Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton felt that missing key players and having a player sent off proved too much for his side today, as they went down to a 0-3 home defeat against Carlisle United. The Glovers lossed Flavien Belson to a second bookable offence just before the break, and that was followed by goals from Liam Noble, Jon-Paul McGovern and Danny Livesey that gave the Cumbrians an easy victory on the day.
Skiverton said after the game that having so many players missing didn't help, but also felt that Belson's first booking after just five minutes made a rod for referee Carl Berry's back:
"I had eight players out and we came up against a team in a decent run of form. That first booking created the whole tempo of the game and later on Carlisle relaxed and cut us open. It was too much for us in the end. They ran out worthy winners and used their extra man very well. We have to chalk that one off and start again."
Belson's second booking came just before the break, and just after referee Berry had appeared to issue him a final warning. Skiverton felt that the match official should have made more allowances to ensure that the Frenchman had understood the situation:
"It should never have been a booking. The lad's French - what's he saying to him? He'd just come on for his début and he shouldn't have been booked."
The eight players Skiverton refers to are goalkeeper Jed Steer (returned to Norwich after a thigh injury), Paul Huntington (hand), Dominic Blizzard (knee), Andy Williams (ankle), Gavin Williams (knee), Kerrea Gilbert (hamstring), Alan O'Brien (groin) and Jonathan Obika (knee).
Subject to confirmation by the Football Association, Skiverton will also be missing midfielder Flavien Belson after his red card, and also left-back Nathan Jones, who picked up his fifth booking of the season during today's match. Both are due to miss next Saturday's trip to Stevenage.
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