Match Details: 08/01/2011
Yeovil Town 2-0 Brentford
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Paul Huntington (32), Andy Williams (59)
Yeovil Line-Up: 5. Paul Huntington, 6. Nathan Smith, 7. Andy Williams, 8. Luke Ayling, 9. Sam Williams, 10. Dean Bowditch, 11. Andy Welsh, 13. Stephen Henderson, 14. Max Ehmer, 16. Ed Upson, 20. Paul Wotton,
Subs: 1. Richard Martin, 3. Nathan Jones, 17. Craig Calver, 19. Adam Virgo, 23. Billy Gibson, 31. Rhys Baggridge
Substitutes Used: Billy Gibson for Dean Bowditch (90 mins)
Bookings: Sam Williams (Foul, 71), Nathan Smith (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town continued their fine start to 2011 by claiming all three points against an in-form Brentford side at Huish Park this afternoon. The Glovers made the most of their chances in a tight game, as a Paul Huntington header in the first half was followed up by a second period Andy Williams goal, allowing the Glovers to keep their fourth consecutive League clean sheet, and lift them up to 21st in the table, leapfrogging Bristol Rovers who were without a game today.
Team selection saw two enforced changes to Yeovil Town's starting line-up as the loss of two loan players saw them lose John Sullivan and Shaun MacDonald back to their parent clubs. In came Stephen Henderson for his second debut for the club, whilst Ed Upson was preferred in midfield, with Jean-Paul Kalala out suspended. Adam Virgo made it as far as the bench following his knee injury.
The opening 45 minutes was a half of extremely few chances - apart from one notable moment. An early Andy Welsh header was followed by a pattern of nothingness, and although Welsh and Andy Williams got plenty of time on the ball, there was little on offer in the way of clear-cut chances. Each side had a couple of deflected shots - Dean Bowditch saw his attempt blocked by Craig Woodman, whilst a Myles Weston shot was snuffed out by Sam Williams. Yeovil were maybe edging it but without visiting keeper Richard Lee being bothered at any stage.
Half an hour into the match though, things warmed up a bit more, as a Craig Woodman cross was headed down by Marcus Bean, and Marc Laird, brought in on loan from Millwall, forced Stephen Henderson into his first save of the game. At the other end though, was to come the one genuine clinical move of the half. Andy Welsh remains the main creative outlet in the Yeovil Town team, and in a near replica of Monday's winning goal against MK Dons, he set up the opening goal of the game. This time, Welsh's free kick was an inswinger, that Brentford keeper Richard Lee came for, but Paul Huntington got in ahead of him, and netted for the second consecutive match to put Yeovil 1-0 up with 32 minutes gone.
Huntington took a whack in the face from Richard Lee for the goal, but after a lengthy delay got to his feet. Thereafter the half was played out in much the same way that it had done so prior to the goal - both sides playing the ball round in midfield, but without penetration inside the boxes. No complaints at half time from the home fans, mind.
The second period opened with Brentford's best spell of the game, dominating possession and putting the Glovers under immediate pressure. Gary Alexander headed wide from a Marcus Bean cross, then Stephen Henderson was forced to save from point blank range as he dived at Alexander's feet, taking a blow in the midrift from the striker's swinging boot. Brentford managed more attacking intent during the opening 10 minutes than they'd managed during the whole of the opening 45 minutes.
Henderson may have been the one with the physical body blow, but it was Brentford that got the mental body blow. Having dominated that short period after the break, it was Yeovil who created the incisive move, when they netted with their first attack of the second half. Dean Bowditch may not be naturally a left-winger, but his pass through to Nathan Smith, who had overlapped, put the full-back through, and his cross into the box was met by an Andy Williams diving header - a little mis-timed, but with enough pace on it to reach the back of the net for a crucial 2-0 scoreline.
Brentford tried to hit back immediately, gradually introducing their three substitutes, but again it was the Glovers who were the more incisive - Dean Bowditch's 25 yard drive saw Richard Lee scrambling to cover his goal, with the shot going just wide. Then Lee was forced to parry an Andy Williams attempt as his twisting turning run was unchecked by Brentford's back four.
In the end the Bees ran out of steam and out of ideas, and the Glovers looked increasingly comfortable as the game went on. Right at the end, Andy Welsh almost made it three as his free kick struck the crossbar and came out. But in the end it was three points landed in the bag without too much end-of-match stress and the end result was a deserved win, with the Bees only really looking dangerous between half time and the second goal. Four games unbeaten, four games without a goal being conceded. With the Glovers still three points away from safety, they haven't pulled themselves out of trouble by any stretch of the imagination, but in terms of a start to 2011, and a start to clawing their way out of trouble, it's way beyond anything anyone would have hoped for, and if that continues, the Glovers have given themselves a big chance of pulling themselves out of the fire.
Link: 2010-11 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.
Scorers: Paul Huntington (32 mins, 1-0), Andrew Williams (59 mins, 2-0)
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
13. Stephen Henderson
8. Luke Ayling 5. Paul Huntington 14. Max Ehmer 6. Nathan Smith
11. Andrew Welsh 16. Edward Upson 20. Paul Wotton 10. Dean Bowditch
9. Sam Williams 7. Andrew Williams
1. Richard Martin (GK) 3. Nathan Jones 17. Craig Calver 19. Adam Virgo 23. Billy Gibson (90 mins for Dean Bowditch) 31. Rhys Baggridge
1. Richard Lee
24. Stephen Wright 32. Leon Legge 22. Karleigh Osborne 3. Craig Woodman 4. Marcus Bean 2. Kevin O'Connor 27. Marc Laird 11. Myles Weston 10. Charlie MacDonald 29. Gary Alexander
21. Simon Royce (GK) 5. David McCracken 8. Nicky Forster (60 mins for Marcus Bean) 6. Pim Balkestein (72 mins for Leon Legge) 12. Michael Spillane 20. Toumani Diagouraga 23. Robbie Simpson (67 mins for Gary Alexander)
Yeovil Bookings: Sam Williams (71 mins, foul), Nathan Smith (90 mins, foul)
Brentford Bookings: Craig Woodman (15 mins, foul), Nicky Forster (71 mins, aggressive stance), Stephen Wright (80 mins, foul)
Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Tony Horton (Wolverhampton) and Neil Radford (Worcester). Fourth Official: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).