Match Details: 29/10/2011
Yeovil Town 0-1 Huddersfield Town
npower League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Nathan Jones, 4. Bondz N'Gala, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 8. Ed Upson, 16. Oli Johnson, 18. Kieran Agard, 20. Paul Wotton, 21. Gavin Massey, 25. Darren Purse, 30. Marek Stech
Subs: 11. Anthony Edgar, 15. Kerrea Gilbert, 17. Alan O'Brien, 23. Billy Gibson, 24. Gareth Stewart,
Substitutes Used: Alan O'Brien for Kieran Agard (84 mins)
Bookings: Ed Upson (Foul, 90), Bondz N'Gala (Dissent, 90)
Yeovil Town stayed bottom of League One, despite taking promotion-chasing Huddersfield Town to the wire in an evenly contested match at Huish Park. An Anton Robinson goal ten minutes from the end of the match was all it took to separate the two sides, although Dominic Blizzard and Oli Johnson struck the woodwork either side of that in a game where the Glovers could easily have broken the Terriers' mammoth unbeaten run that now extends to 41 league matches.
The Glovers went into the game making just one change to their side, with Max Ehmer's one match suspension forcing him to drop out of the side. However, a delay on Luke Ayling's FA disciplinary hearing meant that he was able to be selected, and so he slotted into the right-back position in a like-for-like swap. The only other change was on the bench, as Alan O'Brien made his comeback from a groin injury, displacing Curtis Haynes-Brown.
The first half was a quiet one in terms of chances, even if Yeovil Town imposed themselves well on the game during the 45 minutes. Much of the Glovers outlets came through the pace of Gavin Massey and Kieran Agard with the ball being pumped into the channels for them to run onto. An Oli Johnson early attempt across the face of the box saw Agard inches away from connecting at the back stick during the opening ten minutes.
Bar the odd long ranger, the visitors struggled to create chances of any note, with their most impressive attempt coming from a corner when Peter Clarke's header forced Marek Stech to palm his attempt over the bar. That was the Terriers' only shot on target during the whole 45 minutes, with a Jordan Rhodes turn-and-shoot their only other danger moment. The Glovers deserved to be level at the break, with Kieran Agard having a shot on the angle deflected for a corner in the lead-up to half time.
Second half saw Huddersfield introduce winger Gary Roberts as a substitute and their response to what was doubtless a half time Lee Clarke talking to, was decidedly sharper, even if the Glovers still continued to hold their own. Jordan Rhodes struck a long range attempt just over the bar, whilst balls into the box from wide positions from Roberts kept the Yeovil defence busy, but Darren Purse was an utter rock at the back for the home side.
Just past the hour mark, Yeovil seemed to accelerate their attempts to grab the win. A clever free kick routine appeared to be teed up for the usual Paul Wotton blast but was instead tapped down the channel to Nathan Jones, catching out the Huddersfield back line. His ball whistled across the face of the box, but no-one could get on the end of it. Then minutes later Dominic Blizzard struck the crossbar, but Ed Upson fluffed his lines on the rebound, slicing his attempt wide of the target.
That miss was to prove crucial when Huddersfield managed a smash'n'grab ten minutes from time. When you can bring in substitutes of the quality of Gary Roberts, Lee Novak and Anton Robinson onto the field, you're always going to be a threat, and the Terriers introduced all three over the course of the second period. Slightly against the run of play, Scott Arfield's shot was parried by Marek Stech and as the ball broke lose, Robinson slotted the ball into the back of the net for a real sucker punch of a goal.
Just a minute after that strike, Yeovil threatened to hit back. Oli Johnson had just before the goal looked to be running out of steam, managed to get some energy from somewhere. A strong run by Gavin Massey saw him slip the ball through to Kieran Agard, and his pass found Johnson who struck the woodwork again to the home side's frustration.
Huddersfield then professionally wound the clock down, slowing down every free kick and throw-in that they legitimately could, and Yeovil probably didn't help themselves too much, with Bondz N'Gala and Ed Upson picking up late bookings as the frustration of not getting what they felt they deserved. The Glovers stay bottom, with their sixth home defeat of the 2011-12 season, and the league table shows that they are still deep in trouble. However, they will wonder how the Terriers came out of that with all three points on the day.
Link: 2011-12 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.
Scorer: Anton Robinson (0-1, 80 mins)
Yeovil Town: (4-3-3/4-5-1)
30. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 4. Bondz N'Gala 25. Darren Purse 3. Nathan Jones
6. Dominic Blizzard 20. Paul Wotton 8. Edward Upson
16. Oli Johnson 21. Gavin Massey 18. Kieran Agard
24. Gareth Stewart (GK) 11. Anthony Edgar 15. Kerrea Gilbert 17. Alan O'Brien (84 mins for Kieran Agard) 23. Billy Gibson
13. Ian Bennett
32. Jack Hunt 5. Peter Clarke 15. Liam Cooper 2. Calum Woods
11. Daniel Ward 14. Damien Johnson 18. Tommy Miller 16. Scott Arfield
17. Jordan Rhodes 19. Alan Lee
25. Nick Colgan (GK) 8. Antony Kay 22. Anton Robinson (73 mins for Damien Johnson) 7. Gary Roberts (46 mins for Daniel Ward) 21. Lee Novak (62 mins for Alan Lee)
Yeovil Bookings: Bondz N'Gala (90 mins, dissent), Ed Upson (90 mins, foul)
Huddersfield Bookings: Scott Arfield (35 mins, foul), Alan Lee (55 mins, dissent)
Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Lee Swabey (Devon). Fourth Official: Kevin Johnson (Somerset).
Attendance: 3,486 (including 533 Huddersfield supporters).