Match Details: 17/02/2009
Bristol Rovers 3-0 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 6. Terrell Forbes, 7. Jonathan Worthington, 9. Andy Welsh, 12. Craig Alcock, 13. Josh Wagenaar, 14. Paul Warne, 23. Aaron Brown, 24. Aleksandar Prijović, 26. Shaun MacDonald, 27. Lee Peltier, 28. Nathan Smith
Subs: 3. Nathan Jones, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Danny Schofield, 15. Luke Rodgers, 18. Keiran Murtagh,
Substitutes Used: Luke Rodgers for Aleksandar Prijović (61 mins), Danny Schofield for Shaun MacDonald (61 mins), Gavin Tomlin for Paul Warne (75 mins)
Bookings: Nathan Smith (Foul, 69)
Yeovil Town were emphatically beaten 3-0 at the Memorial Stadium tonight as they lost their four game winning run and their unbeaten Football League record against their West Country rivals. A strike from David Pipe was quickly followed up by a diving header from Darryl Duffy as Yeovil's defence went to sleep on a set piece, whilst the salt in the wounds was a Rickie Lambert free kick four minutes from time, with the managerless Glovers looking a little sorry for themselves tonight.
Caretaker manager Steve Thompson chose not to rock the boat any more than it has been rocked so far this week, by making just one necessary change to Saturday's line-up, despite having three additional players available to him following suspension. Terrell Forbes took Terry Skiverton's place at the back as well as his captain's armband, but otherwise Thommo's only change was a strengthening of the bench with the additional players now available.
With the players being left shell-shocked at yesterday's news, much would depend upon whether they came out fighting and with a motivation to take out their frustrations upon Rovers, or whether they would meekly keel over with their minds on other matters. To be fair, they started well and the first 20 minutes was a typical start to a local derby, with the Glovers having much of the possession and territory, albeit with a few weak shots not really bothering Rovers keeper Steve Phillips too much.
Midway through the half though, Rovers struck gold at the less busy end. A Darryl Duffy cross was hooked home from 12 yards out by David Pipe, with the Glovers defence looking as though the preceding wing play had dragged a few players out of position.
At that point, the Glovers seemed to go into their shells somewhat, perhaps with the week's events on their minds, and it was no great surprise when Rovers doubled their lead 11 minutes later. A Stuart Campbell free kick caught the defence catnapping and Darryl Duffy had time and space to plant a free header past Josh Wagenaar. At that point things looked rather grim with several players looking static at times, and the fear was that Yeovil might cave in at that point.
Thankfully that didn't quite happen, and they rallied well during the five minute period leading up to the break with the influential Andy Welsh causing Rovers a few problems on the left flank, whilst Paul Warne in particular was impressive in the middle, forcing home keeper Steve Phillips into a good one handed save just before half time came.
The less said about the second half, the better. It wasn't as if Rovers particularly dominated the match at all. But Yeovil would not really have troubled the Rovers goal if they'd played on until midnight. They probably weren't helped by some weak refereeing from Peter Walton, as the game became a bit niggly and the inevitable bout of timewasting went unpunished. But these weren't the reasons why Yeovil lost the game - they lost it because they lost their way after the first goal went in, and that will be a concern for Thommo if he remains in charge for Saturday's match - although a rumour picked up before the game was that club captain Terry Skiverton had been offered the post.
Four minutes from time, another of Mr Walton's slightly odd decisions gave Rovers a free kick at 30 yards distance, and substitute Rickie Lambert took a pot shot that gave Wagenaar not a hope of saving it. 3-0 and adding on four minutes injury time was a cruel way of prolonging the agony. Probably Yeovil's least inspired performance for three months - which given the circumstances probably wasn't a great surprise, but that doesn't necessarily make that any easier to take.
Final Score: Bristol Rovers 3 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: David Pipe (19 mins, 1-0), Darryl Duffy (30 mins, 2-0), Richard Lambert (86 mins, 3-0).
1. Steve Phillips
2. Ryan Green 5. Craig Hinton 6. Steve Elliott 32. Aaron Lescott
14. David Pipe 7. Stuart Campbell 4. Chris Lines 11. Jeff Hughes
17. Jo Kuffour 10. Darryl Duffy
21. Danzelle St Louis-Hamilton (GK) 20. Craig Disley (76 mins for David Pipe) 3. Joe Jacobson (80 mins for Jeff Hughes) 9. Richard Lambert (71 mins for Jo Kuffour) 15. Byron Anthony
Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 23. Aaron Brown 6. Terrell Forbes 28. Nathan Smith
26. Shaun MacDonald 27. Lee Peltier 7. Jonathan Worthington 9. Andrew Welsh
14. Paul Warne 24. Aleksander Prijovic
3. Nathan Jones, 10. Gavin Tomlin (75 mins for Paul Warne) 11. Danny Schofield (61 mins for Shaun MacDonald) 15. Luke Rodgers (61 mins for Aleksander Prijovic) 18. Keiran Murtagh
Rovers Bookings: David Pipe (69 mins, retaliation)
Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (69 mins, foul)
Referee: Peter Walton (Northamptonshire). Assistants: John Flynn (Wiltshire) and Ron Ganfield (Somerset). Fourth Official: Roger East (Wiltshire).
Attendance: 8,049 (including approx 600 Yeovil fans)