus Station: 7.45a.m.; Huish Park: 8.00a.m.
Adult Members: £25.00; Member Concessions: £23.00
Adult Non-Members: £27.00; Non-Member Concessions: £25.00

Wigan Athletic : Saturday 15th February 2014.
Bus Station: 7.00a.m.; Huish Park: 7.15a.m.
Adult Members: £25.00; Member Concessions: £23.00
Adult Non-Members: £27.00; Non-Member Concessions: £25.00


Reading : Saturday 1st March 2014.
Bus Station: 9.30a.m.; Huish Park: 9.45a.m.
Adult Members: £17.00; Member Concessions: £15.00
Adult Non-Members: £19.00; Non-Member Concessions: £17.00

Queens Park Rangers : Saturday 15th March 2014.
Bus Station: 8.30a.m.; Huish Park: 8.45a.m.
Adult Members: £21.00; Member Concessions: £19.00
Adult Non-Members: £23.00; Non-Member Concessions: £21.00

Wigan Athletic : Tuesday 18th March 2014.
Bus Station: n/a; Huish Park: 12.00 noon
Adult Members: £25.00; Member Concessions: £23.00
Adult Non-Members: £27.00; Non-Member Concessions: £25.00

Leicester City : Tuesday 25th March 2014.
Bus Station: n/a; Huish Park: 1.30p.m.
Adult Members: £25.00; Member Concessions: £23.00
Adult Non-Members: £27.00; Non-Member Concessions: £25.00

Blackpool : Saturday 5th April 2014.
Bus Station: 6.45a.m.; Huish Park: 7.00a.m.
Adult Members: £28.00; Member Concessions: £26.00
Adult Non-Members: £30.00; Non-Member Concessions: £28.00

Charlton Athletic : Tuesday 8th April 2014.
Bus Station: n/a; Huish Park: 2.00p.m.
Adult Members: £21.00; Member Concessions: £19.00
Adult Non-Members: £23.00; Non-Member Concessions: £21.00

Blackburn Rovers : Friday 18th April 2014.
Bus Station: 7.00a.m.; Huish Park: 7.15a.m.
Adult Members: £28.00; Member Concessions: £26.00
Adult Non-Members: £30.00; Non-Member Concessions: £28.00

Brighton and Hove Albion : Saturday 26th April 2014.
Bus Station: 8.45a.m.; Huish Park: 9.00a.m.
Adult Members: £21.00; Member Concessions: £19.00
Adult Non-Members: £23.00; Non-Member Concessions: £21.00

Obviously all fixtures are subject to change and additions, once we get into the realms of winter weather, and FA Cup draws.

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number. For games leading up to Christmas, see the earlier article linked below.

Link: Ticketing For Watford vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Online Ticketing Promotion For Four Championship Games.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans (Up To Christmas 2013).

Update: 03/03/2014: Wigan Athletic details changed due to fixture update.


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25 November 2013 : Cohen Season Ended By Injury
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Chris Cohen has been ruled out of football for the remainder of the 2013-14 season. The 26 year old has suffered cruciate ligament damage, after limping off near the end of their 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday.

Typically cruciate ligament injuries rule players out for six to nine months. Cohen himself has been there before, having missed eleven months after he suffered a similar injury in 2011, although Forest have confirmed that it is not the same injury he suffered two years ago.

Despite that lay-off, he's managed to make over 250 appearances for Forest since leaving Huish Park six years ago, and had been captaining his current team, whilst largely operating as a left-back these days.


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25 November 2013 : Whittingham Out Of Fratton Park
Over the last decade or so, former Yeovil Town players and officials have gradually risen in numbers in terms of Football League managers at Premier League and Football League level. Today one of those has been fired from his post - with former Glovers striker Guy Whittingham shown the door at League Two Portsmouth. He lasted just over a year as Fratton Park's main man but was fired this evening with Pompey lying in 18th place.

His record of just 11 wins in 51 matches won't pull up any trees, although given the chaotic financial mess he inherited in November 2012 when he took over from Michael Appleton and the fact that he was only given the job properly when the club came out of administration in April 2013, he's had very little time to prove himself as a manager under 'proper' circumstances.

Whittingham's departure appears to have been accelerated by supporter reaction to the club's 1-2 home defeat against Scunthorpe United on Saturday - the club's fourth consecutive loss - which was coupled by boos on the final whistle and fans chanting 'That was embarrassing'. Despite that he took part in a Monday lunchtime press conference, designed to act as a precursor to their home match against Southend United. However, a board meeting later that afternoon ensured that press interview turned out to be his epitaph.

Portsmouth have placed Academy manager Andy Awford in charge on a caretaker basis, with first-team coach Alan McLoughlin and striker David Connolly.


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24 November 2013 : Gary Talks About Dunn, Hoskins, Madden, Fyvie and McLean
Just before Friday night's match against Doncaster Rovers kicked off at the Keepmoat Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary goes over a wide range of topics, including Chris Dunn, Sam Hoskins, Paddy Madden, Fraser Fyvie along with Aaron McLean - a striker that he missed out on this week. Read the full interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Doncaster.


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23 November 2013 : Opening Date Set For 2014-15 Season
The Football League have published the opening date for the 2014-15 season. All three divisions will kick-off on Saturday 9th August 2014 - six days later when compared to the current year. The slight shift is likely to be influenced by the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with some Championship club players likely to be away over the summer with their countries.

The World Cup commences in Sao Paulo on June 12th 2014 and completes in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday 13th July, thus eating into the pre-season schedule for many of the bigger clubs.

For the current 2013-14 Season Key Dates, follow the link below.

Link: Football League 2013-14 Season Date Planner.


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23 November 2013 : Johnson Loses Out On McLean As He Continues Hunt For Attacking Options
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has revealed that he missed out on signing Hull City striker Aaron McLean on loan last week, as Championship rivals Birmingham City snapped him up instead. The Glovers boss has been looking to strengthen his club's attacking options with them having only netted ten times in sixteen Championship fixtures this season so far, and with none of his strikers having found the back of the net through outfield play.

With two loan strikers having ended their association with the club from a playing point of view - Michael Ngoo headed back to Liverpool, whilst Andy Williams suffered a cruciate ligament injury - there has always been the assumption that Johnson would look to bring in another new forward, although Gary had hinted in recent interviews that we might need to wait until the January transfer window for significant changes to be made.

In the background though, Johnson has been attempting to bring in short term cover, ahead of Thursday's loan transfer window deadline, and he told BBC Somerset yesterday that he had tried to land McLean on loan - a 30 year old striker who had played under Gary whilst both were at Peterborough United. The Glovers boss said that had been a potential option, until Birmingham came in offering Hull a significantly larger share of the player's wages:

"We were talking to Aaron McLean and he went to Birmingham for four times more - that was unfortunate. It didn't come close with what Birmingham were offering. So obviously he went to Birmingham, which was the same as Danny Burn did. They pay the money."

McLean joined Birmingham City on loan on Thursday, and will remain on loan at St Andrews until January 1st 2014 - thus ending Johnson's interest in the player for the time being. Another one of Johnson's possible loan targets, Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, may also not be an option given that the player withdrew from the England Under-21 squad last weekend due to injury, with no word on his situation since.

Johnson said that he felt that he was getting support from the Yeovil boardroom, but explained that with significant wages being asked for by certain parent clubs, that he was not willing to over-commit the club by allocating such a large proportion of his playing budget to one player:

"I'm not going to cry over that sort of stuff. The Chairman and Mr Hayward and the Board of Directors are all saying to me 'Who do you need? When do you need it? How much do you need?' I'm saying that I'll knock on your door when I'm ready, and when I've got the right person in the right deal. If we go and pay eight grand a week for somebody and he gets injured - like most of our loans seem to get injured in their first games! - then that's a lot of our budget, and we aren't going to do a lot else. So we've got to make sure that it's right."


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23 November 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Doncaster Away Game
Following last night's 2-1 defeat against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Doncaster Away Game.


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23 November 2013 : Johnson: Players Froze In Donny Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that his players froze too much in Friday night's big Championship six-pointer against Doncaster Rovers. The Glovers lost the match 2-1, with goals from Dean Furman and Mark Duffy giving the home side the points, despite Byron Webster's equaliser just before the break.

Whilst the Glovers managed to match their opponents relatively well throughout the evening, individual errors and patches of the game where they lost composure were to cost them dearly in the end. Speaking after the defeat, Gary felt that his players showed a lack of quality, particularly in their passing, and that disappointed him, particularly given that he freely built the game up as a six-pointer, given both clubs' league positions:

"It's disappointing because we billed it as a very important game to win but we didn't really get our game going. We didn't show enough quality to win a Championship game on the day. When you go 11 v 10 you've got to keep the ball and we weren't able to do that. I think some of the boys froze on the day in the build-up to what was a very important game. We didn't get any of our passing combinations going - our passing was poor. Individuals worked hard, but they didn't really turn up with the quality today. In the Championship you need that little bit of quality, which their lad showed for the winning goal."

Johnson admitted that his squads failings were concentrating his mind upon the January transfer window, and he even hinted that he may need to look at something on a short term basis before Thursday's loan transfer window closes, having previously been reluctant to go for short term fixes. However, he explained it would not be easy to attract quality players in, given the club's league position and that the club's geographical position:

"I've got a bit of work to do between now and January. I've given everyone that came up from League One with us an opportunity to play in the Championship and some have taken it well and some haven't. We need to get these reinforcements now if we can to build a Championship squad. It's not easy for us to get people because we're not a big city - Yeovil's not on the sat-nav. We've chased quite a few players and we'll keep chasing and every now and then one will stick."

The loan transfer window closes on Thursday 28th November at 5.00p.m. with Johnson likely to at least add a goalkeeper to his ranks to compete with Chris Dunn, whilst first choice keeper Marek Stech takes longer to recover from a broken hand.


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22 November 2013 : Video : Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
You may need to pour yourself a stiff drink before you want this. The Sky Sports website has uploaded highlights of tonight's match against Doncaster Rovers in ultra-quick time. In addition to the goals from Doncaster's Dean Furman and Mark Duffy, along with Yeovil Town's Byron Webster, they also include plenty of other footage.

You'll find chances for Joe Ralls (three), Sam Hoskins and James Hayter along with the rather academic dismissal of Donny's Dean Furman during the second half. Watch it via the link below, if you have a UK internet provider.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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22 November 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this evening's match against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

NOTE: In accordance with our voting rules for televised games, you can cast your votes for this game whether you were freezing cold at the Keepmoat tonight, or with warm feet in front of your Sky Sports screens.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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22 November 2013 : Doncaster 2 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town suffered huge disappointment tonight, as they lost to old rivals Doncaster Rovers by a 2-1 scoreline at the Keepmoat Stadium tonight. A poor start to the match saw the home side deservedly take the lead when Fraser Fyvie gave the ball away inside his own half, allowing Mark Duffy to burst through the defence, and put the ball across for Dean Furman to convert from close range.

The Glovers took half an hour to work their way into the game - the early replacement of Fyvie for Kevin Dawson seemed to spark things into life, and they equalised when Liam Davis, who was also on as a sub for an injured Jamie McAllister, produced a deep ball into the box, which Shane Duffy headed down and Byron Webster converted from close range to pull the sides level at the break.

In a fairly even second half period, a series of events seemed to raise the temperature on a chilly evening. James Coppinger's blatant dive in the box saw referee Stuart Attwell rightly wave away his penalty appeals. Then scorer Dean Furman committed a bad foul when already on a second warning following a booking, leaving Attwell with one of the easier red card decisions he'll make all season.

That should have been the cue for the Glovers to take the game to Donny during the final ten minutes, but instead some sloppy play gave the home side the lead again. Joe Edwards gave away a needless foul on the corner of the area, and Mark Duffy spotted Chris Dunn relying a little bit too much upon his defensive wall - curling the ball over it and scoring direct at Dunn's near post. That was it, and the brief opportunity that should have existed to grab all three points went with Duffy's winner. Yeovil stay bottom, and now are five points short of safety.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Doncaster Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Dean Furman (1-0, 11 mins), Byron Webster (1-1, 43 mins), Mark Duffy (2-1, 82 mins).

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Chris Dunn
2. Luke Ayling 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
4. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 19. Joe Ralls 11. Fraser Fyvie
14. Sam Hoskins 23. Joel Grant

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart, 7. Kevin Dawson (31 mins for Fraser Fyvie) 9. James Hayter (74 mins for Sam Hoskins) 10. Sam Foley 17. Paddy Madden 20. Liam Fontaine 21. Liam Davis (39 mins for Jamie McAllister)

Doncaster Rovers:
1. Ross Turnbull
2. Paul Quinn 14. Bongani Khumalo 12. Luke McCullough 32. Reece Wabara
11. David Cotterill 4. Dean Furman 19. Richie Wellens 7. Mark Duffy
10. Federico Macheda 22. Theo Robinson

Substitutes:
24. Evan Finnegan 8. Billy Paynter (68 mins for Theo Robinson) 13. Jonathan Maxted 15. Liam Wakefield 21. Marc De Val Fernandez (87 mins for Federico Macheda) 26. James Coppinger (65 mins for David Cotterill) 30. Alex Peterson

Doncaster Bookings: Dean Furman (foul, 28 mins), Reece Wabara (foul, 59 mins). Red Card: Dean Furman (80 mins, second bookable offence, foul).

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Hoskins (foul, 66 mins)

Doncaster Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 7; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire). Assistants: Simon Barrow (Staffordshire) and Edward Smart (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire).

Attendance: 6,620 (including 184 Yeovil fans).


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22 November 2013 : Team News For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for tonight's away Championship fixture against Doncaster Rovers. The major change sees Wayne Hennessey return to Wolverhampton Wanderers after his three month loan completed, and his place is taken by Chris Dunn, who makes his first team debut for the club, with goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart acting as cover on the bench.

Midfielder Ed Upson returns from his one match suspension, whilst Fraser Fyvie makes his comeback from a shoulder injury and they both get a start in midfield, as Kevin Dawson and Sam Foley drop to the bench. The fourth change sees Paddy Madden drop to the bench with Sam Hoskins preferred up front.

With extra numbers back, Kieffer Moore and Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi drop out of the matchday squad. The team tonight is as follows, with some possible flexibility over the actual midfield/wing positions:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
24. Chris Dunn
2. Luke Ayling 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
4. Joe Edwards 8. Ed Upson 19. Joe Ralls 11. Fraser Fyvie
14. Sam Hoskins 23. Joel Grant

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart, 7. Kevin Dawson 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 17. Paddy Madden 20. Liam Fontaine 21. Liam Davis

Doncaster Rovers:
1. Ross Turnbull
2. Paul Quinn 14. Bongani Khumalo 12. Luke McCullough 32. Reece Wabara
11. David Cotterill 4. Dean Furman 19. Richie Wellens 7. Mark Duffy
10. Federico Macheda 22. Theo Robinson

Substitutes:
24. Evan Finnegan 8. Billy Paynter 13. Jonathan Maxted 15. Liam Wakefield 21. Jack Uttridge 26. James Coppinger 30. Alex Peterson


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22 November 2013 : Interview With James Hayter
As part of the build-up to tonight's Championship away match against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, Yeovil Town striker James Hayter spoke to Sky Sports earlier in the week. James talks about his return to his former club, and his thoughts on both clubs and their progress.

