Match Details: 24/02/2009
Crewe Alexandra 2-0 Yeovil Town
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 6. Terrell Forbes, 7. Jonathan Worthington, 9. Andy Welsh, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Danny Schofield, 12. Craig Alcock, 13. Josh Wagenaar, 14. Paul Warne, 23. Aaron Brown, 27. Lee Peltier, 28. Nathan Smith
Subs: 3. Nathan Jones, 15. Luke Rodgers, 16. Gary Roberts, 17. Aidan Downes, 18. Keiran Murtagh,
Substitutes Used: Gary Roberts for Paul Warne (65 mins), Aidan Downes for Aaron Brown (83 mins), Luke Rodgers for Gavin Tomlin (83 mins)
Bookings: Lee Peltier (Foul, 75)
Yeovil Town went down to a deserved defeat at Gresty Road tonight as Crewe Alexandra gained their fourth win in five matches in their attempt to get their way out of relegation trouble. In a fairly scrappy low quality game, two errors cost the Glovers the game. Clayton Donaldson flicked a Byron Moore shot just before half time after Crewe took advantage of a weak Josh Wagenaar punch, and Wagenaar did not fare much better in the second period, turning a John Brayford cross into his own net 11 minutes from time.
Manager Terry Skiverton made just one change from Saturday's line-up and even that was on the bench, with Gary Roberts recalled to face his former club, displacing Andre McCollin. Crewe lined up with an ambitious 3-4-3 formation, making it very clear to all that they didn't consider a draw good enough for their circumstances.
There were very few chances during the opening period - a Paul Warne shot went over the bar after Aaron Brown had won the ball from a set piece. That was balanced out by a Clayton Donaldson strike that was blocked by Terrell Forbes for a corner. Danny Schofield also had a shot saved, but there was little else to get excited about in a dull scrappy first period where neither side could get on the ball. What little goalmouth action there was came from outside the box.
Just as it looked as though Yeovil would go into the half time break on level terms though, a couple of mistakes were to be their undoing. Nathan Smith conceded an unnecessary corner after he was pressurised by Byron Moore, and when Billy Jones sent in the set piece, goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar's punch was weak and only fell as far as Byron Moore, whose shot was deliberately diverted by Clayton Donaldson to put the home side 1-0 up at the break.
The second half saw Yeovil come out with a little more purpose although without showing any real ability to put pressure on Crewe's goal. The best of the early action saw Gavin Tomlin force keeper John Ruddy into a comfortable save. At the other end though Wagenaar evened out his first half error by palming the ball over the bar from a Clayton Donaldson header after Billy Jones had whipped in a cross. The Canadian then blocked at the feet of Donaldson after he burst through on goal.
Skivo tried to shake things up by introducing former Crewe player Gary Roberts to a chorus of boos from the home fans, in effect giving Yeovil five in midfield and only one up front. Although the intention may have been to establish a 4-3-3 formation, Tomlin was largely left isolated and the Crewe back line looked comfortable.
With 11 minutes left though, Crewe got a gift, with another error. John Brayford's cross into the box looked harmless enough, but Josh Wagenaar was having a night to forget and he succeeded in dragging the ball over his own goal line. Brayford claimed the goal, although whether it was going directly in will need to be examined on the match video. Whatever, Crewe were 2-0 up and there was little sign that the Glovers were going to get back into it.
Aidan Downes and Luke Rodgers were thrown on in response to the second goal, but still the pattern of the game failed to change, with Yeovil huffing and puffing but never really putting the home side in serious danger of surrendering their lead. A deserved defeat in the end. Even if Crewe were not exactly any great shakes on the night, they created more than the Glovers, and they enjoyed a little bit of luck on the night as well. Certainly food for thought for Skivo and Nathan as they head back down the M5 tonight.
Final Score: Crewe Alexandra 2 Yeovil Town 0.
Scorers: Clayton Donaldson (1-0, 45 mins), John Brayford (2-0, 79 mins)
Crewe Alexandra: (3-4-3)
37. John Ruddy
31. Dennis Lawrence 6. Julien Baudet 3. Billy Jones
30. John Brayford 36. Marlon Broomes 8. Michael O'Connor 2. Dan Woodards
17. Byron Moore 19. Tom Pope 27. Clayton Donaldson
1. Steve Collis (GK) 4. Steven Schumacher (85 mins for Tom Pope) 15. George Abbey (46 mins for Dennis Lawrence) 20. Shaun Miller 22. Colin Daniel
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Josh Wagenaar
12. Craig Alcock 6. Terrell Forbes 23. Aaron Brown 28. Nathan Smith
7. Jonathan Worthington 11. Danny Schofield 27. Lee Peltier 9. Andy Welsh
10. Gavin Tomlin 14. Paul Warne
3. Nathan Jones 15. Luke Rodgers (83 mins for Gavin Tomlin) 16. Gary Roberts (65 mins for Paul Warne) 17. Aidan Downes (83 mins for Aaron Brown) 18. Keiran Murtagh
Crewe Bookings: Tom Pope (53 mins, dissent)
Yeovil Bookings: Lee Peltier (75 mins, foul)
Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Russell Fletcher (Derbyshire) and Gary Hilton (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Paul Norris (Cheshire).
Attendance: 3,432 (including approx 150 Yeovil fans).