Match Details: 20/11/2010
Charlton Athletic 3-2 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Andy Williams (17), Own Goal (55)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. John Sullivan, 2. Craig Alcock, 5. Paul Huntington, 6. Nathan Smith, 7. Andy Williams, 9. Sam Williams, 10. Dean Bowditch, 19. Adam Virgo, 21. Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala, 24. Gavin Williams, 25. Shaun MacDonald
Subs: 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Stefan Stam, 14. Adam Phillip, 16. Ed Upson, 17. Craig Calver, 20. Owain Tudur Jones, 22. Ben Roberts,
Substitutes Used: Adam Phillip for Andy Williams (87 mins)
Bookings: Dean Bowditch (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 59), Gavin Williams (Dissent, 79), , Adam Virgo (Dissent, 85)
Yeovil Town were edged out by a single goal in five this afternoon, as another late goal saw them head to their fifth League defeat in six matches. On this occasion, it was impossible not to feel sympathy, as a controversial penalty decision saw Johnnie Jackson net the decisive spot kick, to add to his opening strike. Therry Racon got Charlton's other goal, but the Glovers twice equalised through Andy Williams and a Gary Doherty own goal. Centre stage though, was referee Dean Whitestone and his assistants, who infuriated both sides by the dismissal of Christian Dailly for the home side, and Paul Huntington for the Glovers in separate incidents.
The Glovers made a number of team changes, as Andy Welsh dropped out of the squad with a calf strain, whilst both first choice full-backs were recalled, as Craig Alcock and Nathan Smith recovered from their recent back problems. The recall of Alcock allowed Jean-Paul Kalala to move back into midfield, and that meant that Owain Tudur Jones dropped to the bench. Meanwhile on the bench, Adam Phillip preferred to Luke Freeman as the fifth loan in the Glovers squad, as the Arsenal player pulled out with a thigh strain.
It was an enthusiastic Yeovil Town side that started the game the strongest, with half chances for Gavin Williams, Craig Alcock, and two from Andy Williams during the opening 10 minutes, with probably the shot into the side-netting from Andy being the best of the bunch. But such is the way that many of Yeovil's games have gone this season, that the opposition scored with their first attempt on goal. The Glovers were somewhat sluggish to react to a Charlton throw-in, and Lee Martin's right wing cross was met by Johnnie Jackson, who finished strongly to put the Addicks a goal up.
Just six minutes later though, the Glovers drew level, with another promising move from Andy Williams, who Charlton had failed to track persistently during the opening quarter-hour as he frequently cut in from the wings. He ran into the path of a Sam Williams flick-on and struck the ball from 15 yards out, with the ball flying off the inside of the near post for a quick hit-back.
The topsy-turvy nature of the game continued with just 26 minutes gone, as Charlton took the lead again, thanks to some particularly sloppy Yeovil defending. Jean-Paul Kalala's ball to Craig Alcock was a hospital pass, and as he was dispossessed by Matt Fry, the Charlton full-back threaded the ball through to Therry Racon who was in space inside the box, and the Addicks were back in front.
Away from the two penalty boxes, the Glovers were playing well, and were certainly the side playing the most football. They really should have gone into the break on level terms, as Sam Williams chested the ball down into the path of Dean Bowditch, but his penalty spot area shot was weak, and home keeper Rob Elliot managed to palm a save down low to his left, and the loose ball was cleared from danger.
The second period saw somewhat less flowing football being played by both teams, with the game being punctuated by far too many free kicks, and a tendency for the ball to be kicked away by players after the whistle was blown, or for the over-fussy and inconsistent referee Dean Whitestone to one minute insist play was restarted from a marginally different position, then minutes later allow another set piece to be taken from 10 yards from the original offence. It says something when a referee brings out five yellow cards in a match, but not one relates to a tackle in play. That said, the role of Mr Whitestone was to go far further than being an inconsistent nitpicker as the game wore on.
First of all though, came a slightly odd Yeovil Town equaliser. Christian Dailly had fouled Sam Williams on the corner of the area, and Adam Virgo was the man lined up to take the free kick. His low drive to the far post looked to be a bit wasted until it played a game of pinball in the penalty box and Gary Doherty kindly decided to even up the scores for the Glovers, by putting into his own net under pressure from Paul Huntington. 2-2 and game back on.
