Match Details: 26/09/2009
Yeovil Town 2-0 Brentford
Coca Cola League One
Yeovil Goals: Craig Alcock (25), Andy Welsh (51)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Alex McCarthy, 2. Craig Alcock, 3. Nathan Jones, 5. Steven Caulker, 6. Terrell Forbes, 9. Sam Williams, 10. Gavin Tomlin, 11. Andy Welsh, 13. Ryan Mason, 21. Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala, 25. Shaun MacDonald,
Subs: 7. George O'Callaghan, 8. Keiran Murtagh, 15. Richard Martin, 16. Scott Murray, 18. Andy Lindegaard, 28. Nathan Smith, 30. Craig Davies
Substitutes Used: Craig Davies for Sam Williams (77 mins), Nathan Smith for Andy Welsh (90 mins), George O'Callaghan for Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala (90 mins)
Bookings: Andy Welsh (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 52), Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala (Foul, 84)
Yeovil Town gained their first three points since the opening game of the season as they got rid of a nine game run without a win at Huish Park this afternoon. A comfortable 2-0 win over Brentford was secured thanks to a Craig Alcock header from an Andy Welsh corner, followed by a second half Welsh strike from a Gavin Tomlin through ball. Brentford struggled to create chances throughout with their best chance coming during the second half when Sam Wood hit the post.
The Glovers went into the match making two changes from last week's defeat at Southampton, with Alex McCarthy returning in goal, whilst Shaun MacDonald displaced Keiran Murtagh in the starting line-up. Craig Davies was on the bench following his loan move yesterday whilst defender Stefan Stam was still absent with a knee injury.
The game started in tenative fashion, perhaps both teams suffering from nerves following their more recent poor form. The Glovers were adopting a new tactic and formation in what was notionally a 4-4-1-1 formation, but one in which Kalala and MacDonald sat as two deep holding midfielders thus allowing Ryan Mason and the two wingers to push up and join lone striker Sam Williams when Yeovil were on the ball. In soaking up everything Brentford tried to throw at them early on, the back four were rarely pressurised and the Glovers were gradually able to build their game up.
They got their opening goal from a set piece, with Andy Welsh's corner being headed home by Craig Alcock - ghosting in unmarked into the box for the second goal of his Yeovil career and his first since December 2008 at Swindon. The goal seemed to lift the Glovers significantly and they went on to dominate the half, with the additional man in midfield swamping Brentford's attempts to play the ball through, and with Andy Welsh guilty of missing a good opportunity just after the goal to double Yeovil's lead with Sam Williams' header having put him through.
Just after the break though, Andy Welsh atoned for his earlier miss with a goal that started in unorthodox fashion. Welsh and Gavin Tomlin actually tackled each other for a loose ball, but Tomlin was the victor in that and as he broke forward, Welsh had spun off into space and Tomlin's pass was superb, putting the left-winger into a one-on-one situation - he netted past keeper Nikki Bull to double Yeovil's lead, and the relief at Huish Park was immense. Welsh whipped off his shirt and got booked for his celebration, but probably cared little with it being the first goal of his Yeovil Town career.
With 15 minutes to go, Brentford almost found their way back into the game when Sam Wood thumped a shot against the foot of the post after a far post cross found him in space, with the shot leaving Alex McCarthy well beaten. But this was a rare chance for the Bees and they deserved little out of the game. In fact Craig Alcock could have grabbed another when his header late on struck the crossbar and on the whole it was a comfortable victory for the Glovers.
The win lifts Yeovil up to 17th in the League One table, with Brighton, Wycombe Wanderers, Tranmere Rovers and Southampton now in the bottom four. The Glovers sit in a pack of five clubs on nine points going into tricky away games at Millwall and Oldham Athletic, and are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. But at least the players have broken their unwanted run of games without a win, and can now look forward to those two matches with fresh belief in their fight to climb away from the bottom four. They snuffed Brentford out of the game almost entirely today, with Kalala and MacDonald shepherding the ball away from their back four whenever Brentford tried to break forward, and with League One matches often being about keeping a clean sheet, they were highly effective in doing that.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.
Scorers: Craig Alcock (1-0, 25 mins), Andy Welsh (2-0, 51 mins)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-1-1)
1. Alex McCarthy
2. Craig Alcock 5. Steven Caulker 6. Terrell Forbes 3. Nathan Jones
10. Gavin Tomlin 25. Shaun MacDonald 21. JP Kalala 11. Andy Welsh
13. Ryan Mason
9. Sam Williams
15. Richard Martin (GK) 7. George O'Callaghan (90 mins for Jean-Paul Kalala) 8. Keiran Murtagh 16. Scott Murray 18. Andy Lindegaard 28. Nathan Smith (90 mins for Andy Welsh) 30. Craig Davies (77 mins for Sam Williams)
21. Nikki Bull 23. James Wilson 5. Mark Phillips 6. Alan Bennett 16. Sam Wood 7. Sam Saunders 2. Kevin O'Connor 4. Marcus Bean 12. Cleveland Taylor 8. Steven Kabba 10. Charlie MacDonald
1. Lewis Price (GK) 11. Myles Weston (46 mins for Steven Kabba) 14. Danny Foster (71 mins for Sam Saunders) 24. Lewis Ferrell 22. Karleigh Osborne 27. Ryan Blake 32. Leon Legge (86 mins for Cleveland Taylor)
Yeovil Bookings: Andy Welsh (52 mins, excessive celebration), Jean-Paul Kalala (84 mins, foul)
Brentford Bookings: Marcus Bean (84 mins, retaliation), Danny Foster (85 mins, foul)
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire). Assistants: John Busby (Oxfordshire) and Adam Watts (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Lee Swabey (Devon).
Attendance: 4,249 (including approx 900 Brentford fans).