Link: James Hayter Speaks To Sky Sports As Part Of The Build-Up To Doncaster.


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22 November 2013 : Gary Previews The Doncaster Away Game
As part of the build-up to tonight's Championship match against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Gary talks about past battles with Donny, as well as the ongoing situation with goalkeepers, and the selection of Chris Dunn.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Doncaster.


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22 November 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster Rovers
Later today, Yeovil Town set off to Yorkshire, as they take on Doncaster Rovers in a Championship match that will be televised live on Sky Sports. For those travelling to the Keepmoat Stadium, the Ciderspace guide will help you on your way - directions, parking, ticketing and a pub guide can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster Rovers.


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21 November 2013 : Johnson Still Likely To Move For Keeper Before Loan Deadline
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will continue to search for a new temporary goalkeeper, despite the surprise departure of Reading keeper Stuart Taylor. The 32 year old cut his loan deal short on Wednesday for unspecified 'personal reasons', leaving a hole in the Glovers first team squad. Tomorrow night against Doncaster Rovers, the most likely situation will be that goalkeeping coach Gareth Stewart will sit on the bench, whilst Reserve Team goalkeeper Chris Dunn will make his first team debut.

Speaking to BBC Somerset today, Gary said that he didn't see having Stewart as a substitute keeper to be a viable solution beyond tomorrow night's game, and that he did want two quality keepers that could compete against each other. That would mean dipping back into the loan market again before the window shuts on Thursday 28th November:

"With all due respect to Gareth, he's a keeper coach now, not only a keeper. He will do alright when we need him on the bench, but we are coming
into a period when we need two Championship keepers and if we get those it gives you the opportunity for those two to compete against each other. We don't need a one and a two, we need two number ones
."

The Glovers are not expecting first choice goalkeeper Marek Stech to be available until just before Christmas, with his broken hand taking longer to mend than the originally planned twelve week period. Johnson said he expected Stech to be missing for around another month, but said that he had full confidence in Dunn to perform well at the Keepmoat Stadium:

"The healing hasn't been quite right, it need another four weeks, so we have got to bring in somebody to cover that time. We are very confident going in with Chris (Dunn). He will get his chance and he's deserved his chance. I think the other lads would be disappointed if I didn't put Dunny in the team. He gets his opportunity and he's deserved it. I'm pleased that Dunny has got this opportunity and he will prove he's a decent keeper."

The club's other goalkeeper Matt Cafer made his second appearance for Weymouth last night where he is acting as cover for first choice Jason Matthews. Matt kept a clean sheet in his temporary club's 4-0 win over Poole Town in the Red Insure Cup.


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21 November 2013 : Donny Sign Man United Striker On Loan
Tomorrow evening's opponents Doncaster Rovers have brought in a striker ahead of the televised Championship clash at the Keepmoat Stadium. They have recruited Manchester United striker Federico Macheda, who has already spent one loan spell with Donny this season, only for it to be cut short by a hamstring injury. Now fit again, he has agreed to return to Yorkshire until December 31st 2013.

Macheda is a former Lazio youth player, who joined Manchester United at the age of sixteen. He has made 36 appearances for the Premier League side, scoring five times. They have also given him loan experience with Sampdoria, Queens Park Rangers and Vfb Stuttgart. His initial spell with Doncaster came in September, where he scored three times in five appearances.

He will be available for selection for tomorrow evening's game, which is live on Sky Sports and kicks off at 7.45p.m.


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21 November 2013 : Officials For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Yeovil Town's next Championship fixture have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Friday 22nd November 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

A well known former Premier League referee, Mr Attwell was demoted from his Select Group position in February 2012, and is now back at Football League level. At the age of just 29, he was an official who was promoted perhaps a little bit too quickly for his own good, landing on the Premier League's lists at the age of 25 after just one season in the Football League.

In September 2008 - just one month into his tenure as a full time referee, Mr Attwell was at the scene of a controversy that he will doubtless be forever associated with. He may feel somewhat aggrieved that the name of his linesman on the day - Nigel Bannister - is not so well known for the incident. A Championship match between Watford and Reading saw what is now referred to as the "ghost goal" - scored by Reading's Noel Hunt, but only after Watford's John Eustace had clearly played the ball out for a corner.

Television replays showed the extent of the blunder, with Mr Attwell bearing the brunt of it, despite Mr Bannister being the one who should have been better placed to judge the ball going out of play. Attwell and Bannister were dropped from their duties on the following weekend's fixtures amidst a tabloid-fuelled furore, but were reinstated on the following weekend.

His last game at Premier League level was the 2012 New Year's Day fixture between West Bromwich Albion and Everton. He then was given Football League fixtures and was present for Yeovil Town's worst defeat at Football League level, in April 2012, when he took charge of the home game against Stevenage. Can we blame a referee for a 6-0 defeat at home? That might be stretching it too far - we certainly didn't play well and so it would be wrong to put particular emphasis on Mr Attwell's performance, except to say that he was almost as poor as our defending was. Almost, but not quite.

We then had him in October 2012 for the home League One fixture against Bury. His main action during the match was to dish out a red card for Bury midfielder Zac Thompson. Sometimes dismissals can be controversial, so let's give you Bury's website view of it: "Zac Thompson dived at the ball with both feet off the floor ... there could only be one outcome." The Western Gazette agreed with the decision as well saying that he "had a decent afternoon and had no option but to send off Bury's Zac Thompson. He dealt well with the ill-tempered aftermath of the tackle."

Most recently we had him for the May 2013 League One Play-Off Semi-Final First Leg match against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Let's hope that the fact that it's a Friday night in Yorkshire and televised on Sky Sports does not result in a repeat of the 1-0 scoreline (although in the case of the Blades, we were able to put it right in the Second Leg). Mr Attwell had an okay game, although the Daily Telegraph noted after the match that the referee went against four penalty appeals during the night - two for each team - Luke Ayling's cross into the box late on that was blocked by a Blades hand was particularly memorable. Manager Gary Johnson said he felt the referee was guilty of playing to the Bramall Lane crowd a bit, although apart from the Ayling incident didn't single out anything specific.

Mr Attwell will be assisted by Simon Barrow (Staffordshire) and Edward Smart (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Kevin Wright (Cambridgeshire).

Link: April 2012 : Yeovil Town 0 Stevenage 6.

Link: October 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Bury 1.

Link: May 2013 : Sheffield United 1 Yeovil Town 0.


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20 November 2013 : Johnson Challenges Side To Perform In 'Cup Finals'
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he wants to see how his team performs against some of the sides in the bottom half of the table before making a firm decision over how to tailor his squad during the January transfer window. Having got through the last of the international breaks of 2013, the club now face a straight run of games between now and the end of the year, including several games that Johnson has freely labelled as six-pointers, against clubs just above his own in the current Championship table.

Speaking to BBC Somerset before saw goalkeeper Stuart Taylor return to Reading earlier today, Johnson didn't rule out making further moves in the loan market for outfield players before the loan transfer window closes next Thursday, but said his main focus would be on how his side could get on against teams closer to his own side's standards:

"We want to see how we're going against the Donnys and Barnsleys of this world. We've played all the top teams, and we've played all the teams that have come out of the Premier League, all one after the other. We then had Leeds thrown in, plus Leicester and Derby. To be honest with you, we're looking forward to playing the teams around us. They're all cup finals now, and the Donny game is the first one. Then we play Charlton pretty quickly, then we play Barnsley - all leading up to Christmas. So we'll get a better assessment of our team and our squad once we played a few of those teams."

In terms of the possibility of bringing players in before next Thursday, Johnson was cautious, adding: "The loan window closes on 28th November and if something comes up we might do some business" - the loss of Taylor since he said that will surely mean he will bring in a new goalkeeper by then.

Johnson's point about having played most of the Championship's top teams stacks up when measured against the current Championship table. With 15 matches played, the Glovers have yet to come up against eight clubs before we reach the halfway stage of the season. However, at present ten of the 15 matches so far have been against teams currently in the top half of the table. They have played only five teams in the bottom half of the table during that time.

Those they have yet to face are Blackpool (4th), Watford (7th), Bournemouth (13th), Huddersfield (15th), Blackburn Rovers (16th), Charlton Athletic (19th), Doncaster Rovers (21st) and Barnsley (23rd). They should play all of those between now and Boxing Day, which should then even up the clubs Yeovil Town have played.

Their form against sides in the top half and bottom half of the table is also rather skewed. The Glovers have lost eight out of their ten matches against teams in the top half. Yet of the five matches against teams in the bottom half, they've only lost two. The opportunity is therefore there to improve their current table position before Johnson properly reshapes his squad in January.


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20 November 2013 : Taylor Returns To Reading As Keeper Soap Opera Continues
Yeovil Town have cut short the loan spell of Reading goalkeeper Stuart Taylor. The 32 year old had been due to spend a one month period at the club as cover for Marek Stech but the deal has been torn up for what the club describe as "personal reasons".

Taylor's Yeovil career therefore lasted just 45 minutes of the Monday night friendly against Latvia, and leaves the club yet again searching for another loan goalkeeper, ahead of Friday night's trip to Doncaster Rovers. Reserve keeper Chris Dunn would stand by if the club do not get in a replacement before then.


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19 November 2013 : Duffy Picks Up Two More Under-21 Caps
Yeovil Town's on loan centre-back Shane Duffy has come through his double-international stint without any apparent problems, after his side drew 0-0 in Montenegro today. He has been playing at the Stadion Podgorica in Podgorica, where he captained the Republic of Ireland Under-21s in the second of two UEFA Championships Qualifying Round matches.

On Friday, Shane captained his country for another 90 minutes in a 5-2 win over the Faroe Islands in another qualifying match. All seven goals were scored during the opening 45 minutes, with Duffy setting up Ireland's fifth, after he headed the ball down into the danger area, following a corner, allowing Aiden O'Brien to finish off the move. Duffy then went close in the second period himself after a close range effort was well saved by the Faroe Islands keeper, in what turned into a goalless second half.

Shane will now return to Somerset, where he will hopefully be ready for a Thursday training session before the club head up to Yorkshire for the Friday night match against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium.

FRIDAY:
Republic of Ireland: Sean McDermott, Anthony O'Connor, Sean McGinty, Derrick Williams (Charles Dunne 63), Shane Duffy, Samir Carruthers, Callum Reilly, Aiden O'Brien (Will Hayhurst 82), Sean Murray (John O'Sullivan 74), Anthony Forde, Jack Grealish.

Faroe Islands: Teitur Gestson, Bardur Hansen, René Joensen, Pál Joensen, Ragnar Nattestad, Tróndur Jensen (Bogi Petersen 46), Gilli Sørensen, Brandur Olsen, Hallur Hansson, Gunnar Zachariasen (Sørmund Kalsø 84), Arni Fredriksberg (Ari Ellingsgaard 56).

TUESDAY:
Montenegro: Petković, Gojačanin (Jovović 69), Radunović, Bakrač, Vukčević, Kosović, Mugoša (Pejaković 79), Djordjević, Alić, Janković, Zorić (Kaludjerović 69).

Republic of Ireland: McDermott, Harriman, McGinty, Williams, Duffy, Carruthers, Reilly, Murray, Forde, O'Brien, Grealish.


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19 November 2013 : Gary Explains Taylor Loan Signing
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has explained his thinking in terms of his decision to bring Reading goalkeeper Stuart Taylor in on loan. The 32 year old was drafted in yesterday on a one month deal, to act as cover for Marek Stech, following Wayne Hennessey's return to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

With Stech yet to return to first team football, and the Glovers unable to extend Hennessey's deal further, Gary has made his move for Taylor, who has previously been on the books of Arsenal, Aston Villa and Manchester City, as well as playing for a number of clubs on loan. Gary told BBC Somerset that he felt Taylor was a little unfortunate to have generally been an understudy at other clubs:

"He's been one of those perennial number two goalkeepers really. He's at Reading at the moment, and he's fighting for that number two spot (with Alex McCarthy and Adam Federici) and the number one spot of course. But he's always been a top keeper. He's six-foot-six or six-foot-seven, and he's not dissimilar to Wayne Hennessey, to be honest. He's another experienced keeper for us."

With first choice keeper Stech having been out since he broke his hand against Birmingham City in August, there had initially been high hopes that he would make his return to the first team during the current international break. But Gary revealed that a trip to Marek's specialist had changed his plans, and he explained why he wasn't willing to just have second choice keeper Chris Dunn left on the club's books over the month of December:

"Marek will just be another month now. I hope that is the longest that it will be. We were hoping that he would be ready now, but he saw the specialist and he wasn't quite right. So we didn't want to take any risks with the tools of his trade, which are his hands. So we thought we'd get someone in for a month. It's unlucky on Chris Dunn, because we brought him in to take that opportunity, but I couldn't be left with just one goalie, with the loan window being closed on November 28th."

The loan transfer window closes at 5.00p.m. on Thursday 28th November. After that point, clubs are not allowed to make any loan or permanent signings until the Football League offices open, on or just after New Year's Day.


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18 November 2013 : Yeovil 0 Latvia 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to a single goal defeat tonight at Huish Park. Whilst 0-1 was an uncomfortably familiar scoreline to Glovers fans, the opposition wasn't, as the Latvia national side defeated them in a competitive friendly match. The one goal of the game came on 76 minutes when a right-wing cross from Andrejs Kovalovs was converted by Valerijs Sabala from close range. The Glovers had a number of chances themselves, but were often guilty of firing wide of the target.

Whilst Latvia opted for more conventional substitutions during the second half, Yeovil Town boss Gary Johnson opted to change almost his entire line-up at half time with only Liam Fontaine playing a full 90 minutes worth of football throughout the match. There was a 45 minute debut for Reading loanee Stuart Taylor tonight, giving him a chance to loosen himself up for what seems likely to be his competitive debut on Friday night.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Latvia 1.

Scorers: Valerijs Sabala (0-1, 76 mins)

Yeovil Town: (first half)
25. Stuart Taylor 2. Luke Ayling 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt) 4. Joe Edwards 5. Byron Webster 8. Ed Upson 11. Fraser Fyvie 17. Paddy Madden 19. Joe Ralls 20. Liam Fontaine 23. Joel Grant

Yeovil Town: (second half)
24. Chris Dunn (GK) 6. Dan Seaborne 7. Kevin Dawson 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 20. Liam Fontaine 21. Liam Davis 22. Joey Jones 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi

Latvia:
12. Aleksandrs Kolinko 6. Vladidlavs Gabovs 4. Nauris Bulvitis 16. Antons Kurankins 2. Vitalijs Maksimenko 18. Aleksandrs Fertovs 19. Andrejs Kovalovs 17. Artus Zjuzins 15. Artis Lazdins 8. Jurijs Zigajevs 11. Eduards Visnakovs

Substitutes:
23. Germans Malins 7. Alans Sinelnikovs (53 mins for Jurijs Zigajevs) 14. Ritvars Rugins (75 mins for Artus Zjuzins) 3. Renars Rode 20. Daniils Turkovs (84 mins for Eduards Visnakovs) 5. Juris Laizans 10. Valerijs Sabala (60 mins)

Referee: Paul Rees. Assistants: Adam Ricketts and David Ricketts. Fourth Official: Richard Hulme.

Attendance: 1,567.


