Yeovil Town ground out a 0-0 draw against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road this afternoon, although had the woodwork to thank for keeping it that way. Harry Pickering twice hit the crossbar for the home side in a match where the Glovers failed to force Crewe's goalkeeper into making a save, and so were thankful to come home with a point that keeps them in 18th place in the table. Yeovil's day was marred by a knee injury that saw Nathan Smith subbed at half time, whilst goalkeeper Artur Krysiak found his unbroken run of games ended by a leg injury during the second half, giving Jonny Maddison his first taste of football during this season.
The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up. Ryan Dickson had a slight hip flexor problem and so was rested, with Corey Whelan coming into the squad, and Tom James switching to the opposite flank. Rhys Browne got the nod ahead of Alefe Santos, as Jake Gray moved into the centre of the park. Meanwhile Ryan Seager got his first start of his loan period as he displaced Sam Surridge. In the opposition line-up, Zoumana Bakayogo was at the back against his old club.
It took a long time for the game to get going, with Harry Pickering seeing a shot deflected out for a corner, whilst a Yeovil counterattack saw Ryan Seager fire well over the bar. Midway through the first half, Jordan Bowery's shot was superbly blocked by Nathan Smith, although with consequences as the defender required lengthy treatment for what appeared to be a knee problem. He continued, although wasn't to last the distance.
Crewe ended the half strongly as Perry Ng's header was palmed by Artur Krysiak for a corner, whilst Callum Ainley's shot was also thwarted by the Glovers keeper as he cut in from the left flank. Former loanee Zoumana Bakayogo wasn't closed down as he also cut in from the same area without anyone closing down, as the feeling was that Crewe had spotted a weakness in Yeovil's line-up, with Corey Whelan having picked up a booking, meaning he had to be careful of further challenges. Bakayogo then fired over the bar, leading to Yeovil swapping wingers in an attempt to allow Rhys Browne to close down the full-back's runs.
The home side had loud appeals for a penalty turned down when Paul Green's cross into the box appeared to be met by the arm of Omar Sowunmi. Referee Robert Lewis decided to award a corner, leading to boos and slow hand claps in response to his decision. From that set piece, Crewe almost scored in freak circumstances, as Harry Pickering's corner kick was flicked by Artur Krysiak but with the ball clipping the crossbar and out for another corner as the pressure began to tell.
Yeovil substituted Nathan Smith at half time, as Ryan Dickson's introduction forced a defensive reshuffle, with Tom James moving in as a centre-back. But there were more injury concerns six minutes into the half, as Harry Pickering struck the crossbar a second time, with his free kick coming off the underside before Tom James cleared the loose ball. In the resulting scramble, Artur Krysiak went down injured, with a left leg problem seeing physio Mike Micciche immediately signal to the bench to prepare the substitute. Thus Krysiak's record of having played every minute of every game this season came to an end with Jonny Maddison replacing him.
Straight after the change, Omar Sowunmi headed over the bar, but again Crewe tried to force the issue, with only their poor finishing denying them a breakthrough. Shaun Miller fired over the bar from inside the box, before Yeovil got one of their better chances - Jordan Green's pass set up Francois Zoko, who weaved his way in and out of three defenders before firing just wide.
Jonny Maddison maked his first save of the afternoon from Callum Ainley as substitute Harry McKirdy put him through, with Yeovil's legs beginning to tire. The Glovers did create one last chance, as Sam Surridge received the ball behind the Crewe defence. Up went the linesman's flag though, long before the Bournemouth player put the ball into an unguarded net. That meant the Glovers went through the whole 90 minutes without managing a legal shot on target, and were a little fortunate that the home team's shooting also often lacked accuracy. Not losing to a side below them in the table though was the important thing, as they stay in 18th place, and eight points clear of Chesterfield, whose relegation six-pointer at Morecambe was called off today.
Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Crewe Alexandra 0 Yeovil Town 0.
1 Ben Garratt
2 Perry Ng 3 Zoumana Bakayogo 20 Charlie Kirk 12 Eddie Nolan
42 Jamie Sterry 10 Jordan Bowery 30 Paul Green 14 Callum Ainley
32 Shaun Miller 18 Harry Pickering
4 Brad Walker 5 Michael Raynes 13 Dave Richards 16 Tom Lowery 24 Lewis Reilly 39 Harry McKirdy (63 mins for Charlie Kirk) 40 Daniel Barlaser
1. Artur Krysiak
22. Corey Whelan 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
15. Jordan Green 10. Jake Gray 6. Lewis Wing 9. Rhys Browne
21. Ryan Seager 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)
12. Jonny Maddison (51 mins for Artur Krysiak) 4. Jared Bird 11. Ryan Dickson (46 mins for Nathan Smith) 14. Sam Surridge (68 mins for Ryan Seager) 18. Alex Fisher 20. Oscar Gobern 30. Alefe Santos
Crewe Alexandra Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Corey Whelan (foul, 21 mins), Ryan Dickson (foul, 90 mins)
Crewe Alexandra Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 9; Fouls: 5.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.
Referee: Robert Lewis (Shropshire). Assistants: Richard Wild (Lancashire) and David Benton (South Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Chris Isherwood (Lancashire).
Attendance: 3,498 (with 159 Yeovil Town supporters).
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