Match Details: 02/02/2013
Yeovil Town 3-0 Brentford
npower League One
Yeovil Goals: Paddy Madden (34), Ed Upson (41), Daniel Burn (84)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 3. Jamie McAllister, 5. Byron Webster, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 14. Sam Foley, 17. Paddy Madden, 18. Daniel Burn, 19. Matthew Dolan, 22. Kevin Dawson
Subs: 4. Richard Hinds, 6. Dominic Blizzard, 7. Kwesi Appiah, 10. Gavin Williams, 12. Gareth Stewart, 15. Lewis Young, 20. Joe Edwards,
Substitutes Used: Joe Edwards for Matthew Dolan (24 mins), Kwesi Appiah for James Hayter (74 mins), Dominic Blizzard for Ed Upson (82 mins)
Bookings: Ed Upson (Dissent, 38), Jamie McAllister (Foul, 80)
Yeovil Town clocked up their fifth consecutive League One win this afternoon, as they swept aside fellow promotion challengers Brentford at Huish Park. In what was a highly competitive fixture, it was clinical finishing from the Glovers that separated the two sides. Striker Paddy Madden opened the scoring with his 15th goal of the 2012-13 season, whilst that was added to just before the break by a 30 yard Ed Upson strike, with the midfielder celebrating his 100th appearance for the club in style. The game was polished off in the final ten minutes as Dan Burn volleyed home Jamie McAllister's free kick to put his side level with Sheffield United on the final play-off place.
Manager Gary Johnson selected the same starting eleven and the same substitutes bench - a pretty simple decision to make given that his side went into the match sat on a run of four straight League One victories. The visiting line-up featured former loan player Rob Keirnan, who fitted in as a holding midfielder as the Bees selected a 4-1-4-1 formation that allowed them to hit the ball up to big awkward striker Clayton Donaldson.
It was Donaldson who was the early thorn in Yeovil's side - they were the better of the two clubs for the opening half an hour, with the striker getting on the end of three useful chances. His dipping volley caught Marek Stech off his line, but the Czech Republic man managed to recover enough ground to tip the ball out for a corner. When the set piece was put into the box, Dan Burn was on hand to clear the ball off the line. Donaldson later fired wide, before Stech denied him again, clipping a shot wide of the target for another corner as the Bees produced all the early chances.
Yeovil's early attempts to get into the game weren't helped by Matthew Dolan having to come off with an injury to his left ankle, midway through the first half, although Joe Edwards was a more than able replacement. Marek Stech had to save yet again, as Brentford's Tom Adeyemi weaved in and out of a number of green'n'white players, before the keeper got his body in the way and once again a corner was the end result.
Given that Stech had been the busiest man on the pitch, it was a bit of a surprise when the opening goal came down the other end of the park. It had a slight bit of fortune to it, as Brentford defender Tony Craig's clearance struck Kevin Dawson, with the ball falling into the path of his housemate Paddy Madden. The striker wasn't going to turn down a good opportunity, and scored his seventh goal of 2013, as he confidently chipped the ball past keeper Simon Moore for the opener.
Brentford could have immediately equalised as Harry Forrester took advantage of a loose ball following a free kick. However, Marek Stech denied the Bees time and time again earlier in the season at Griffin Park, and he was in that sort of mood this afternoon as he spread himself, ensuring that Forrester's attempt came off his legs and out for a corner.
Having had the lion's share of the chances, Brentford found themselves two goals behind as the game crept towards half time. Midfielder Ed Upson was playing his 100th game for Yeovil Town since signing from Ipswich Town two and a half years ago, and he capped that milestone with a superbly taken goal - a 30 yard strike that flew into the back of the net to stun the Bees and double Yeovil's lead. It could even have been three before the break, if Rob Keirnan hadn't bravely blocked Sam Foley's strike on goal, as Yeovil finally got into their groove, finishing the final five minutes on top of the game, and with the visitors looking a little stunned.
The Glovers new dominance of the game was maintained immediately after the break, as James Hayter and Paddy Madden put chances wide in a much more open second period, with the Bees having made a half time tactical substitution to try to change the match. The Bees were a little lucky to keep former Manchester City defender Shaleum Logan on the field, when he twice committed fouls whilst already on a yellow card - the usually reliable referee James Linington made a number of second half decisions that annoyed the home crowd but thankfully didn't cost too much.
As the half wore on, Brentford gradually pressed the gamble button, introducing attacking midfielder Sam Saunders, followed by striker Paul Hayes, and a spot of nerves crept in with the possibility that if the visitors could get a goal back, then there might be a twist to the match that no-one in the home sections wanted.
Instead, the game went in the other direction. Shaleum Logan committed yet another foul, as he took down Sam Foley, and Jamie McAllister executed the set-piece that allowed Dan Burn the chance for his second Yeovil Town goal, as he volleyed home from inside the box. At 3-0 up with six minutes left, that was the goal that sealed it - and perhaps what nudged the match sponsors to give the Fulham loanee their player of the day award.
Needless to say there was no way back for Brentford at this point, and the game was played out with relative ease, to restore Yeovil's seventh place position in the League One table, and to put them level on points with sixth placed Sheffield United, who lost last night. Having now beaten Sheffield United, Milton Keynes Dons and Brentford in their last three matches, the Glovers have come out as victors in three 'six pointers' in a row - a perfect set of results that has put them back in with a shout for a top six finish. With 17 matches remaining, it's way too early to make any rash predictions, but certainly the opportunity is there for them to take.
Link: 2012-13 Latest League One Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Brentford 0.
Scorers: Paddy Madden (1-0, 34 mins), Ed Upson (2-0, 41 mins), Daniel Burn (3-0, 84 mins).
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster 18. Daniel Burn 3. Jamie McAllister
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 19. Matthew Dolan 14. Sam Foley
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 6. Dominic Blizzard (82 mins for Ed Upson) 7. Kwesi Appiah (74 mins for James Hayter) 10. Gavin Williams 15. Lewis Young 20. Joe Edwards (24 mins for Matthew Dolan)
21. Simon Moore 14. Shaleum Logan 5. Tony Craig 6. Harlee Dean 24. Jake Bidwell 33. Rob Kiernan 8. Jonathan Douglas 12. Tom Adeyemi 4. Adam Forshaw 9. Clayton Donaldson 19. Harry Forrester
1. Richard Lee 3. Scott Barron 7. Sam Saunders (60 mins for Rob Keirnan) 11. Marcello Trotta (46 mins for Adam Forshaw) 18. Lee Hodson 20. Toumani Diagouraga 23. Paul Hayes (71 mins for Harry Forrester)
Yeovil Bookings: Ed Upson (38 mins, dissent), Jamie McAllister (80 mins, foul)
Brentford Bookings: Shaleum Logan (29 mins, foul)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 13.
Brentford Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 10; Fouls: 11.
Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: Tony Peart (North Yorkshire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).
Attendance: 4,106 (with 643 Brentford supporters).