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18 November 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Latvia
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for tonight's match against the Latvia national side. The Glovers have given Reading goalkeeper Stuart Taylor his first start for the club since his arrival on loan earlier today. They have also named all available first team squad members suggesting that there will be widescale substitutions later in the game.

Latvia's side includes former Glovers loanee Vitalijs Maksimenko, making his first return to the club since being part of the squad that completed the 2012-13 season. The teams read as follows:

Yeovil Town:
25. Stuart Taylor 2. Luke Ayling 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt) 4. Joe Edwards 5. Byron Webster 8. Ed Upson 11. Fraser Fyvie 17. Paddy Madden 19. Joe Ralls 20. Liam Fontaine 23. Joel Grant

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn (GK) 6. Dan Seaborne 7. Kevin Dawson 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 21. Liam Davis 22. Joey Jones 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi

Latvia:
12. Aleksandrs Kolinko 6. Vladidlavs Gabovs 4. Nauris Bulvitis 16. Antons Kurankins 2. Vitalijs Maksimenko 18. Aleksandrs Fertovs 19. Andrejs Kovalovs 17. Artus Zjuzins 15. Artis Lazdins 8. Jurijs Zigajevs 11. Eduards Visnakovs

Substitutes:
23. Germans Malins 7. Alans Sinelnikovs 14. Ritvars Rugins 3. Renars Rode 20. Daniils Turkovs 5. Juris Laizans 10. Valerijs Sabala

Referee: Paul Rees. Assistants: Adam Ricketts and David Ricketts. Fourth Official: Richard Hulme.


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18 November 2013 : Bleazard Makes Home Town Return For Ladies
Hot on the heels of last week's signing Katie Sherwood, Yeovil Town Ladies FC have snapped up Helen Bleazard to further boost their midfield as they head towards their debut season in the expanded FA WSL.

Although Bleazard, like Sherwood is a Welsh International and joins Yeovil from FA WSL side Chelsea, today’s move is a return home for Helen who has always lived in Yeovil and came up through the youth team ranks before moving on several years ago to build her playing career. Bleazard, who has 13 Welsh caps, has previously played for clubs like Chelsea and Bristol Academy in the FA WSL. Yeovil Town Ladies FC Manager Sarah Lawler said:

"I have known Helen for years in a coaching and playing capacity, so I know she is a talented player who will add depth to the great squad we have built at the club. Helen has experience of playing at Bristol and Chelsea in the last few seasons so she will be fully aware of the commitment and dedication needed. Over the last few off seasons she has trained and played with us so she knows the quality we have here and there’s never been a more exciting time at the club. We welcome her back to her home town club!"

Helen Bleazard was delighted by the move and added:

"I am really pleased to sign for my home town club where it all began for me. The club is moving in a direction that is very positive and I want to be part of the future of this club locally. I've been involved in the club since the age of eight and feel this is the right place for me to develop as a player and help the team start the new WSL season

Commenting Club Chairman David Mills said of the move:

"How much more fitting could it be than to see the best female player the town of Yeovil has ever produced playing for us in our debut FA WSL season. Helen is an example to our Youth team players that they can aspire to play at the highest level."

[Yeovil Town Ladies Press Release.]


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18 November 2013 : A Royals Confirmation For Taylor
Further to yesterday's news item, Championship side Reading have now confirmed that a deal for goalkeeper Stuart Taylor has now been completed. The 32 year old will join the Glovers on an initial one month's loan as the club continue to be without first choice keeper Marek Stech, who is expected to be out until around Christmas.

As a result, Taylor will compete with Chris Dunn for a place in the team for next month, and should feature in tonight's friendly against Latvia at Huish Park, where he will come up against Royals team-mate Kaspars Gorkss. Director of Football Nick Hammond describes the deal as another in a long list of players who have headed out on loan from the Madejski Stadium down to Somerset:

"It's a good opportunity for Stuart to play go and play some games, we’ve got a good relationship with Gary Johnson down there and so it suits both parties."

Link: Stuart Taylor Player Profile.


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18 November 2013 : Latvian Squad At Bucklers Mead
It's not every day that a country's national squad comes to Yeovil. The Latvia squad arrived at Bristol Airport on Saturday morning, following their international match against the Republic of Ireland on Friday night, and made their way down to the Yeovil Court Hotel which they have been using as their base during their stay in Somerset.

On Saturday, the the Baltic country's side made their way to Bucklers Mead Leisure Centre, which boasts its own 3G artificial football pitch, complete with floodlights - a surface that has been regularly used by Yeovil Town's first team as well as Yeovil Town Ladies since its opening. That allowed the Latvians a chance to stretch their legs between Friday night's game and tonight's friendly fixture at Huish Park.

They also made use of the main Huish Park pitch last night, which coincided with Head Coach Marian Pahars meeting Glovers fans as part of a 'Question and Answer' session with Glovers boss Gary Johnson. Below are a few pictures from the Latvians training session at Bucklers Mead.

Latvia's national squad pose for a group photo at Bucklers Mead Leisure Centre
Latvia's national squad pose for a group photo at Bucklers Mead Leisure Centre
Photo © 2013 Bucklers Mead Leisure Centre

Latvia's national squad in training at Bucklers Mead Leisure Centre
Latvia's national squad in training at Bucklers Mead Leisure Centre
Photo © 2013 Bucklers Mead Leisure Centre

Latvia's national squad under the floodlights at Bucklers Mead Leisure Centre
Latvia's national squad under the floodlights at Bucklers Mead Leisure Centre
Photo © 2013 Bucklers Mead Leisure Centre



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18 November 2013 : Ticketing For Huddersfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Huddersfield Town are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Sunday 29th December 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the John Smith's Stadium (previously known as the Galpharm Stadium). Ticket prices for this game are as follows:

Adults: £23.00; Over-60s: £13.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-8s: £5.00.

Away supporters are located at one end of the ground in the South Stand (currently dubbed the John Smith's Stand) which has a 4,000 seat capacity.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Latvia.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Watford vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Online Ticketing Promotion For Four Championship Games.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.


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17 November 2013 : Glovers Line Up Taylor Loan Move
Yeovil Town are close to finalising a loan move for Reading goalkeeper Stuart Taylor. The agreement comes with the Glovers yet to get first choice keeper Marek Stech back to full match fitness, following a broken hand sustained during the August 2013 match against Birmingham City. Johnson raised concerns last week that Stech might not be ready for Friday's trip to Doncaster Rovers, airing his frustrations that he couldn't keep Wolverhampton Wanderers keeper Wayne Hennessey for any longer.

Although Stech is back in training at Huish Park, he has yet to play in any of the club's Reserve Team matches, and has now had over three months out from competitive matches. Johnson is therefore turning to Taylor - a 32 year old goalkeeper who is currently on the books of Reading, but has previously featured for Arsenal, Aston Villa and Manchester City as well as a large number of loan clubs, including Bristol Rovers.

Born in Romford on November 28th 1980, he has represented England at Under-16, Under-18, Under-20 and Under-21 level, but overall has struggled to break into regular first team football throughout his career, usually acting as an understudy to other club's No.1 keepers. He played four matches for Reading last season in the Premier League - all during March 2013, sitting behind Adam Federici and former Glovers loanee Alex McCarthy in their pecking order.

Gary Johnson has revealed his interest at tonight's 'Meet The Manager' session at Huish Park - as yet the deal has not gone through, but the fact that Johnson is willing to reveal his interest would suggest that it has been verbally agreed. Stech is expected to need a further month to reach full first team fitness suggesting that Taylor would be brought in for at least that period, but could be kept until the turn of the year if Johnson has worries about being left without two fit goalkeepers over the busy Christmas schedule. The paperwork on an initial one month deal is expected to be completed tomorrow, allowing him to play in the friendly against the Latvia national side.


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17 November 2013 : Video : Gary Johnson Talks To The Latvian Football Federation
As part of the build-up to tomorrow night's home friendly against the Latvia national team, the Latvian Football Federation have conducted an interview with Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson. Gary talks about the game at Huish Park, as well as his reunion with those in charge of the Latvian squad and some of his memories of coaching there. The footage on the video is taken at the hotel that the squad are staying in, as well as at Bucklers Mead Leisure Centre who hosted the Baltic region side for a training session on Saturday. Watch the seven minute clip via the YouTube clip below.




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17 November 2013 : The Not-So Glamorous Start To A Future England Footballer's Career
With this weekend providing Championship and Premier League clubs with another break for international matches, inevitably there is plenty of focus upon those taking the big stage in such games. One of those is Tottenham Hotspur's Andros Townsend, who has burst onto the international stage this season without too many having predicted his rise prior to his England debut just over a month ago against Montenegro.

The Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency have interviewed Townsend for this weekend, in a feature that is being dubbed as 'from bedsits to Brazil', tracking Townsend's rise up through the ranks from when he turned professional as a graduate from the Spurs academy. The 'bedsits' provide a bit of poetic licence - referring to the accommodation he and Jonathan Obika enjoyed when they were placed on loan at Yeovil Town back in March 2009 when Townsend was merely 17 years old.

Townsend told the press that whilst he was down in Somerset, he and Obika smuggled in an electric stove, so they could cook meals in their room, rather than be tempted out into the town centre for takeaway food. He describes his Yeovil experience as a 'humble' beginning to his career as a professional first team footballer:

"We went so young. We were so young, naive and professional. We wanted to do everything right and make our loan successful. We took an electric stove and we used to take turns to cook for each other, and clean for each other. It was a humble beginning, really. I just cooked the basics - pasta, anything pasta-based I could do."

Whilst the 22 year old is unlikely to know whether he will land on a plane to Brazil for around another six months, he is happy to discuss the possibility of it, now that he appears to be a regular inclusion in Head Coach Roy Hodgson's England squads. However he adds that he is trying not to get carried away with the situation:

"Obviously when you're a youngster, when you're at school in the playground, you pretend you're at the World Cup; you pretend you're at the World Cup final, taking the winning penalty. You go to bed at night dreaming of lifting the World Cup. I'm no different to any youngster, but I think now it's a genuine possibility, I don't think I've allowed myself to think about it or talk about it. I'm with the England squad now and the main aim of us being here is to impress the manager to try and get in the squad. Of course everyone thinks about it. I'd be lying if I said I didn't."


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17 November 2013 : Video : Latvia National Squad Arrive In Yeovil
Ahead of tomorrow's match at Huish Park, the Latvian Football Federation have put together a three minute video showing their team's arrival in the UK yesterday. Covering their journey from Bristol Airport down to Yeovil, and their arrival at their hotel, you'll find Glovers boss Gary Johnson appears several times during the clip. Thankfully there's not too much Latvian needed to understand this video - watch it via the YouTube clip below.



Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To TalkSport As Part Of The Build-Up To Latvia.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Lativa : Meet The Managers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Latvia.


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16 November 2013 : Gary Talks About The Latvia Game
On Monday night, Yeovil Town will take part in an unusual event even by the club's own varied historical standards. They take on the Latvia national side in a friendly match (kick-off 7.30p.m.) and ahead of that game, Glovers boss Gary Johnson spoke to TalkSport radio about the game. With questions from presenter Geoff Peters, Gary talks about that match, and also the importance of the following Friday's trip to Doncaster Rovers. Read the full interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To TalkSport As Part Of The Build-Up To Latvia.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Lativa : Meet The Managers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Latvia.


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16 November 2013 : Martinez Happy With Duffy Progress
Everton manager Roberto Martinez has said that Shane Duffy's loan experience he is getting at Huish Park is 'exactly what he needed' to help develop him as a player. The 21 year old has made seven full first team appearances since arriving on loan at the tail end of September, on a month deal that was later extended until the end of November, and has made a good impression amongst Glovers supporters.

Unsurprisingly Martinez has been getting his own feedback on Duffy's progress. Like many Premier League clubs, the Toffees have a number of players out on loan, with Francisco Junior playing at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, and Luke Garbutt on loan at League One side Colchester United. The Everton boss told his club's website that he felt all three were getting good experience, and that Duffy was showing strong leadership qualities:

"I think they are getting a perfect experience, which is exactly what they needed in their careers. That is something that is vital for any player, in any stage of your young career, in order to fulfill your potential. I think Shane Duffy is enjoying a really really good experience down at Yeovil. The league itself - the Championship - is exactly what Shane needed. He's trying things, he's experimenting, and he's bringing in real leadership and qualities into the team, and he's been performing at a really high standard."

Under the Emergency Loan rules, Yeovil Town believe that Duffy's loan deal could be extended further for up to 93 days, which would take him roughly as far as the club's Boxing Day fixture, if all parties agree to a third month. At the present point in time, it would appear that Martinez feels his player's spell in Somerset is working out well.


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15 November 2013 : GWSC Travel To Doncaster Rovers
Yeovil Town's next away match is a Championship match against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. The game takes place on Friday 22nd November 2013, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for this game as follows:

Doncaster Rovers : Friday 22nd November 2013.
Bus Station: n/a; Huish Park: 12.00 noon
Adult Members: £26.00; Member Concessions: £24.00
Adult Non-Members: £28.00; Non-Member Concessions: £26.00

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or if you want to call him try after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

As with all coach bookings, please make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Lativa : Meet The Managers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Latvia.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Watford vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Online Ticketing Promotion For Four Championship Games.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.


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15 November 2013 : FA Set Precedent On Players Using Up Yellow Cards
The Football Association have set a significant precedence by charging a player with misconduct for deliberately picking up a booking. Leyton Orient midfielder Romain Vincelot has been banned for an additional match after he was found guilty of engineering a yellow card against Southport in their FA Cup First Round match at Brisbane Road.

Vincelot kicked the ball away during the final ten minutes of the match in a manner that match referee Kevin Johnson felt strongly enough to include in his own match report of the game. The player was subsequently charged with a breach of FA Rule E3, and although he denied the charge, he has been found guilty, and thus will now miss tomorrow's match against Preston North End, having already served the standard ban on Tuesday night against Stevenage.

Vincelot's motive was claimed to be an attempt for him to serve his ban during his side's Johnstone's Paint Trophy match against Stevenage, rather than during one of Orient's higher priority League One fixtures. The FA said of their unusual decision:

"The FA brought the charge on the basis that his conduct was an attempt to undermine the purpose of the disciplinary process and the integrity of the competitions in which Leyton Orient are participating."

The move itself could make a few managers and players rethink what has often been perceived to be a 'tactic' in football when clubs have players close to five or ten bookings. Although it is almost impossible for a referee to know what's inside a player's mind, any booking for timewasting or kicking the ball away during the final ten minutes of a match may come under a bit more scrutiny from now on, if that takes that player past a particular threshold a few days before a 'lesser' cup match.


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15 November 2013 : Ticketing For AFC Bournemouth vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's Championship away match against AFC Bournemouth are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Thursday 26th December (Boxing Day) with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Dean Court. Ticket prices for this match are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Under-16s, Over-65s and Full Time Students: £12.00

Students will only be admitted at the concessionary rate upon production of Photo ID which they must also present to the turnstile operator on the day of the game.

