Match Details: 24/11/2007
Millwall 2-1 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: James Walker (49)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Steve Mildenhall, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Terry Skiverton, 6. Terrell Forbes, 8. Anthony Barry, 9. Lloyd Owusu, 12. Matthew Rose, 14. Paul Warne, 17. Darren Way, 27. Lee Peltier, 28. James Walker
Subs: 5. Scott Guyett, 7. Gary Dempsey, 15. Justin Cochrane, 19. Craig Alcock, 25. Zoltán Stieber,
Substitutes Used: Gary Dempsey for Anthony Barry (69 mins), Justin Cochrane for Paul Warne (75 mins), Zoltán Stieber for Matthew Rose (84 mins)
Bookings: Matthew Rose (Foul, 28), Lee Peltier (Foul, 39), Terry Skiverton (Foul, 70)
Yeovil Town came home empty-handed from the New Den this afternoon when the least they deserved was a draw from an end-to-end encounter against Millwall. Despite taking the lead through James Walker early in the second half, the Lions ... errr ... roared back into life with the introduction of experienced strikers Adebayo Akinfenwa and Neil Harris and grabbed two late goals through Jamie O'Hara and Ali Fuseini.
The Glovers made just one change to last week's side with Gary Dempsey being displaced by Matty Rose, whilst on the bench, new loan signing Zoltan Stieber was lined up to make his debut. A first half saw both sides' defences largely on top, with the back lines generally thwarting the end to end midfield runs around the 18 yard line. Steve Mildenhall had two fairly academic saves to make, whilst Paul Warne went close at the other end with a shot into the side netting. The Glovers went in at half time having in the main forced Millwall onto the back foot, and with the home side being forced to perform counter-attacking to try and relieve the pressure. All that was missing from the Glovers performance was a clear-cut chance to bury in the net.
They got that four minutes into the second period with a real beauty from James Walker. After an Anthony Barry corner had been half cleared, the ball fell back to the midfielder and his second delivery was met with a knockdown from Lloyd Owusu into the path of Walker, who chested the ball down and smashed it home on the angle from eight yards out.
The Glovers in no way rested on their laurels - Millwall looked somewhat stunned by the goal and the game could have easily been put out of reach within the following ten minutes, with both Walker and Owusu getting into great positions to extend Yeovil's lead. In fact when Walker broke through in an almost identical area of the box and fired at goal, it was enough for Owusu to stick his arms in the air in celebration - only for a Millwall defender's leg to somehow divert the attempt over the bar.
With the home side going nowhere, new manager Kenny Jackett introduced Harris and Akinfenwa - the latter to a chorus of boos from the travelling Yeovil support - and with an extra striker on the pitch, they began to open up spaces, with the rather considerable bulk of Akinfenwa invariably at the heart of the increasing foul count that unsettled both the Glovers midfield and defence.
It look the Lions until the 71st minute though to break the Yeovil defence down and even that had a slight element of fortune to it. Ali Fuseini's cross was headed clear by Terry Skiverton, but only into the path of Jamie O'Hara and he had rather too much space on the Yeovil right flank to drive the ball across Steve Mildenhall and into the far corner.
To Yeovil's credit, they did not let the now noisy New Den intimidate them, and they pushed players up in search of the winner that their play deserved and once again Millwall were on the back foot. However, the home side always looked dangerous on the counter-attack and that was how they got their winner. Lee Peltier lost possession whilst driving deep into the Millwall half, and Ali Fuseini got in behind the Yeovil right-back and with the freedom of that entire flank drove at the stretched Glovers defence, squeezing the ball in at Steve Mildenhall's near post from 25 yards out to frustratingly turn the game on its head.
Once again Yeovil pressed forward in search of an equaliser, instead of the winner that they had been previously searching for, but four minutes worth of injury time didn't benefit them and they left South-East London wondering how exactly the game had disappeared out of their grasp.
Final Score: Millwall 2 Yeovil Town 1.
Yeovil Town: 4-3-3
1. Steve Mildenhall
27. Lee Peltier 4. Terry Skiverton 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
8. Anthony Barry 12. Matty Rose 17. Darren Way
28. James Walker 9. Lloyd Owusu 14. Paul Warne
Subs: 5. Scott Guyett 7. Gary Dempsey (69 mins for Anthony Barry) 15. Justin Cochrane (75 mins for Paul Warne) 19. Craig Alcock 25. Zoltan Stieber (84 mins for Matty Rose)
1. Lenny Pidgeley
30. Marcus Bignot 5. Paul Robinson 6. Zak Whitbread 21. Zoumana Bakayogo
19. Jay Simpson 22. Ali Fuseini 32. Brian Hodge 18. Jamie O'Hara
10. Will Hoskins 8. Gary Alexander
Subs: 13. Chris Day (GK) 9. Neil Harris (63 mins for Jay Simpson) 14. David Brammer 16. Scott Barron 24. Adebayo Akinfenwa (63 mins for Will Hoskins)
Scorers: James Walker (49 mins, 0-1), Jamie O'Hara (71 mins, 1-1), Ali Fuseini (82 mins, 2-1)
Millwall Bookings: Ali Fuseini (43 mins, foul), Gary Alexander (54 mins, foul), Adebayo Akinfenwa (90 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: Matty Rose (28 mins, foul), Lee Peltier (39 mins, foul), Terry Skiverton (70 mins, foul)
Referee: Steve Bratt (West Midlands). Assistants: David Buck (Kent) and Mike George (Norfolk). Fourth Official: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey).
Attendance: 8,105 (including 366 Yeovil fans)