Yeovil Town continued their progress back into form this evening as they gained an impressive 3-1 win over Shrewsbury Town at the New Meadow. Loan striker Paddy Madden once again did the damage, as the Carlisle United player grabbed a brace, getting on the end of a Jamie McAllister free kick, and an Ed Upson cross to the back post. In between James Hayter got his seventh goal of the season, and whilst the Shrews had a late rally through a Matt Richards penalty, the Glovers were good value for their win which lifts them up to 11th in the League One table.
Team selection saw an unchanged starting eleven take to the field following Saturday's 2-1 win over Bury. Meanwhile the bench got a double boost - firstly by the arrival of Aston Villa loanee Daniel Johnson, who signed for the club earlier in the day, plus Luke Ayling, whose hip injury had cleared up enough for him to sit with six other substitutes - only the fourth time this season that the Glovers have been able to fill all seven places. In the Shrewsbury squad, Glovers legend Chris Weale was between the sticks, getting a fine reception from the 125 supporters who sat in the away stand.
The Glovers got off to the perfect start just nine minutes into the match. Matthew Richards committed a foul on Joe Edwards, which referee David Coote tried to play advantage for, but eventually pulled play back. Jamie McAllister's free kick saw Paddy Madden leap unmarked to plant the ball in the bottom corner of the net. A superb start, but perhaps caution needed - we'd been there before at Preston and Tranmere and yet still lost.
It was a first half of few direct chances. Marek Stech had to save a couple of fairly simple headers that were put straight at him, but otherwise wasn't too troubled, even if Paul Parry put in a few good crosses. If anything it was Yeovil who had the best of the other chances throughout that first period, as Keanu Marsh-Brown's strong run and driven shot from 25 yards seemed destined for the back of the net. Unfortunately, Glovers fans know what Chris Weale can do, and he's still doing it - superbly diving to his right to beat the ball away. Still, 1-0 at half time, and with the home side looking somewhat inert up front without top scorer Marvin Morgan.
The second period was more of the same, even though there were concerns about a couple Yeovil players' fitness levels, with as many as five players having needed fitness tests on the day of the match. Jamie McAllister was the first to be withdrawn, after he was twice beaten down his flank, struggling to get back to his feet after the moves, and clearly in pain. Dominic Blizzard replaced him in the same slot, and a minute later, the Glovers retook the lead with a goal not a million miles from one scored at Torquay last week. Keanu Marsh-Brown is becoming a more influential player as the weeks go on, and he got himself room to put a ball into the box that saw James Hayter arriving at the near post to convert from close range.
A two goal advantage then became a three goal advantage. Paddy Madden has been a revelation since his arrival from Carlisle on loan, and the only problem is that the Cumbrians may now want him back! For now, he has been the scourge of League One defences, and he grabbed his fifth goal in four appearances, when Ed Upson's cross field ball ran into the path of the striker, who confidently directed his header past Chris Weale for a 3-0 scoreline.
Both Madden and Hayter could have grabbed further goals as the home side crumbled briefly, with a terrible Joe Jacobson header setting up Hayter, but the striker this time wasted the opportunity to get his second of the evening. With ten minutes to go, Shrewsbury had a small glimmer of hope when Shrewsbury substitute Tom Bradshaw and Glovers debutant Daniel Johnson tangled for what turned out to be a rather soft penalty being awarded by referee David Coote. Up stepped Matt Richards who duly converted to reduce the deficit.
In the final nine minutes, Shrewsbury did their best to create a head of steam, sending the huge Jermaine Grandison up front to press the gamble button. It didn't make the difference, although it was probably the most pressurisation that the home side had managed all evening in what turned out to be a fairly comfortable win on the night. That gives Yeovil four wins out of five, if the JPT penalty shoot-out result is counted as such, and as manager Gary Johnson said before the game, maybe the spectre of the six consecutive defeats that was on many peoples tongues can now be put to bed. Now in a firm mid-table position, the season can still easily go one way or the other, but the players are well ahead of the position they were in this time last season, and that's no bad thing at all.
Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Shrewsbury Town 1 Yeovil Town 3.
Scorers: Paddy Madden (0-1, 9 mins), James Hayter (0-2, 60 mins), Paddy Madden (0-3, 70 mins), Matt Richards (1-3, pen, 81 mins)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
22. Joe Edwards 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister (Capt)
14. Sam Foley 8. Ed Upson 26. Korey Smith 7. Keanu Marsh-Brown
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden
12. Gareth Stewart 2. Luke Ayling 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard (59 mins for Jamie McAllister) 10. Gavin Williams (89 mins for James Hayter) 11. Reuben Reid 25. Daniel Johnson (63 mins for Korey Smith)
1. Chris Weale 2. Jermaine Grandison 3. Joe Jacobson 4. Luke Summerfield 5. Darren Jones 8. Matt Richards (Capt) 14. Asa Hall 15. Lee Collins 17. Paul Parry 19. Sam Winnall 24. Terry Gornell.
13. Gavin Ward (GK) 6. Rob Purdie (for Asa Hall) 7. Mark Wright 9. Tom Bradshaw (64 mins for Terry Gornell) 11. Jon Taylor (46 mins for Sam Winnall) 20 Aaron Wildig 23. Michael Hector.
Shrewsbury Bookings: Lee Collins (foul)
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Shrewsbury Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 7.
Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire). Assistants: Marc Perry (West Midlands) and Gordon Johnson (Liverpool). Fourth Official: Andy Scregg (Liverpool).
Attendance: 4,711 (including 125 Yeovil fans).
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