There are also options available for Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters - these vary according to whether you are on the lower/middle rate of mobility or the higher rate. Those who are on the lower/middle rate qualify for a concessionary ticket but any assistant required must pay the standard admission price. For those on the higher rate, you can admit an assistant free of charge. All tickets are sold by the Huish Park Ticket Office but if you have any queries or further requirements, Bournemouth can be emailed at disability@afcb.co.uk

NOTE: Due to the expected level of interest and the allocation provided by Bournemouth, tickets will be on sale to Season Ticket Holders ONLY from today until Friday 29th November. They will then go on general sale from Monday 2nd December. Season Ticket holders can purchase four tickets per season ticket. They can purchase additional tickets if they have more than one season ticket. If they are buying on behalf of someone else they won't need the season ticket to be present however the Client Number on the Season Ticket would be useful and they will be asked to confirm the supporters name and address that they are purchasing for. All tickets are on a first come first serve basis and tickets will not be reserved unless paid for.

All tickets are available by telephone 01935 847888 or in person at the Huish Park Ticket Office.

NOTE: On the day of the game, supporters are advised to take their places early to avoid congestion, in what is likely to be a close to capacity crowd.


Link: Yeovil Town vs Lativa : Meet The Managers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Latvia.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Watford vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Online Ticketing Promotion For Four Championship Games.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System (Home Games Only).

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices (Home Games Only).

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.


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14 November 2013 : Johnson Hints At Latvia Visit
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson is hoping that next Monday's friendly against the Latvia national side may help rekindle his side's relationship with the Baltic country. The Glovers welcome Marian Pahars and his countrymen to Huish Park on November 18th for a match that kicks off at 7.30p.m. and provides the Latvians with a second fixture on their travels on their way back from the Republic of Ireland.

During Johnson's first spell with the club, he took the Glovers out to Latvia on a pre-season tour, just prior to the 2002-03 season starting, with the club playing Skonto Riga, FK Auda and FK Ventspils across a week's stay in July 2002. They had also played Skonto Riga in a Huish Park friendly the previous season in a night game.

Johnson has told this week's Western Gazette that he hopes that a good reception for the visitors next Monday, a strong attendance and a competitive match could lead to more things in the future:

"It's another first for the club. We need a good gate to make a big game and get a bit of atmosphere. We have tried to make it as cheap as possible and if it goes well then there's every chance of us being invited to Riga at the beginning of next season. It will be nice to give the Latvians a warm welcome."

For details on ticketing for Sunday's 'Meet The Managers' event, and Monday's football match, head via the links below.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Lativa : Meet The Managers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Latvia.


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14 November 2013 : Yeovil 2 Cardiff 1 : Reserve Team Match Statistics
Yeovil Town Reserves gained a useful win over their Cardiff City counterparts this afternoon, in the latest behind-closed-doors game to be arranged for fringe players. In this afternoon's match, pretty much the whole first team squad got a look-in, with the Glovers playing two different sides across the two halves - only Chris Dunn and returning loanee Fraser Fyvie were retained after the break.

Left-back Jamie McAllister gave Yeovil the lead 26 minutes into the match when he fired home from just inside the box to give a 1-0 lead at half time. Cardiff's Jordan Mutch scored from 25 yards out, direct from a free kick to level the scores early in the second period, before a close range James Hayter header regained the lead for the Glovers.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 2 Cardiff City Reserves 1.

Scorers: Jamie McAllister (1-0), Jordan Mutch (1-1), James Hayter (2-1).

Yeovil Town Reserves: (starting line-up)
Chris Dunn, Joe Edwards, Byron Webster, Liam Fontaine, Luke Ayling, Jamie McAllister, Joel Grant, Ed Upson, Fraser Fyvie, Joe Ralls, Paddy Madden.

Cardiff City Reserves: (starting line-up)
Ben Wilson, John Brayford, Kane Owen, Jordan Mutch, Mark Hudson, Matthew Connolly, Tommy Smith, Joe Mason, Andreas Cornelius, Craig Noone, Nicky Maynard


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14 November 2013 : Yeovil Town Ladies Sign Up Welsh International
Yeovil Town Ladies FC are delighted to confirm the signing of outstanding defensive midfield player Katie Sherwood as they move towards their debut season in the expanded FA WSL. The recruitment of Katie Sherwood (formerly Daley), who was said to be on the radar of a number of FAWSL 1 & 2 clubs, represents a major boost to Yeovil Town Ladies FC.

Sherwood, who has 46 Welsh caps, has previously played for clubs like Chelsea, Bristol Academy, and Cardiff City has also played in the United States for Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders. Yeovil Town Ladies FC Manager Sarah Lawler said

"I am really excited to work with Katie and think she will be a fantastic addition to the talented squad we have here. It's important to us that those players coming to play for Yeovil Town Ladies FC really buy into our club philosophy and on meeting with Katie it was very clear that she was exactly the kind of player we had been looking for to add strength and depth to the squad."

Katie Sherwood was equally pleased about the move when she said

"After meeting with Sarah it was an easy decision that Yeovil Town was the club for me. Yeovil is very much a family club and their professional approach and ambition for the coming season was a real selling point. I feel really excited and focused for the season ahead and I look forward to playing a part in making Yeovil Town Ladies FC a successful FA Women's Super League 2 team."

Commenting Club Chairman David Mills said

"When we recently met Katie it was clear that her vision matched our own and I am delighted that Katie has decided to join the Yeovil Town Ladies FC family."

Katie Sherwood, who has returned to training following the birth of her second child, Isabella, is shown with a Yeovil Town Ladies shirt
Katie Sherwood, who has returned to training following the birth of her second child, Isabella, is shown with a Yeovil Town Ladies shirt



[Yeovil Town Ladies Press Release.]


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14 November 2013 : Bluebirds Set To Visit For Training Match
Yeovil Town have arranged the latest in their series of low-key friendly matches, that will allow fringe players a chance to keep themselves match-fit, with the club operating without a formal Reserve Team. Like the majority of these matches, this one will not be open to the public, with Cardiff City travelling down to the Yeovil area today.

The Premier League side are expected to field Denmark international centre-forward Andreas Cornelius in their line-up, with the 20 year old having recovered from an ankle injury that has prevented him from making a competitive first team appearance since August. They are using the fixture as his comeback match. Boss Malky Mackay has said that he will be monitored carefully during the match and after:

"We want Andreas back playing and it’s been frustrating for him, but I have to look at the situation carefully and so do Cardiff City’s medical people. We hope he will start against Yeovil where he will get his first run-out for a while. We’ll see how he is and it’s important we bleed him back in gently."

Whilst the Glovers line-up has not been revealed, we'd expect Saturday's substitutes Chris Dunn, James Hayter, Kieffer Moore, Sam Hoskins, Liam Fontaine, Liam Davis and Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi to all be involved, along with Joe Jones.

The Glovers have a friendly against Latvia at Huish Park next Monday, which will also help players maintain match-fitness during the international break. The players are expected to be given a 'long weekend' off in between these two fixtures.


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13 November 2013 : Glovers Feature In Town's Christmas Lights Switch-On
Yeovil Town Football Club will feature significantly as part of the town centre's official switch-on of their Christmas lights tomorrow evening. The lights get turned on tomorrow evening in an event hosted at the Quedam Shopping Centre at 6.30p.m. with entertainment starting from 5.00p.m. in the town.

As part of 40 displays that are being erected around the town, you will find a 'festive greeting' commissioned by Yeovil Town, in Westminster Street, that features animated players. The display was sponsored to the tune of £3,500. Other funding for the display comes from Yeovil Town Council and associated local traders. South Somerset District Council, the Town Centre Partnership, the Yeovil Chamber and the Old Mill Group have all helped provide funding what the Town Council see as a significant investment in the town's Christmas lights.

Yeovil College student Jack Goodland of West Coker, who represented the UK in the World Transplant Games has been invited to switch the lights on. Jack was diagnosed with kidney failure at seven weeks old, and subsequently had a kidney transplant at a young age. Whilst he will be the main man on the stage, Yeovil Mayor Manny Roper and Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson will also be involved as part of the occasion.

They also promise food stalls, fun fair attractions, a bouncy castle (for the children only!) and even a Harry Styles look-a-like (you may need to ask one of the younger females in your household who he is!) who will pose for pictures. There is also an offer of free parking on Thursday nights between 4.00p.m. and 6.00p.m. in the run-up to Christmas, when many outlets will have late night opening.


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13 November 2013 : Fyvie Back On Track After Somerset Return
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Fraser Fyvie has returned to Huish Park this week, having recovered sufficiently from injury to team up with the Glovers again. The Wigan Athletic player had been back at the DW Stadium for treatment on a shoulder injury that he was unfortunate enough to sustain during his debut against Brighton and Hove Albion.

As expected, his injury kept him out to just beyond the game against his parent club - he will now be able to train with the Glovers during this week and next, and will hopefully be available for selection against Doncaster Rovers in nine days time.


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12 November 2013 : Ladies Introduce Super Jobs For The Super League
Two fantastic jobs are up for grabs as Yeovil Town Ladies FC builds towards playing in the Women's Super League, the FA WSL. The club is looking to recruit both a General Manager and a Match Day Promotions/Marketing Officer. Club Chairman David Mills thinks both posts could be dream jobs for the right candidates. He explained:

"The FA WSL has significant support from the FA, so as well as being pivotal in our objective to being a big hit in the FA WSL, both positions are fantastic opportunities to build skill sets. We are very much looking for people who want to evolve with us as a club and the FA WSL as a league."

The closing date for both jobs is 26th November and the persons appointed are due to start their new roles in early January

For further information please contact Chairman David Mills on 0753-1172531 or email him at david.mills@yeoviltownladies.com.

NOTE: There are four documents that can be downloaded via the links below. All require Acrobat Reader to view the PDF files. There is a Job Briefing and a Job Description for each of the two positions.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : Match Promotion/Marketing Officer : Job Briefing.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : Match Promotion/Marketing Officer : Job Description.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : General Manager : Job Briefing.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : General Manager : Job Description.

[Yeovil Town Ladies Press Release.]


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12 November 2013 : Gary's Pre-Kick-Off Wigan Home Interview
Just before Sunday's home match against Wigan Athletic kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary gives his thoughts on playing Wigan, with specific attention to why he recalled Luke Ayling and Paddy Madden to the side.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Wigan.


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12 November 2013 : Johnson Frustrated At Hennessey Spell Ending
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has aired his frustrations at not being able to keep Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey for an extended period of time. The 26 year old's loan spell officially ends this Saturday, but with an international break now in force, and Wayne having received a call-up for Wales again, his time at Huish Park ended on Sunday with the 0-1 home defeat against Wigan Athletic.

The club are unable to extend Hennessey's loan deal further, due to the Emergency Loan rules, which only allow a player to spend a maximum of 93 days at a single club during the season. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Gary implied that he would have preferred to have kept him for a longer period, particularly given that Wolves are likely to keep faith in their current first choice keeper Carl Ikeme, leaving Hennessey stuck on the Molineux bench:

"We're sorry to lose Wayne, because he really has been a quality goalkeeper. But we wish him well, and as I've said everybody has gained from it. It's another one of those rules where you're thinking 'Poor old Wayne - if he goes back to Wolves then he's probably not going to play there'. These (Emergency Loan) rules are for 93 days, and some of those rules stop people playing - whereas somebody wants him to play, and they can't have them."

Glovers first choice keeper Marek Stech has been out since August with a broken hand, and has yet to return to competitive action, although is understood to have returned to full training now. That then leaves the question of whether he will be ready for the trip to Doncaster Rovers in ten days time, or whether Johnson needs to look at the loan market again. His other short term option could be Reserve keeper Chris Dunn, who has yet to make a first team appearance for the club, but Johnson pointed out did keep two clean sheets for Coventry City as a Championship player during the 2011-12 season:

"Yes he has - for Coventry. I'm sure Dunny would do the job. Marek is getting better, by the way. He's now 13 weeks into it, and he's certainly doing his handling now. It will be about match sharpness. But Dunny won't let us down."

There should be more certainty about Stech's current level of match fitness when the club play the Latvia national side in a friendly at Huish Park scheduled for next Monday. If the Czech Republic keeper is to be ready for the trip to Yorkshire, then he will undoubtedly need to get at least 45 minutes between the sticks in that game, rather than going into the side cold. Thus that game should give a strong hint as to where Johnson's plans may lie next with respect to goalkeepers.


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12 November 2013 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Wigan Athletic Match Highlights
For those who want to relive Sunday afternoon's match against Wigan Athletic, highlights of the game have been uploaded to the Sky Sports website. In addition to the winning goal from Marc-Antoine Fortune, the two minute clip also includes chances for Glovers trio Joe Edwards, Paddy Madden and Joel Grant. They also include footage of the two incidents that saw Glovers defenders clear the ball off their goal-line on multiple occasions.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Wigan Athletic Match Highlights.


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11 November 2013 : Ladies Reserves Promising Despite Defeat At Villa
Despite a promising performance, Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves lost out 4-1 to Aston Villa in a FAWSL Development League Cup match played yesterday in the Midlands. The end result unfortunately didn't reflect the type of game played between the two sides. Although Villa scored an early goal, Yeovil pressed well and fought hard to regain possession of the ball. This pressure paid off when Amy Wathan equalised in the 16th minute after a great cross from Polly Wardle. The Glovers had the chance to take the lead when Jodi Cornwall was awarded a penalty after being brought down in the box, only to be denied by a brilliant save from the Villa keeper.

With some good build up play, Yeovil were able to create other chances, none of which could be converted. A lapse in concentration enabled Villa to score their second and take the lead on the stroke of half time. Unfortunately, Villa dominated the second half and Yeovil were unable to replicate their first half performance, this allowed Villa to score two more goals through good build up play and passing. Manager Andy Dickinson said after the game:

"Although we lost today, there were positives to take from the game, especially our first half performance. We will continue to push on and develop to ensure we can improve and perform throughout the whole game."

Next week the Reserves are back to League action with a trip to Chelsea - 2.00p.m. kick-off at Cobham.

Final Score: Aston Villa Ladies Reserves 4 Yeovil Town Ladies Reserves 1.

Yeovil Scorer: Amy Wathan (16 mins, 1-1)

Line-Up: Evans, Keehan, Jackson, Wakely, Guy-Kemp (Boston), Wardle, Cossens, Beck (O'Rourke), Guard (Slade), Wathan, Cornwall.

[Report by Stacey Pearson - Yeovil Town Ladies.]


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11 November 2013 : Wigan Boss Unhappy With McClean Poppy Reports
Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle has heavily rejected claims that he removed one of his players from his matchday squad because of his refusal to wear a 'poppy shirt'. Winger James McClean was left out of the Latics team for the game at Huish Park, but Coyle insists that it was injury that saw him removed from the squad, and not the 24 year old's personal beliefs.

The Derry-born player last season, as a Sunderland player, decided not to wear one of his club's commemorative shirts in November 2012 - instead donating his non-embroidered match shirt towards a children's cancer ward in Dublin for auction. Thus his exclusion yesterday, along with a lack of an explanation for it, led to the media reporting claims that he had been dropped from the team.

Coyle responded after his side's 1-0 away win, indicating that his player had picked up a dead leg in training, and confirmed that if he had been fit then he would have been in the side. Coyle found suggestions that he would have dropped his player to be 'embarrassing':

"The only reason James McClean didn't play today because he was injured, it's as simple as that. He would certainly have been involved if he was fit. I'm never evasive and always up front, but I'm actually embarrassed that I'm getting asked that question in this day and age."

