Match Details: 29/01/2011
Brentford 1-2 Yeovil Town
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Oli Johnson (24), Paul Wotton (83)
Yeovil Line-Up: 5. Paul Huntington, 6. Nathan Smith, 7. Andy Williams, 10. Dean Bowditch, 11. Andy Welsh, 12. Oli Johnson, 13. Stephen Henderson, 14. Max Ehmer, 16. Ed Upson, 20. Paul Wotton, 21. Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala,
Subs: 1. Richard Martin, 3. Nathan Jones, 9. Sam Williams, 15. Alex Russell, 17. Craig Calver, 23. Billy Gibson
Substitutes Used: Alex Russell for Ed Upson (58 mins), Sam Williams for Andy Welsh (82 mins)
Bookings: Oli Johnson (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 24), Jean-Paul Kamudimba Kalala (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 77), Paul Wotton (Foul, 79)
Yeovil Town continued their gradual climb towards the edge of the League One relegation zone with a valuable 2-1 win over Brentford at Griffin Park this afternoon. Not by any stretch of the imagination the classic of Tuesday night's match at Hillsborough, this was a game where both sides struggled to carve out direct chances, and where the game was settled by a single moment of brilliance - a Paul Wotton free kick seven minutes from time that secured all three points.
The Glovers went into the match making one enforced change, with suspensions to Luke Ayling and Adam Virgo seeing both unavailable for the right-back slot. Jean-Paul Kalala returned from his own suspension and was slotted into Ayling's role, with Craig Alcock failing in his attempts to make his comeback from a back problem.
The first half and indeed much of the game was a scrappy one with both teams struggling for any fluency on a bumpy pitch, as the sides rarely managed to string together much more than two or three passes. It took around 15 minutes for either side to create anything of note, with Gary Alexander's shot being saved by Stephen Henderson, with Myles Weston firing wide of the target on the second attempt. Then came a move where Henderson served up more of his Tuesday night Hillsborough performance - saving from Charlie MacDonald and Weston in quick succession, whilst Robbie Simpson had a shot cleared off the line, all inside 60 seconds.
Less than a minute later though, the Glovers got their noses in front with their first meaningful attack on the game. Andy Williams latched onto a throughball, and his attempt hit the post. The rebound fell to Oli Johnson and despite defender Karleigh Osborne blocking his first attempt to score, the striker bundled the ball in on the second attempt. 1-0 up and Johnson won't have minded his booking for running into the crowd, celebrating his first for the club.
Aside from the goal, there was little to keep the crowd warm in the bitterly cold conditions at Griffin Park. Henderson saved well from Charlie MacDonald again, but the Bees striker had more joy six minutes before the break when he latched onto the end of a Karleigh Osborne free kick, looping his shot beyond Henderson to level the scores in an odd half of football. Two goals, but aside from that, and the brief flurry of saves from Henderson just before Yeovil's opener, a half almost devoid of action inside the boxes.
The second half gradually grew more open although both sides struggled to create big chances. One of the best fell to Gary Alexander when he turned inside the box, having received a Lewis Grabban ball, but his shot whistled wide of the upright. Dean Bowditch fired wide of the target in a rare chance, as the game threatened to peter out to a 1-1 draw.
All that changed in the closing 10 minutes, as a moment of defensive madness gifted the Glovers the game. Defender Karleigh Osborne's pass back to his goalkeeper was woefully short, forcing keeper Richard Lee out of his area. He dived at the feet of Oli Johnson, using his hands outside the box, and the red card that followed was possibly one of the more obvious that referee Peter Quinn could have ever produced in his career, with Lee clearly the last man.
After a lengthy delay, as the Bees brought on Simon Royce, the Glovers provided maximum punishment for the home side, as Paul Wotton teed up a free kick, and belted it past Royce to give Yeovil the lead and to give Wotton his first goal since April 2008, whilst he was still a Plymouth Argyle player. A rare moment of quality in a scrappy match, and fitting as a match winner.
There was still a bit of time to go, with the Glovers heading for the corner flags to ease out the remaining minutes, including four minutes of injury time, but Brentford never really threatened thereafter, and looked somewhat sorry for themselves following the big moment the match had been turned on. For the Glovers, this wasn't a golden classic - apart from Wotton's pearler - but it was three more valuable points that put them right on the edge of the relegation zone - level with Swindon and Tranmere, and with Walsall thumping Bristol Rovers 6-1 under their new management, they were able to pull away from their West Country rivals in the relegation zone as well. Points against Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night would surely lift them above the line now.
Final Score: Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 2.
Scorers: Oli Johnson (0-1, 24 mins), Charlie MacDonald (1-1, 39 mins), Paul Wotton (1-2, 83 mins).
1. Richard Lee
12. Michael Spillane 22. Karleigh Osborne 6. Pim Balkestein 3. Craig Woodman
23. Robbie Simpson 28. Owain Tudur Jones 2. Kevin O'Connor 11. Myles Weston
10. Charlie MacDonald 29. Gary Alexander
21. Simon Royce (GK) (82 mins for Robbie Simpson) 8. Nicky Forster (85 mins for Michael Spillane) 19. Lewis Grabban (61 mins for Myles Weston) 20. Toumani Diagouraga 24. Stephen Wright 27. Marc Laird 32. Leon Legge
13. Stephen Henderson
21. JP Kalala 14. Max Ehmer 5. Paul Huntington 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andrew Welsh 20. Paul Wotton 16. Edward Upson 10. Dean Bowditch
7. Andrew Williams 12. Oli Johnson
1. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 9. Sam Williams (82 mins for Andy Welsh) 15. Alex Russell (58 mins for Ed Upson) 17. Craig Calver 23. Billy Gibson
Brentford Bookings: Gary Alexander (43 mins, foul), Michael Spillane (64 mins, foul), Craig Woodman (71 mins, unsporting behaviour). Red Card: Richard Lee (81 mins, professional handball).
Yeovil Bookings: Oli Johnson (24 mins, excessive celebration), JP Kalala (77 mins, timewasting), Paul Wotton (79 mins, foul)
Referee: Peter Quinn (Cleveland). Assistants: John Magill (Essex) and Wade Norcott (Essex). Fourth Official: Tim Robinson (East Sussex).
Attendance: 4,753 (including 285 away fans).