With 20 minutes left of the game left, things seemed to be heading Yeovil's way, albeit thanks to some questionable refereeing. When Sam Williams was clattered by Christian Dailly in the same area of the field that lined up Yeovil's equaliser, it was late, and it was an aggressive challenge. It was certainly worthy of a yellow card. However, there were few even in the away end that expected referee Dean Whitestone's decision to take centre-stage and brandish a straight red for the Scotsman. Addicks fans howled in disgust, and promptly rattled through a few chants letting Whitestone know what they thought of the decision. The cold November temperature in the ground suddenly got a bit warmer, as home manager Phil Parkinson withdrew attacker Kyel Reid, replacing him with Jonathan Fortune, to restore Charlton's back four.
The Glovers threatened to grab all three points as they pressurised for the winning goal, though without too much in the way of clearcut chances. Instead it was Charlton who had the last laugh. Far too often in football matches, when one side have received a red card, it is the other team who are vulnerable to losing a man, with referees all too willing to even up the numbers, particularly if the opening decision was controversial.
In the away end, we'd remarked upon the possibility of that happening when Dailly was dismissed, hence when Paul Huntington was judged to have pulled back Akpo Sodje for a penalty, the red card for Yeovil's centre-back was coming - even if the looping bouncing ball could never have been seen as the denial of "an obvious goal-scoring opportunity" - unless you lived on Planet Whitestone. A sickening decision, but Johnnie Jackson's smash down the middle of the goal couldn't be stopped by keeper John Sullivan.
The final few minutes allowed Adam Phillip to get a brief view of League One football for his Yeovil Town debut, and he made a few bright runs as the game completed with ten vs ten for the five minutes of injury time that followed. It was a cruel end to a game where the Glovers certainly deserved the 2-2 draw they had in the bag at one point, against a Charlton side that rarely displayed any fluency or reasons why they are second in the League One table. But the facts are that Yeovil Town have now conceded three goals or more in eight matches this season, and whilst manager Terry Skiverton can rightly feel aggrieved about the winning goal, the first two certainly need to be looked at as a continuation of their tendency to concede soft goals.
Final Score: Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 2.
Scorers: Johnnie Jackson (11 mins, 1-0), Andrew Williams (17 mins, 1-1), Therry Racon (26 mins, 2-1), Gary Doherty (55 mins, og, 2-2), Johnnie Jackson (85 mins, pen, 3-2)
1. Rob Elliot
2. Simon Francis 12. Gary Doherty 36. Christian Dailly 19. Matt Fry
10. Lee Martin (87) 8. Therry Racon Jose Vitor Semedo 4. Johnnie Jackson
11. Kyel Reid 17. Paul Benson
25. Ross Worner (GK) 5. Miguel Angel Llera 9. Pawel Abbott 14. Akpo Sodje (69 mins for Matt Fry) 16. Alan McCormack (87 minsd) 24. Jonathan Fortune (73 mins for Kyel Reid) 26. Callum Harriott
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. John Sullivan
2. Craig Alcock 5. Paul Huntington 19. Adam Virgo 6. Nathan Smith
7. Andrew Williams 21. Jean-Paul Kalala 25. Shaun MacDonald 24. Gavin Williams
9. Sam Williams 10. Dean Bowditch
22. Ben Roberts (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 4. Stefan Stam 14. Adam Phillip (87 mins for Andrew Williams) 16. Edward Upson 17. Craig Calver 20. Owain Tudur Jones
Charlton Bookings: Paul Benson (kicking ball away, 31 mins), Alan McCormack (kicking ball away, 87 mins). Red Card: Christian Dailly (serious foul play, 71 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Dean Bowditch (kicking ball away, 59 mins), Gavin Williams (dissent, 79 mins), Adam Virgo (dissent, 85 mins). Red Card: Paul Huntington (professional foul, 83 mins).
Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Warren Atkin (Sussex) and Harry Lennard (East Sussex). Fourth Official: Wade Norcott (Essex).
Attendance: 15,184 (including approx 350 Glovers fans).