On the game itself - sealed by a 78th minute Marc-Antoine Fortune goal - Coyle felt that his side were worth the win, pointing out that Yeovil Town players, including Shane Duffy, Luke Ayling, Byron Webster and Sam Foley, had to make goal line clearances in Latics chances before his side struck with the crucial goal. However, he had admitted that the Glovers had started the game well:

"We've been outstanding in the seven games we've played this month. Anyone who's watched our games will know we have a quality side. I thought we had a slow start in the game, Yeovil bossed it for the first 20 minutes, but in the 10 minutes beforehand there was only one team taking charge, and that was us. We had three cleared off the line, hit the woodwork, and were really in the ascendancy. We came out and dominated the second half and had numerous chances. You've got to give credit to Yeovil. They are a good side and battle away and their quality belies their league position."


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11 November 2013 : Duffy Given Double Ireland Call-Up
The Republic of Ireland have named Yeovil Town defender Shane Duffy in their Under-21 squad for a pair of matches over the international break. The Everton loanee has been listed in a side that plays two UEFA U21 Qualifying Round Group 6 matches over the coming fortnight, meaning that he will miss some training sessions, along with next Monday's match against the Latvia national side. All being well, he will return in time for the Friday 22nd November trip to Doncaster Rovers, meaning that he shouldn't miss any competitive fixtures.

The Under-21s face the Faroe Islands in a home match that will be played at the Showgrounds, Sligo on Friday 15th November (kick-off 3.45p.m.) then follow that up with a trip to Montenegro where they will play at the Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica on Tuesday 19th November (kick-off 4.00p.m. UK/Ireland time). Hopefully that will then allow him to return to Huish Park by the Thursday in time for a spot of training before the club head up to Yorkshire.

The full squad for the two games is as follows:

Aaron McCarey Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Seán McDermott Sandnes Ulf FC
Matt Doherty Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Michael Harriman QPR FC – on-loan to Gillingham FC
Shane Duffy Everton FC – on-loan to Yeovil Town FC
Seán McGinty Sheffield United FC
Derrick Williams Bristol City FC
Anthony O'Connor Blackburn Rovers FC – on-loan to Torquay United
Charles Dunne Blackpool FC – on-loan to Wycombe Wanderers FC
John O'Sullivan Blackburn Rovers FC
Joe Shaughnessy Aberdeen FC
Callum Reilly Birmingham City FC
Anthony Forde Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
Seán Murray Watford FC
Samir Carruthers Aston Villa FC – on-loan to MK Dons FC
Jack Grealish Aston Villa FC – on-loan to Notts County FC
Aiden O'Brien Millwall FC
Will Hayhurst Preston North End FC
Connor Smith Watford


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11 November 2013 : Online Ticketing Promotion For Four Championship Games
Yeovil Town have launched an online ticketing promotion for their next quartet of Championship games. The Glovers take on Blackpool (Dec 3rd, 7.45p.m.), Charlton Athletic (Dec 7th, 3.00p.m.), Blackburn Rovers (Dec 21st, 3.00p.m.) and Watford (Jan 1st, 5.30p.m.) over the December and Christmas Holiday period and you can get a reduction in the costs of purchasing a match ticket via the club's online system for these games.

The reductions apply to Adult and Senior tickets only. You can claim a reduction per ticket of £5.00 compared with the standard matchday price (or £3.00 against the pre-match price). Prices on the system are already preadjusted to reflect this, meaning that the cost you'll see on the system for those games already takes into account the level of discount.

Note that the online system does charge a £2.50 delivery charge, but as that is a single charge regardless of how many tickets you purchase, if you buy more than one ticket then the effect of that becomes significantly reduced.

The offer for each match will be in place up until the day before the relevant matchday, and so will not be available on the day of the game. It is available to home supporters only. To make your purchases, head via the link below.

Link: Huish Park Ticket Office : Online Ticketing System.

Link: 2013-14 Huish Park Championship Ticket Prices.

Link: Yeovil Town vs Lativa : Meet The Managers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Latvia.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Watford vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.


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11 November 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Wigan Home Game
Following Sunday afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Wigan Athletic at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Gary's post-match views, as well as his thoughts on January player recruitment can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Wigan Home Game.


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10 November 2013 : This Must Be Some Sort Of A Record Attendance, Surely?
Those of you who were inside Huish Park for this afternoon's home Championship game against Wigan Athletic might have thought that the ground wasn't quite as full as it has been for some games this season. But if you thought that, then think again! Those who were watching the Sky Sports News coverage of the afternoon's football managed to spot the attendance that Sky declared for this game on the final whistle.

A grand total of 101,655 spectators apparently were crammed into Huish Park today, and not the 6,149 that might have been read out over the tannoy. And you wondered why it was a bit busy trying to get out of the car park after today's game ...

Dear Mr Fry, if you're reading this, we're going to need a bigger stadium - if Sky Sports are to be believed!
Dear Mr Fry, if you're reading this, we're going to need a bigger stadium - if Sky Sports are to be believed!




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10 November 2013 : Johnson: We Need To Turn Dominance Into Wins
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson admits that whilst his side plays very well against the bigger sides in the Championship, that they are coming up slightly short when it comes down to the final result of the game. The Glovers have now played all three of last season's Premier League sides at Huish Park, and have ended up with the same result and the same pattern on all three occasions - a game of football where his side have matched the opposition well, sometimes dominated them, but have ended up losing to a late second half single goal that has divided the two sides.

After 15 matches of the season, the Glovers lie bottom of the Championship table. Speaking after the game, Johnson said that although he regarded matches against teams in the bottom half of the table as his real 'cup finals' that he was disappointed that his team were not clinical enough when dominating such games in terms of possession:

"Our cup finals are the six or seven teams down the bottom with us, starting with Doncaster next Friday. We play very well against the top teams, have as much possession and as many opportunities as them, but we never turn those chances into goals and wins. We don't dominate when it comes to corners or set plays, and our quality wasn't there. We arrived either too late or too early and I'm disappointed with that."

The Glovers boss pointed out that although his side were creating some good football, that would count for little if the pattern continued. He felt that this far into the season that he had to look into why his team wasn't the one coming out as single goal winners:

"I'm not doom'n'gloom here - I'm just answering your questions. What I do know is that if you've got a team that's bottom of the league after 15 games then they probably deserve to be there, even though we're playing some good football. Wigan didn't particularly play good football today, but they've gone away as 1-0 winners."

Gary though felt his cause wasn't helped by referee James Linington's tendency to allow Wigan to slow the game down - a fact that the match official acknowledged by booking one of their players for timewasting whilst the game was still goalless, yet wasn't reflected in the time added on. He also said that his players had disputed an apparent handball by substitute Grant Holt in the build-up to Wigan's goal. He said things like that weren't helping his team get results:

"I'm not burying my head in the sand - I'm telling you what I see - because I thought the boys worked hard and gave everything. I love them for that. The lads were saying there was a handball in the build-up to the goal but we just don't get the 50/50s. Not only were Wigan stopping our momentum but the officials also stopped our momentum. They allowed them to take their time over everything when we were in the ascendancy."


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10 November 2013 : Johnson Exercises Care Over Glovers Striker Search
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he still looking to strengthen his current first team squad - but admits that it might take until January for him to be able to make more serious adjustments to his team. With only the loan transfer window open at present - for another two and a half weeks - the Glovers can only borrow players from other clubs, with that inevitably putting pressure on the number of loanees they can field in a matchday squad.

With the Glovers going into the two week international break bottom of the Championship table, Johnson admitted in his post-match interview that their table position had to have some substance to it with 15 games gone. However, he told BBC Somerset that the club's next moves in the transfer market would need to be careful ones, whether that be before the loan window shuts, or during the January transfer window.

He said that he would be looking for players who could create goals, just as much as those who could convert chances with his team's tally of nine goals so far at the root cause of their problems. However, he said that it was important that the club lived within its means:

"It's got to be right for the club - we don't want to make the club skint. We don't want somebody coming in full time on treble somebody else's money unless everyone can see that it is a striker that is going to make a difference. Or it might be a wide player, or it might be a midfield player - you might need to just find people who can create goals by dribbling past three people and then setting up one of your strikers for a tap-in, and then all of a sudden he's got his goal. We don't seem to be that at the moment."

With six-pointers coming up over the next month in the form of Doncaster Rovers (21st, November 22nd), Charlton Athletic (19th, December 7th) and Barnsley (23rd, December 14th) those fixtures could be highly significant in deciding where the Glovers lie at the halfway stage of the season. Johnson said it was important that his current squad concentrated on accumulating as many points as possible during that period, and was not willing to identify who his immediate player targets were at this stage:

"I can't come up with any names for you right now. But hopefully we can get a few points up until then. These lads are still going to give it a go against your Doncasters, Barnsleys and the other teams that are around us. Then we'll look to have a real good go in January, where we can."

By the time the November 22nd match against Doncaster Rovers comes around, the Glovers should be able to add three more players to their squad, regardless of what Johnson achieves in the loan market. Goalkeeper Marek Stech is due to return from a hand injury, with Wayne Hennessey saying goodbye to the club today, whilst Fraser Fyvie should have recovered from a shoulder injury that has kept him out over the past couple of weeks. In addition, Ed Upson will return from the one match suspension that he served today.


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10 November 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Wigan
If you watched this afternoon's Championship home match against Wigan Athletic at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Wigan Athletic.


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10 November 2013 : Yeovil 0 Wigan 1 : Match Statistics
For the fourth time this season, Yeovil Town went down to a 0-1 defeat in a home Championship match. Like many that had gone before it, the Glovers had opportunities to win the match against Wigan Athletic, with a solid first half performance producing football that should have put them ahead at the break.

However, the warning signs were there to see as the Glovers had to clear off their own goal-line on four occasions - with two pairs of clearances. Just before the half time whistle, Shane Duffy and Luke Ayling hand to clear off the line from Callum McManaman and Marc-Antoine Fortune. Then in the second period there was another double clearance as Byron Webster and Sam Foley.

Wigan were much improved during the second period, and they sealed all three points when substitute Grant Holt - on the pitch for just one minute - steered the ball across the face of the goal, and Marc-Antoine Fortune converted at the far post. Yeovil remain bottom - and once again will be kicking themselves for not taking the chances that came to them earlier in the game.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Wigan Athletic 1.

Scorers: Marc-Antoine Fortune (0-1, 78 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
2. Luke Ayling 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 10. Sam Foley
23. Joel Grant 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 9. James Hayter 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins (82 mins for Sam Foley) 20. Liam Fontaine 21. Liam Davis (82 mins for Kevin Dawson) 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi

Wigan Athletic:
13. Lee Nicholls
17. Emmerson Boyce 4. Ryan Shotton 25. Leon Barnett 24. James Perch
33. Marc Albrighton 8. Ben Watson 7. Chris McCann 15. Callum McManaman
19. Nick Powell 32. Marc-Antoine Fortune

Substitutes:
3. Stephen Crainey 6. Thomas Rogne 9. Grant Holt (77 mins for Callum McManaman) 12. Mike Pollitt 14. Jordi Gomez 16. James McArthur (90 mins for Marc-Antoine Fortune) 18. Roger Espinoza (85 mins for Marc Albrighton)

Yeovil Bookings: Joel Grant (foul, 45 mins)

Wigan Bookings: Leon Barnett (foul, 20 mins), Marc Albrighton (foul, 38 mins), Ryan Shotton (timewasting, 70 mins), Ben Watson (foul, 73 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 12; Fouls: 14.

Wigan Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 23; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 8; Fouls: 12.

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Adam Bromley (Devon) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). Fourth Official: Paul Rees (Somerset).

Attendance: 6,149 (including 588 Wigan Athletic fans).


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10 November 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Wigan Athletic
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for this afternoon's Championship match against Wigan Athletic. With midfielder Ed Upson serving a one match ban for picking up his fifth booking of the 2013-14 season, his place in the side is taken by Luke Ayling. That produces a tactical reshuffle, with Ayling taking the right-back slot, whilst Joe Edwards pushes up into central midfield to cover for Upson.

There's also two tactical switches, with striker Paddy Madden recalled to the side, having been on the bench for the last two matches, whilst missing another game entirely. He replaces Sam Hoskins in the starting line-up. In addition, Sam Foley gets a rare start, replacing Liam Davis. Both Hoskins and Davis drop to the bench.

The line-up today is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
2. Luke Ayling 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Joe Edwards 19. Joe Ralls 10. Sam Foley
23. Joel Grant 17. Paddy Madden

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 9. James Hayter 13. Kieffer Moore 14. Sam Hoskins 20. Liam Fontaine 21. Liam Davis 26. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi

Wigan Athletic:
13. Lee Nicholls
17. Emmerson Boyce 4. Ryan Shotton 25. Leon Barnett 24. James Perch
8. Ben Watson 7. Chris McCann 33. Marc Albrighton 19. Nick Powell
15. Callum McManaman 32. Marc-Antoine Fortune

Substitutes:
3. Stephen Crainey 6. Thomas Rogne 9. Grant Holt 12. Mike Pollitt 14. Jordi Gomez 16. James McArthur 18. Roger Espinoza


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10 November 2013 : Leeds United vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last weekend, Yeovil Town made the long trip to Elland Road, where they took on a Leeds United side in the Championship. The 2-0 final score came through a Ross McCormack brace, in a match where the Glovers had an impressive first half, but tailed off somewhat during the second period.

Man of the Match voting was spread heavily across the board, with few players head and shoulders above others. Left-back Jamie McAllister picked up several votes, but the leading pair were separated by a whisker. Joel Grant, who was playing as a striker on the day, finished as a runner-up, but the poll winner by the narrowest of margins was Everton loanee Shane Duffy.

Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1. Shane Duffy 42 (3)
2. Joel Grant 40 (2)
3. Jamie McAllister 24 (1)
4. Joe Edwards 20 (2)
5. Joe Ralls 18 (1)
6. Sam Hoskins 18 (1)
7. Ed Upson 14 (1)
8. Paddy Madden 10 (1)
9. Byron Webster 8 (0)
10. Kevin Dawson 8 (0)
11. Wayne Hennessey 6 (0)
12. Sam Foley 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.25
Performance : 7.33
Entertainment : 7.17
VOTES RECEIVED : 12


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10 November 2013 : Yeovil Town vs Nottingham Forest : Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played a home match against Nottingham Forest that saw them get rid of an unwanted run of form that had seen them go without a League win since the opening day of the season. The match itself was won by a brace from Ed Upson and a Byron Webster header.

Those two players formed two out of the top three, with Webster getting third spot, whilst Upson picked up a large number of votes in second spot. Top of the poll though was goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who put in a stunning performance in goal, including a double penalty save made at a crucial point in the match. He won the Man of the Match by a sizeable margin, with the full results as follows:

1. Wayne Hennessey 952 (86)
2. Ed Upson 506 (13)
3. Byron Webster 124 (1)
4. Kevin Dawson 82 (1)
5. Sam Hoskins 56 (1)
6. Shane Duffy 36 (0)
7. Joel Grant 36 (0)
8. Liam Davis 12 (0)
9. Joe Ralls 12 (0)
10. Joe Edwards 8 (0)
11. Jamie McAllister 6 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 9.19
Performance : 9.06
Entertainment : 9.31
VOTES RECEIVED : 102


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10 November 2013 : Glovers Team Of The Decade To Visit Huish Park
Yeovil Town have announced the results of a poll that will see them unveil a 'Team of the Decade' this afternoon. The eleven players, who are made up from those who took part in the club's first ten years in the Football League, were chosen via a Twitter-based fans poll and provide a 4-4-2 formation that is as follows:

Chris Weale
Craig Alcock, Terry Skiverton, Steven Caulker, Nathan Jones
Gavin Williams, Darren Way, Lee Johnson, Chris Cohen
Paddy Madden, Phil Jevons

Of the players who are not directly involved in the club, most are still have a high profile position in football. Chris Weale is Shrewsbury Town's goalkeeper, whilst Craig Alcock plays for Peterborough United. Steven Caulker became Cardiff City's record transfer over the summer of 2013 after he left Spurs, whilst Nathan Jones was a recent visitor to Huish Park as Brighton and Hove Albion's assistant manager.

Gavin Williams joined Woking over the summer, and Lee Johnson is managing Oldham Athletic. Chris Cohen is a second player who has been back at Huish Park this season, with Nottingham Forest still his current club. Finally Phil Jevons is on the books of Stockport County where he has had a prolific start to the season.

All of the above players are planned to attend today's match against Wigan Athletic, where they will be presented to the crowd, with plans for them to go out onto the pitch around 2.30p.m. and then if time allows at half time.


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9 November 2013 : Hennessey Gets Welsh Call-Up As He Bids Farewell
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has been given another call-up into the Wales international squad. The friendly match against Finland that is being staged at the Cardiff City Stadium, will be the final act of his loan spell at Huish Park, which ends next weekend.

The 26 year old will make his 13th and final appearance for Yeovil Town tomorrow afternoon in the match at Huish Park in the game against Wigan Athletic, with the Glovers unable to extend the deal any further due to the 93 day rule concerning Emergency Loan rules. The plan is for first choice keeper Marek Stech to be pushed back into full training during the international break - assuming all is well with him, Marek should get a chance to warm his gloves up during the forthcoming friendly against the Latvia national side on Monday 18th November.

As for Wayne, he will return to Molineux after the match against Finland on Saturday 16th November, kick-off 6.00p.m. and will aim to get his place back from Carl Ikeme, who has reportedly been impressing between the sticks during the 2013-14 season. Naturally we wish Wayne all the best upon his return, and hopefully Glovers fans will get a chance to show their appreciation to him when he leaves the field after tomorrow's match against Wigan.

Wales International Squad (vs Finland):

Wayne Hennessey - Wolverhampton Wanderers (Loan Yeovil Town)
Glyn Myhill - West Bromwich Albion
Owain Fon Williams - Tranmere Rovers

James Collins - West Ham United
Ben Davies - Swansea City
Chris Gunter - Reading
Ashley Richards - Swansea City (Loan Huddersfield Town)
Samuel Ricketts - Wolverhampton Wanderers
Neil Taylor - Swansea City
Rhoys Wiggins - Charlton Athletic
Ashley Williams - Swansea City

Joe Allen - Liverpool
David Cotterill - Doncaster Rovers
Andrew Crofts - Brighton & Hove Albion
Andy King - Leicester City
Joe Ledley - Celtic
Aaron Ramsey - Arsenal
David Vaughan - Sunderland (Loan Nottingham Forest)

Gareth Bale - Real Madrid
Simon Church - Charlton Athletic
Jermaine Easter - Millwall
Hal Robson-Kanu - Reading
Sam Vokes - Burnley

Stand-By:
Steve Morison - Millwall
Joel Lynch - Huddersfield Town
Harry Wilson - Liverpool
Shaun MacDonald - AFC Bournemouth
James Wilson - Bristol City (Loan Cheltenham Town)
Lloyd Isgrove - Southampton
Owain Tudur Jones - Hibernian


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9 November 2013 : Latics Use Peacocks Ground As Training Base
Tomorrow afternoon's opponents Wigan Athletic have been given a helping hand by one of Somerset's non-league clubs, as part of their preparations for the Championship fixture at Huish Park. The Latics have had a gruelling week for travelling, having travelled to Russia for a Europa League match against Rubin Kazan on Thursday night, but they have been able to marginally cut down on the travelling by heading direct to Somerset yesterday, and using Taunton Town's Wordsworth Drive ground as their training base in preparation for the game.

The Southern Football League Division One South & West side have an away match at Paulton Rovers today, thus allowing Wigan full use of their facilities, whilst they stay in a local hotel. Manager Owen Coyle has praised the Peacocks for giving them that opportunity:

"The players have adjusted back to UK time now and the (training) session was excellent. I want to thank the people here at Taunton for their hospitality and for allowing us to use the pitch, the facilities were perfect. It’s been a tough week but a good one, the spirit in the camp is excellent and spending the time together allows everyone to bond again."

Coyle, whose squad has been boosted by Marc Albrighton and Danny Redmond joining them, after both were unavailable for the trip to Russia, has told his club's website that he expects a tough battle against the Glovers. He expects the Glovers team ethic and a partisan home crowd to be their biggest challenges:

"We are 100 percent focussed on Yeovil Town, who will pose a completely different challenge from Rubin Kazan. Their strength is in their togetherness and it’s going to be a really tough match. They have picked up a couple of decent results at home, especially the win against Nottingham Forest, so they will have their tails up and want to get another scalp tomorrow. We have to be wary of that because it’s a tight ground and the atmosphere will be fierce."

Tomorrow's match at Huish Park kicks off at 3.00p.m. - put back by 24 hours to give Wigan additional time to recover from their Europa League trip.


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8 November 2013 : Gary Previews The Wigan Home Game
As part of the build-up to Sunday's home match against Wigan Athletic at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Richard Hoskin, Gary's views on Paddy Madden, Luke Ayling, speculation surrounding Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, and his thoughts on the weekend's opponents can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Wigan.


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8 November 2013 : FA Extend Rights Over Violent Conduct Charges
The Football Association have announced that they are extending their rights to bring disciplinary charges against players following matches. Currently, the FA's remit with respect to incidents not seen by match referees is quite rigid - they are only able to take retrospective action against players when the referee has not seen the incident at all. In these scenarios, the FA are able to give automatic match bans as a 'retrospective red card' after reviewing video evidence of the incident.

However, previous guidance is that the FA should not attempt to overrule a referee's decision, and this has introduced a grey area where the match officials may have seen a foul worthy of a yellow card, but perhaps not seen a further misdemeanour, such as a stamp or an elbow, that might have changed their view of how serious the incident was. This creates controversy in that an incident that the officials have entirely missed may be treated differently to one that they partially saw. Players may escape punishment entirely, despite the TV cameras making it obvious what they did.

The FA have decided to partially remove that inconsistency by extending their rights to invoke retrospective disciplinary action in the following two scenarios:

a) "For acts of violent conduct that occur secondarily to a challenge for the ball" - e.g. a run-of-the-mill tackle that is subsequently followed by a stamp
b) "In off-the-ball incidents where one or more match official did see the players coming together, but the match officials’ view was such that none of them had the opportunity to make a decision on an act of misconduct that took place within that coming together" - e.g. where the officials are well aware that a 'collision' took place but are unsure whether it was innocent or not, and who the aggressor was.

The FA's Director of Governance Darren Bailey explains the association's motives as follows:

"This enables The FA to consider acts of violent conduct, like an elbow or a stamp, which have occurred after a challenge for the ball or coming together of players. It is sometimes difficult for officials to see such incidents, as they are often concentrating solely on the challenge for possession of the ball, and we are mindful of this. Also, where off-the-ball incidents are concerned, the policy adjustment will allow action to be taken where an act of misconduct could not have been seen by the match officials, even though they may have seen some part of the players coming together. This is an important step forward for the game and provides an appropriate level of discretion for The FA to consider action. However, we remain of the view that the best outcome for all is that referees are able to make correct judgements on the day to benefit the teams involved."

On the face of things, this is an obvious step forward in eliminating such controversies. The only possible downside would be if referees become inclined to leave borderline decisions to the video panels, rather than to make the decision based on what they saw. It will also not deal with cases where a referee believes he did have a clear view of the incident, yet the video shows his actions were insufficient - e.g. where he saw the 'stamp' but believed it to be accidental at the time.


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8 November 2013 : Ticket Office Opening Hours This Weekend
Yeovil Town are in action this weekend against Wigan Athletic in a Championship fixture at Huish Park. Supporters should note that this game takes place on Sunday 10th November, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off due to Wigan's participation in the Europa League, which saw them play Rubin Kazan in Russia on Thursday night.

With the revised kick-off time in mind, the Huish Park Ticket Office will have different opening hours this weekend. In addition to Friday's standard opening hours, they will be selling tickets for matches from 9.00a.m. until noon on Saturday at pre-match prices. They will then be open from 9.00a.m. until kick-off on Sunday, selling tickets at matchday prices. Either visit them in person, or call them on 01935-847888.


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7 November 2013 : Gary Talks About Player Recruitment
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that the club have to go through a long process of selection when trying to bring in new players. The issue of player recruitment has come to light in the wake of an injury to striker Andy Williams that has put him out for the remainder of the 2013-14 season after he suffered cruciate knee ligament damage. Given the club recently allowed Michael Ngoo to return to his parent club Liverpool, that leaves the club slightly short of striking options, particularly given none of the current crop of forwards have hit the target in open play this season.

Today saw Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane linked with the club within the Western Gazette, albeit with Johnson saying that he felt the player had 'other options' that he expected him to take. Gary explained that whilst certain players might appear on a shortlist for recruitment, that often those searches turn into a brick wall:

"We follow a lot of players, and we make enquiries, whether it be through the club, or through their representative. We get a few knockbacks. A lot of people would like to join us, because it's the Championship, or they like the way we play football. But often we can't agree it - there are some big wages at these clubs, and even half their wages is miles too high. So we get a lot of that, and then every now and again we fall on somebody where everything works. It was a bit like Wayne Hennessey really. You wouldn't have dreamed of getting anywhere near Hennessey's wages, for instance. But it was right for Wolves, it was right for Wayne and so we were able to get him within our budget area. So we keep looking."

Gary added that clubs willing to loan players often targeted either geographically close deals, or favoured specific clubs that were more or less acting as unofficial 'feeder' sides to the Premier League sides. He warned that some of the names such as Kane being leaked out were often as the result of players agents trying to create interest:

"Obviously there will be little representatives who will use his name and our name to help him get somewhere, but generally they want the city clubs. A lot of the big teams want their players to be pretty local, and a lot of them now have got little feeder clubs that they're trying to work with. So if we like someone and they're available, then we'll bring them in. But at the moment if they're not coming in, then they're not available."

Kane is a player who is believed to have come close to joining the Glovers on loan during Terry Skiverton management spell, only for Leyton Orient to take him on a half-season deal in January 2011. The 20 year old has also had experience on loan with Millwall, Norwich City and Leicester City, to varying degrees of success. This season he has made six appearances for the Spurs first team, and came on as a substitute tonight in their Europa League home match against Moldovan side Sheriff Tiraspol.

The fact that he is so close to their first team may make them reluctant to allow him to temporarily leave White Hart Lane. Manager Andre Villas-Boas said late last month that he would only consider allowing a loan deal if it would be good for the player's first team prospects:

"The reality is that he is doing extremely well in training and I could not be happier with Harry so that has delayed his (loan) move. We have lots of interest for Harry but if his next loan moves happens then we have to make 100 per cent certain that he will be involved. I think with the way that he is training that he has more chance of playing in those teams but the reality is that he is doing enough to compete for a place here."

The local and national media list Queens Park Rangers and Ipswich Town as being interested in taking him on loan at present, but Villas-Boas is keen that if Kane does move out that it is to a club where he will play first team football on a regular basis. That might weigh in Johnson's favour, although his words to the Gazette that there would be '20 teams' and '20 factors' as to why he might go elsewhere suggests he's not putting all his eggs in one basket by any means.


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7 November 2013 : Johnson: Madden Looking Like A 'New Signing' This Week
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has given a strong hint that striker Paddy Madden could be getting a recall to the starting line-up soon, after the player performed like a 'new signing' this week in training. The Irishman has had a frustrating season so far, with a medial knee ligament problem keeping him out for a month, whilst he has struggled to maintain his place in he line-up since that point, getting on the pitch just four times since August 24th.

Johnson has hinted in previous interviews that he felt that the 23 year old had been getting less and less effective during that period, although denied that there had been any genuine fall-out between player and manager. Having been left entirely out of the squad for the home match against Brighton and Hove Albion, Madden was recalled for the away trip to Leeds United, and came on as a substitute in the 2-0 defeat. Gary told BBC Somerset that the pair had a long chat over that weekend, and that he felt that had lifted a cloud that had been hanging over the situation:

"We had a big chat at the hotel (last weekend) and he's ready to come back. Paddy had a bit of a poor spell and words were had. He was a bit disappointed with life and wasn't enjoying his football. But I'm pleased to say we've made a new signing this week. He's ready to show me he's the enthusiastic, Irish striker that I picked up at Bristol Airport 12 months ago."

Johnson said that getting Madden into top form was much about the player enjoying his football. He felt he had seen a positive response to that feedback, and hoped that would transfer onto the field of play:

"I said publically that he knows what he has to do to get back in the team. He had to start enjoying his training and his games, and taking in information we were trying to get through to him. He'll be the first to admit it hasn't gone quite right for him but hopefully we'll see a new Paddy."


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7 November 2013 : Glovers Boss And Latvian National Manager Under The Spotlight
Yeovil Town are hosting a 'Meet The Managers' evening ahead of their match against the Latvia national side. Glovers boss Gary Johnson and Latvia manager Marian Pahars will go under the spotlight, along with Yeovil's assistant manager Terry Skiverton and first team coach Darren Way, all of whom will be available to answer questions from the floor.

The event will take place on Sunday 17th November, with a 7.30p.m. start - 24 hours before Yeovil Town play Latvia in a friendly match. The Alec Stock Lounge at Huish Park will host the event and tickets are available for £2.00 each from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Availability of tickets will be subject to the capacity of the lounge bar. Either visit the Ticket Office in person or give them a call on 01935-847888 to purchase a ticket.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Latvia.


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7 November 2013 : Swindon Indicate No Break Clause In Williams Loan Agreement
League One side Swindon Town have confirmed that they expect Yeovil Town to honour the loan agreement for striker Andy Williams, in terms of its financial arrangements, until the end of the 2013-14 season. The 27 year old had joined the Glovers on a long term loan arrangement, but has suffered cruciate ligament damage that will keep him out of action for what is typically a six-to-nine month lay-off.

The understanding when Williams arrived on loan in August was that Yeovil had negotiated to pay a proportion of the player's wages at the County Ground, rather than the full amount. However, the Robins admitted that they were off-loading their player in order to reduce their wage bill, to bring them in line with the Football League's rules on wage caps. The Swindon Advertiser indicate that those arrangements will continue, even though the player is injured.

Swindon’s Director of Football Lee Power has said that although they will deal with their player's medical needs, that from a contractual point of view, they still see him as a Yeovil loan player, and that this will continue through until the end of the season:

"We're disappointed for Andy, it’s a setback for him and he’s due back at our club for medical help and recuperation, but he’s still officially on loan at Yeovil until the end of the season. We wish him a speedy recovery."


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6 November 2013 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Wigan Athletic
Officials for Yeovil Town's home Championship fixture against Wigan Athletic have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Sunday 10th November 2013, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Mr Linington was promoted for the start of the 2008-09 season after a number of years of holding a flag in Yeovil Town games, and since being given a whistle he has taken charge of ten Yeovil Town matches to largely favourable impressions. The most recent of those was the April 2013 away match at Stevenage. We thought he had a good game that day, even though he sent off Dan Burn in the closing minutes. He'd taken the attitude of adding on additional time for some fairly blatant timewasting for Boro in the first half as they tried to slow the pace of the game down, and even a Glovers fan would have had sympathy over the comical way that Burn was dismissed - taking an age over a throw-in that would have tried the patience of a saint.

Two months previously, he took charge of the February 2013 home win over Brentford that saw us triumph by a 3-0 scoreline. A few of his first half decisions were somewhat irritating, and we felt that he was rather lenient in allowing Bees defender Shaleum Logan to stay on the pitch when he continued to foul whilst on a yellow card to a point at which any player not already sat on a card would surely have been booked. Brentford's own match report cited four penalty appeals that they were unhappy with - we can't recall the validities of those claims either way.

We also had Mr Linington for the New Year's Eve 2011 match against AFC Bournemouth. We had four bookings that day, and lost the game 3-1, and so you'd think that would give us cause for a good grumble. However, we were too busy complaining about our own side's performance to worry about the referee - the Western Gazette says that he had "a relatively easy afternoon for the official who went about his job competently."

Prior to that we had the February 2011 match against Plymouth Argyle. Not too much to report on his performance that night, although he did give Argyle's Yannick Bolasie a red card in the final minute of the game. It later transpired that Bolasie had been dismissed for spitting. Argyle chose not to comment directly on the incident, doubtless for fear that the Football Association would step in, but their entire lack of complaints about the red card rather suggested they agreed with the dismissal.

Earlier in that same season, we had Mr Linington for the August 2010 home game against Hartlepool United. No complaints about the referee; plenty of complaints about the team's performance in a woeful 0-2 defeat. Prior to that was the March 2010 game against Norwich City that ended up in a 3-0 defeat at Carrow Road. If we'd tried to blame the referee for that result we'd have been laughed out of town. In a one-sided encounter, coming up with any mention of refereeing faults would have been churlish. Just the one booking - for Jean-Paul Kalala of course!

That was one of three 2009-10 encounters with Mr Linington. Just before the Carrow Road match was a December 2009 home match against Walsall that finished with a 1-3 home defeat in appalling weather conditions. We had a slight grumble about Walsall's tendency to slow play down once they got their noses in front and would like to have seen Mr Linington be more authoritative in the way that he dealt with that gamesmanship.

Prior to that was another game against Norwich City in the same season; looking after the August Carling Cup game. The scoreline was a 0-4 which at the time ranked as Yeovil's heaviest home defeat since entering the Football League. There were some post-match grumbles from midfielder George O'Callaghan about the opening goal, which came from the penalty spot.

The 2008 Christmas holiday trip to Millwall, where a 1-1 draw at the New Den saw the game flow well, with plenty of attacking football from both sides. As for Mr Linington, we barely noticed him, which is always a good thing. The other match in October 2008 saw Crewe Alexandra as our opponents at Huish Park, and there's little doubt that the 3-2 scoreline and the thrilling way the game ebbed and flowed will have influenced our thoughts on the referee, but bar a minor quibble that he didn't get out his cards for one theatrical Crewe dive, our recollection is one of general happiness with his performance on the night in what was his first ever match at League One level.

Mr Linington will be assisted by Adam Bromley (Devon) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). The Fourth Official Paul Rees (Somerset). If the name of Mr Rees looks familiar - he was also at Huish Park on Tuesday night when he was the man in the middle for our Somerset Premier Cup tie, sending off Luke Ayling and two Weston-super-Mare players.

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 3 Crewe Alexandra 2.

Link: December 2008 : Millwall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Norwich City 4.

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 3.

Link: March 2010 : Norwich City 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Hartlepool United 2.

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Plymouth Argyle 0.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 AFC Bournemouth 3.

Link: February 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Brentford 0.

Link: April 2013 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 2.


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6 November 2013 : FA Confirm Ayling Suspension
The Football Association have this morning confirmed that Yeovil Town right-back Luke Ayling will not be banned for Sunday's Championship fixture against Wigan Athletic. In line with yesterday's article covering the rules for red cards in County Cup ties, the FA have indicated that Luke will serve a three match suspension covering Non-First Team Matches - and that therefore his ban will only cover County Cup games - unless the club choose to join a Reserve League whilst the ban is still in force.

The FA's website indicates that Luke is "awaiting suspension" and that this will kick in on November 19th 2013 against Non-First Team Matches. His ban will be open ended (as the club have no forthcoming County Cup matches, given the next round draw has not been made) but will cover a period of three matches. He will not be banned for Championship fixtures.


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6 November 2013 : Williams Loan Spell Ended By Injury
Yeovil Town loan striker Andy Williams has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2013-14 season, after the results of his Monday scan revealed serious damage to his knee. According to the Western Gazette, the Swindon Town player has suffered cruciate ligament damage and so will require surgery.

Cruciate ligament damage usually means a layoff of between six to nine months, with a long rehabilitation period, and even the more optimistic estimate would mean that he would not play a part in this season's football. His contract is up at the County Ground at the end of this season, therefore meaning that he is likely to find himself a free agent by the time he is ready to play again. During his loan spell at Huish Park, he made nine appearances, without scoring a goal. Yeovil Town will remain financially liable for any contractual agreements made with Swindon as part of the loan agreement, but it is highly unlikely that Williams will spend any further time at Huish Park.

The Glovers recently allowed Michael Ngoo to return to Liverpool after he failed to hold a position in the first team. With Williams now also ruled out for the remainder of his spell, it seems likely that manager Gary Johnson would need to break back into the loan market. The club have until Thursday 28th November at 5.00p.m. to make any loan signings before the loan transfer window closes.


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6 November 2013 : Red Cards Issued In County Cup Ties
On Sunday this site highlighted the complexities surrounding the Football Association rules surrounding the accumulation of yellow cards in various competitions. As a result of Tuesday night's red card for Yeovil Town defender Luke Ayling, there's the opportunity to visit more of the 648 pages that form the Football Association's handbook.

To recap on Sunday's article, the Football Association define a First Team Competitive Match (FTCM) for a Football League club (and all other clubs at Conference National division and above) as being any game played in the following competitions: FA Challenge Cup, FA Challenge Trophy, FA Premier League, Football League, Football League Cup, Football League Trophy, the Football Conference and The FA WSL. The FA define all other competitive matches played outside these competitions to fall under the Non-First Team Matches (NFTM) category - this will include the Somerset Premier Cup.

The FA Handbook describes on Page 431: "Punishments - Relating To Non-First Team Matches" the following with respect to Red Cards issued under the Laws of the Game as a result of a breach of Law 12.1 (Serious Foul Play), 12.2 (Violent Conduct) or 12.3 (Spitting):

"A Player who is dismissed from the Field of Play for Violent Conduct, Serious Foul Play or spitting at an opponent or any other person, whether he has previously been cautioned in the match or not, will be suspended automatically from all Non-First Team matches commencing on the 14th day following the match in which he was sent off until such time as his Club has completed its next three matches in approved Competitions."

They then add:

"The terms of the suspension will be from all Non-First Team matches (excluding The FA Premier League, The Football League, The Football Conference, Football League Cup, FA Challenge Cup, FA Challenge Trophy, Football League Trophy and Play-offs) during the period covered by the opening date in The FA Premier League, The Football League and The Football Conference (National) and ending with the final match in which THE CLUB is playing in a competition sanctioned by The Football Association or an affiliated County Association."

They also add:

"Any suspension or part thereof which remains outstanding at the end of a Season resulting from these Disciplinary Procedures, must be served at the commencement of the next following Season within the terms of these Disciplinary Procedures."

Our interpretation of the above rules are that Luke Ayling will therefore serve his suspension across three Non-First Team Matches commencing from November 19th onwards (14 days from November 5th). As a consequence, as the only competition the club play in at Non-First Team level is currently the County Cup, then he will serve his suspension in future rounds of the Somerset Premier Cup. If the club go out of the competition before his three match suspension is served, then it would be carried through to the 2014-15 season, and continue to be held until Yeovil Town (or his registered club in the future) have played three Non-First Team fixtures. Theoretically, it could take him three years to serve his suspension under such circumstances, but his participation in first team football would be unaffected.

NOTE: We will have to wait for the Football Association to confirm the above, but this is hopefully the way things will pan out. Fingers crossed!


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5 November 2013 : Yeovil 4 Weston 1 : Fireworks Display In County Cup Win
Yeovil Town won their way through to the Third Round of the Somerset Premier Cup tonight, although not without significant drama at Huish Park. In beating Weston-super-Mare 4-1, in terms of the overall football it was a comfortable passage, even if not everyone in a green and white shirt had a good game. However, it was what happened away from the ball that lit fireworks on Guy Fawkes night - a twenty man brawl in the final ten minutes saw Weston lose two players to red cards, and the Glovers lose Luke Ayling as the players reacted badly to an incident stemming from the final goal of the game.

In terms of the football, Yeovil took the lead through Sam Foley five minutes before the half time break, when he converted a close range tap-in from a Joe Jones cross. Then Weston-super-Mare put the ball into their own net to double Yeovil's lead at half time. An Ed Upson cross into the box was met by the head of Liam Fontaine five minutes into the second period and all seemed to be pointing towards Yeovil quietly cruising to victory.

Weston brought on Kane Ingram as a substitute, and with the seasiders impressing more in the second period, they pulled a goal back at 3-1. But with ten minutes remaining Sam Hoskins confidently lifted the ball past the keeper to restore the three goal advantage.

That should have resulted in a quiet end to the game, but with James Hayter taking exception to an off-the-ball incident during the build-up to that goal that saw him struck by a Weston player, all hell broke loose with more or less all outfield players getting involved and punches being thrown. After a long consultation with his assistants, referee Paul Rees dismissed Kane Ingram and Callum Laird for the visitors and also red carded Luke Ayling for what he appeared to signal as a stamp or a kick during that melee.

With one of the Weston players dismissed continuing to give his own views on the incident long after his red card was shown, the match referee had to usher him off the pitch, and the main question will be whether referee Rees adds any other observations to his report. Yeovil head through to the Third Round and will join Odd Down, Bath City, Paulton Rovers, Taunton Town and Wells City along with the winners from the remaining Cheddar/Wincanton, and Keynsham/Frome for the next round draw.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Reserves 4 Weston-super-Mare 1.

Scorers: Sam Foley (1-0, 40 mins), Own Goal (2-0, 43 mins), Liam Fontaine (3-0, 50 mins), Kane Ingram (3-1, 70 mins), Sam Hoskins (4-1, 80 mins).

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Dunn 2. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 3. Liam Davis 4. Liam Fontaine 5. Dan Seaborne 6. Joe Jones 7. Sam Foley 8. Ed Upson (Capt) 9. James Hayter 10. Paddy Madden 11. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 14. Luke Ayling (75 mins for Sam Foley) 15. Sam Hoskins (75 mins for Kieffer Moore) 16. Joel Grant

Weston-super-Mare:
1. Luke Purnell 2. Callum Laird 3. Martyn Slocombe 4. Ben Kirk 5. Pete Monks 6. Oli Knowles 7. Lamar Powell 8. Brett Trowbridge 9. Jake Harris 10. Bradley Ash 11. Alec Fiddes.

Substitutes:
12. Chas Hemmings (80 mins for Jake Harris) 14. Dayle Grubb 15. Nabi Diallo (47 mins for Oli Knowles) 16. Ashley Kington 17. Kane Ingram (47 mins for Lamar Powell)

Referee: Paul Rees. Assistants: Kevin Williams and Adam Fricker. Fourth Official: Shaun Enever.

Attendance: 304.


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5 November 2013 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Weston-super-Mare
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for tonight's Somerset Premier Cup match against Weston-super-Mare. As expected it has very much of an 'other eleven' feel about it with many fringe players or personnel who have not started games recently getting their chance.

The line-ups are as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Chris Dunn 2. Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi 3. Liam Davis 4. Liam Fontaine 5. Dan Seaborne 6. Joe Jones 7. Sam Foley 8. Ed Upson (Capt) 9. James Hayter 10. Paddy Madden 11. Kieffer Moore

Substitutes:
12. Gareth Stewart 14. Luke Ayling 15. Sam Hoskins 16. Joel Grant

Weston-super-Mare:
1. Luke Purnell 2. Callum Laird 3. Martyn Slocombe 4. Ben Kirk 5. Pete Monks 6. Oli Knowles 7. Lamar Powell 8. Brett Trowbridge 9. Jake Harris 10. Bradley Ash 11. Alec Fiddes.

Substitutes:
12. Chas Hemmings 14. Dayle Grubb 15. Marc McGregor 16. Ashley Kington 17. Kane Ingram

Referee: Paul Rees. Assistants: Kevin Williams and Adam Fricker. Fourth Official: Shaun Enever.

The club have set up an experimental link on their YouTube account to provide audio (not video!) commentary of tonight's game. As this hasn't been attempted before, consider the technology to be on a 'trial' basis. Hopefully all will become clear from just before the 7.45p.m. kick-off.




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5 November 2013 : Williams Heads Back To Swindon For Treatment
Further to Sunday's news item concerning a knee injury sustained by Swindon Town loan striker Andy Williams, the club have now confirmed that he has returned to his parent club for treatment. The 27 year old is on loan at Huish Park for the remainder of the 2013-14 season, but will be missing for the foreseeable future after he sustained a knee injury in training last week.

On Monday, Williams was sent for a scan on that knee, and whilst the club have not received full feedback on that scan from their specialist, manager Gary Johnson is prepared to admit that Williams will be out for "some time" implying that this is more ligament damage than general bruising. He will therefore be unavailable for an indeterminate period of time - hopefully things will become clearer over the next week or so.


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5 November 2013 : Forest Trip Moves Back By 24 Hours
Yeovil Town's away Championship fixture against Nottingham Forest has had a new date set. The match at the City Ground will now be played on Sunday 2nd February 2014, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The match has been moved back by 24 hours due to Forest's home match against Watford being selected for coverage on Sky Sports for the preceding Thursday night - Forest have moved the Glovers fixture as a result to allow them an extra 24 hours to recover.

For the avoidance of doubt, the match against Yeovil Town will NOT be televised.

Whilst on a similar subject, a reminder that this weekend's home Championship match against Wigan Athletic takes place on Sunday 10th November, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Again, the match has been put back by 24 hours due to Wigan being in Europa League action on the Thursday night. Contrary to one or two false rumours, the game at Huish Park is NOT being televised.


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4 November 2013 : Quartet Sit Out County Cup Clash
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has said that he will be withdrawing four of his first team players from tomorrow night's Somerset Premier Cup match, to save them from picking up bookings. The decision comes after the club confirmed that midfielder Ed Upson would not be allowed to serve his one match ban during the Second Round match against Weston-super-Mare and that he would be suspended for Sunday's home Championship match against Wigan Athletic.

As part of their investigations into the issue, the club have also been notified that any bookings incurred during County Cup competitions count towards the accumulative card count, and thus could draw players closer to a suspension if they picked up a card on the night. As a result, Johnson has decided that Jamie McAllister, Byron Webster, Joe Ralls (all on three bookings) and Joe Edwards (one booking) will not be used during tomorrow night's match.

Those that will play in the game at Huish Park will include Chris Dunn, Luke Ayling, Dan Seaborne, Liam Fontaine, Sam Foley, Paddy Madden and James Hayter. The club also believe that Ed Upson can play in the fixture. Although the club have not named other players, it would seem likely that Seth Nana Omuri-Twumasi, Joe Jones and Kieffer Moore would be also in the squad as fringe players.

Tomorrow evening's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. with tickets available from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Second Round Date And Admission Prices.

Link: Somerset Premier Cup Full Second Round Draw.


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4 November 2013 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Latvia
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's friendly against the Latvia national side is now availble. The match will take place at Huish Park on Monday 18th November, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices are set as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Under-16s: £2.00.

There are also special rates available for "local school parties" - we'd suggest that you contact the Huish Park Ticket Office for more details on that, if you are a school representative in the area.

NB: Tickets are not on sale quite yet - give the Ticket Office a couple of days for them to get this match onto their system so they can sell them.

Link: Ticketing Information For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Watford vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC 2013-14 Season Travel Plans.


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4 November 2013 : Jamie's Views On The Leeds Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Leeds United at Elland Road, Yeovil Town captain Jamie McAllister spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Jamie's views on the defeat can be read via the link below.

Link: Jamie McAllister Speaks To The BBC After The 2-0 Defeat At Leeds.


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4 November 2013 : FA Confirm Upson Suspension
Yesterday this site covered the Football Association rules concerning player suspensions for the accumulation of yellow cards. The Football Association have now updated their records from the weekend matches, and the associated suspensions.

They have confirmed that Ed Upson will serve a one match ban for picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, against Leeds United on Saturday, and that he will serve a one match ban. Crucially they note that the ban will start on November 2nd, and will end on Sunday 10th November inclusive. That means that Upson will, as expected, be suspended for the Championship fixture against Wigan Athletic.

The dates confirm that County Cup games cannot be used to count against a Football League player's suspension, which is in line with Upson's own experience during the 2012-13 season, when he missed four Football League matches, plus a County Cup game, as part of a four match suspension.


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3 November 2013 : FA Rules For Five Bookings Suspensions
With Yeovil Town midfielder Ed Upson having picked up his fifth booking of the 2013-14 season on Saturday at Leeds United, he is due to face a one match suspension for the accumulation of yellow cards. That much is clear, however comments made by Glovers boss Gary Johnson in his post-match interview suggested that the club were holding out on the player's ban being served during Tuesday night's Somerset Premier Cup match against Weston-super-Mare.

Certainly during the club's non-league days, players were able to serve bans during County Cup fixtures. However, since becoming a Football League club, Yeovil Town's participation in that competition has been classed as a Reserve Team fixture - a convention adopted by all Football League and Premier League clubs. Since the club dismantled the Reserve Team at the end of the 2008-09 season, County Cup participation has often been at Under-18 level, although that's not exclusively been the case. This summer though, the club closed down its Centre of Excellence set-up, leaving it with just a First Team squad. So it may be the club's argument that as they only have a First Team set-up - in terms of competitive football - that their County Cup matches should be counted as a competitive first team game. But will the Football Association, who handle all disciplinary matters, see it that way?

The Full FA Handbook 2013-14 document is a nice and easy read at 648 pages and can be downloaded here. However the most relevant parts to it appear to be from Page 410 onwards, which covers disciplinary procedures relating to "Field Offences". The section entitled Field Offences & Fast Track : Section A begins with a general covering note for that section:

"DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES CONCERNING FIELD OFFENCES in First Team Competitive Matches (FTCM)

For Players and Officials of Clubs of the FA Premier League, Football League, the Football Conference National Division and The FA WSL.

Note: FTCM are matches in the following competitions: FA Challenge Cup, FA Challenge Trophy, FA Premier League, Football League, Football League Cup, Football League Trophy, the Football Conference and The FA WSL.
"

Further down in Section A, under Paragraph 8, the FA's rulebook states:

"8. PUNISHMENTS – Relating to First Team Competitive Matches

(a) CAUTIONS ADMINISTERED ON THE FIELD OF PLAY
(i) If a Player accumulates five cautions in FTCM between the opening day of the Playing Season and 31 December (including any FTCM played on that day) in the same Season, he will be suspended automatically for a period covering: - One First Team Match
."

The rules indicate in subsection (viii) that the period of suspension is covered as follows:

"(viii) Any period of suspension arising from cautions will commence forthwith. The suspension will cover all approved First Team matches until such time as his Club’s First Team has completed the number of matches appropriate to the punishment in approved Competitions during the period covered by its opening league match and ending with the final match in which the Club is playing in an approved domestic Competition."

There are a few areas of what the FA says above that could probably be worded more tightly, but the general spirit comes down to their definition of the First Team Competitive Match (FTCM) which for our purposes includes the FA Cup, the Football League and the Football League Cup, but does not make mention of any County level competitions.

Aside from the actual FA rules, we do have another reference point to unravelling this conundrum. During the 2012-13 season we played Bishop Sutton in the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. On the night of that game we had one player suspended for the fixture - by coincidence, that player was Ed Upson! Ed was serving a four match ban at that time for his second red card of the season and the sequence of events were as follows:

03/11/2012 : FA Cup match vs Preston North End - Ed Upson red carded - receives a four match ban
06/11/2012 : League One match vs Stevenage - Ed Upson suspended - Match 1
07/11/2012 : County Cup match vs Bishop Sutton
10/11/2012 : League One match vs Hartlepool United - Ed Upson suspended - Match 2
17/11/2012 : League One match vs Swindon Town - Ed Upson suspended - Match 3
20/11/2012 : League One match vs Crawley Town - Ed Upson suspended - Match 4
24/11/2012 : League One match vs Carlisle United - Ed Upson returns after four match ban.

In that example from last season, the club were not able to use the Bishop Sutton County Cup game to count for a match against Upson's suspension. He therefore sat out four Football League matches.

The main grey area in the above rules appears to be that the FA's wording is loose in places - sometimes they refer to the FTCM definition, and on other occasions they refer to a "First Team match" or an "approved First Team match". It isn't clear if that is intended to mean something different to a FTCM, but if it is, then they do not define what constitutes an "approved" match.

The Football Association usually make clear their decisions on their website around 48 hours after the fixture once they've received the referee's report and updated their records. We'll obviously state what they published as soon as its available.


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3 November 2013 : Video : Leeds United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive Yeovil Town's trip to Elland Road yesterday, highlights of the match have been uploaded onto the Sky Sports website. They include both goals from Leeds United striker Ross McCormack in the 2-0 win for the Yorkshire side. The highlights also include a first half attempt from Joe Ralls and a second half Joe Edwards shot that almost got a touch from two other Glovers players as it went past the far post. Watch the two minute clip via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Leeds United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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3 November 2013 : Williams Heading For Knee Scan
Yeovil Town striker Andy Williams will head for a knee scan tomorrow, to assess an injury that kept him out of yesterday's trip to Leeds United. The on-loan Swindon Town player did not travel to Elland Road, with Dan Seaborne also staying in Somerset due to his own knee problem that was picked up during the midweek friendly against Torquay United.

Williams suffered his injury on the training ground - at present there isn't an indication of how long he will be out for, and the scan which is scheduled for Monday will hopefully show up what the problem is. The Glovers have made increasingly sparing usage of the 27 year old over the past month - his 33 minutes at Middlesbrough and the 22 minute substitute appearance against Brighton and Hove Albion represent his only time on the pitch during the past month.

Gary briefly covered the injuries to Seaborne and Williams in his pre-match interview yesterday, along with his thoughts on Leeds ahead of kick-off. That interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Leeds.


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2 November 2013 : Gary's Verdict On The Leeds Away Game
Following this afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Leeds United at Elland Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Gary's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

NB: We're not quite convinced by Gary's views on when the suspension of midfielder Ed Upson will be served. We'll keep an eye on this one, as well as digging out the relevant Football Association rules that cover this area and present them for people to make up their own minds.

Link: Gary's Verdict On The Leeds Away Game.


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2 November 2013 : Johnson Sees Leeds Ready-Made Quality As Difference In Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson felt that the ready-made quality of Leeds United duo Ross McCormack and Rudy Austin were the difference between the two sides at Elland Road this afternoon. The Glovers went down by a 2-0 scoreline, with McCormack scoring both, but he was helped out by his midfield colleague Austin who was the provider on both occasions.

Having competed well during the first half of the match, and going in level at the break, Johnson's side conceded three minutes into the second half, to set Leeds on their way, and it was pretty much game over when McCormack got his eighth goal of the season and his second of the afternoon, to allow the Yorkshire side a more comfortable passage through to the final whistle than they had experienced earlier on in the game.

Gary felt that Leeds' ability to go out and buy those players - McCormack from Cardiff City for a reported £350,000 fee, and Austin from Norwegian side SK Brann for a fee in excess of £200,000 - allowed the opposition to buy players that were already fit for purpose, and had that killer instinct that his own side lacked at times:

"We lived with the opposition for much of the time and didn't park the bus, but we need that killer instinct. All managers know who those players are and where they are but you need the finances to go out and get them. Austin and McCormack won the game for Leeds with their quality. We can't bring in ready-made Championship goal scorers but we don't cry over it. Ross McCormack has been there and done it at this level. He's proven and he knows what to do. Rudy Austin, was a strong midfielder and he kept breaking on us, and we weren't quite strong enough."

Johnson said he hopes that his team can hang in there and learn from the opposition as much as themselves. Despite falling to the foot of the Championship table, the Glovers are still only two points from the relegation line. Gary hoped that eventually the learning curve his players are experiencing will see them improve on their slow start to life in the Championship division:

"We just have to hope our boys learn and improve quickly. We lack experience but that is something we will gain all the time so hopefully we will have a great second half of the season. We showed we have a performance in us with our win over Nottingham Forest which followed a draw against Brighton, but Leeds' quality came to the fore. We're like 'Nearly Men' at the minute. We haven't got that little bit of toughness, that extra little bit of quality that the bigger teams have got."


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2 November 2013 : Man of the Match Voting for Leeds United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's Championship home match against Leeds United at Elland Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Leeds United vs Yeovil Town.


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2 November 2013 : Leeds 2 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to a 2-0 defeat against Leeds United this afternoon, as they slipped back down to the bottom of the Championship table. The match itself was a little more even than the scoreline suggested, with the Glovers growing into the match during a good first half period where they could have been a goal or two up by the break. But three minutes into the second half, the home side's leading goalscorer Ross McCormack showed how to take chances as he peeled off from his marker, receiving a pass from Rudy Austin to open the scoring. The same combination combined again 19 minutes later to double the home side's lead, and that killed off a game that had been in the balance until then.

In addition to Sheffield Wednesday's shock 5-2 win over Reading today, Yeovil's afternoon was also marred by midfielder Ed Upson picking up what is believed to be his fifth booking of the season meaning that he will miss next weekend's home match against Wigan Athletic, if confirmed by the Football Association.

Link: 2013-14 Latest Championship Table.

Final Score: Leeds United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Ross McCormack (1-0, 48 mins), Ross McCormack (2-0, 67 mins)

Leeds United:
1. Paddy Kenny 2. Lee Peltier 4. Tom Lees 5. Jason Pearce 6. Luke Murphy 8. Rodolph Austin (Captain) 15. Stephen Warnock 20. Matt Smith 22. Scott Wootton 36. Alex Mowatt 44. Ross McCormack

Substitutes:
33. Alex Cairns (GK) 9. Dexter Blackstock (58 mins for Matt Smith) 11. Luke Varney 17. Michael Brown 18. Michael Tonge 21. El-Hadji Diouf 24. Marius Zaliukas (41 mins for Stephen Warnock)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
4. Joe Edwards 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
23. Joel Grant 14. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 2. Luke Ayling 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley (79 mins for Sam Hoskins) 13. Kieffer Moore (68 mins for Kevin Dawson) 17. Paddy Madden (68 mins for Liam Davis) 20. Liam Fontaine

Leeds Bookings: None

Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (foul, 72 mins), Shane Duffy (foul, 77 mins)

Leeds Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 18.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 8; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Richard Clark (Northumberland). Assistants: Mark Griffiths (South Yorkshire) and Geoff Law (Leicestershire). Fourth Official: Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire).

Attendance: 25,351 (with 551 Yeovil fans)


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2 November 2013 : Team News For Leeds United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's away match against Leeds United at Elland Road. The same eleven that started against Nottingham Forest are kept faith with despite plenty of experience on the bench.

Speaking of the substitutes bench, there are two players missing, with Dan Seaborne's foot injury that he picked up at Torquay United in midweek keeping him out, whilst Andy Williams also picked up a knock during the week. Seaborne had missed last weekend through illness, and so there is just one change to the seven who will be sat in the dugout - Kieffer Moore is the addition to the squad.

The full line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
27. Wayne Hennessy
4. Joe Edwards 15. Shane Duffy 5. Byron Webster 3. Jamie McAllister (Captain)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 19. Joe Ralls 21. Liam Davis
23. Joel Grant 14. Sam Hoskins

Substitutes:
24. Chris Dunn, 2. Luke Ayling 9. James Hayter 10. Sam Foley 13. Kieffer Moore 17. Paddy Madden 20. Liam Fontaine


Leeds United:
1. Paddy Kenny 2. Lee Peltier 4. Tom Lees 5. Jason Pearce 6. Luke Murphy 8. Rodolph Austin (Captain) 15. Stephen Warnock 20. Matt Smith 22. Scott Wootton 36. Alex Mowatt 44. Ross McCormack

Substitutes:
33. Alex Cairns (GK) 9. Dexter Blackstock 11. Luke Varney 17. Michael Brown 18. Michael Tonge 21. El-Hadji Diouf 24. Marius Zaliukas

Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson outlined his thoughts on the game as part of the build-up to the trip to Elland Road, and his interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Previews The Leeds Away Game.


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1 November 2013 : Gary Previews The Leeds Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's away match against Leeds United at Elland Road, Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Jack Killah, Gary's thoughts on the game, and his team's current form can be read via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Leeds.


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1 November 2013 : Ciderspace Guide To Leeds United
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town head north for their first trip to Elland Road for three years. Reunited with Leeds United following their stay in League One, the Ciderspace guide has been updated for this fixture to cover directions, ticketing, parking, a pub guide, club statistics, past meetings and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leeds United.


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1 November 2013 : Latvian International Side Visit Huish Park For Friendly
Yeovil Town have arranged a friendly match against the Latvia international side for later this month. Glovers boss Gary Johnson is a former manager of the Latvian team, having taken charge between 1999 and 2001, and has kept strong links with their set-up since returning to England. His connection allowed the club to sign Andrejs Stolcers during his first spell as Yeovil Town manager.

The current Lavtian manager is former Southampton striker Marian Pahars, who again has strong links with Johnson. The Glovers boss is credited as being the man who introduced Pahars to English league football, having recommended him to Saints boss Dave Jones, who then signed him after a trial in March 1999.

Latvia are playing the Republic of Ireland national side on November 15th in Dublin. They will then head across to Huish Park for the friendly fixture which will take place on Monday 18th November, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. Ticketing information will follow in due course.


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