Match Details: 29/03/2013
Yeovil Town 0-0 Walsall
npower League One
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Marek Stech, 2. Luke Ayling, 5. Byron Webster, 8. Ed Upson, 9. James Hayter, 14. Sam Foley, 17. Paddy Madden, 18. Daniel Burn, 20. Joe Edwards, 22. Kevin Dawson, 29. Angelo Balanta
Subs: 4. Richard Hinds, 10. Gavin Williams, 12. Gareth Stewart, 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko, 16. Nathan Ralph, 19. Ben Gordon, 26. Matthew Dolan,
Substitutes Used: Matthew Dolan for Sam Foley (63 mins)
Yeovil Town and Walsall cancelled each other out at Huish Park this afternoon, as they drew 0-0 in a tight encounter. After all the hype of Paddy Madden vs Will Grigg, it was largely midfielders and defenders who were on top in a game of few chances. Referee Tim Robinson was one of the key figures on the pitch, twice denying the Glovers penalty appears as James Hayter and Dan Burn appeared to be fouled by Paul Downing and Andy Butler respectively. The end result probably does neither side too many favours although both sides remain 7th and 8th as they started at the beginning of the day.
The Glovers went into the game performing a bit of midfield shuffling as Queens Park Rangers loanee Angelo Balanta made his debut for the club out on the left wing. With Dominic Blizzard out injured, that meant that Kevin Dawson moved into the centre, whilst Sam Foley moved onto the right flank. Otherwise the other change saw Matthew Dolan added to the squad as a substitute, following the restart of his loan spell at the club.
Walsall started as the better side, albeit without being particularly clinical. Joe Edwards had a shot blocked by a defender, whilst Dan Burn headed wide, whilst Ed Upson had one of his traditional distance shots go wide of the target, but these were in truth half chances for the Glovers. At the other end, Febian Brandy brought out the first proper save of the day, as Marek Stech had to palm the ball away, with Luke Ayling hacking the loose ball clear.
In the closing stages of the half, a weak punch by Walsall keeper Sam Johnstone saw the ball fall loose to Dan Burn, but he fired wide of the target. But then Saddlers wide man Jamie Paterson had two opportunities to open the scoring - first firing wide of the target, and then seeing a later attempt blocked by James Hayter of all people, who was close to the goal-line covering for Marek Stech after the keeper's punch from a corner had landed in the path of the Saddlers player. 0-0 at the break though rather summed up the game.
The second period started as the first one had, with Walsall getting a mild upper hand, but without too much to worry about. Sam Mantom and Craig Westcarry had shots on goal blocked by the Yeovil defence who were doing a fairly methodical job on stopping Marek Stech getting too far involved, apart from punched and catches from set pieces.
But then came three key moments that could have seen the balance of the match change. First James Hayter appeared to be felled by Paul Downing as he collided with him in the box, with referee Tim Robinson doing nothing about the challenge. Then winger Angelo Balanta fizzed a ball across the face of the box that needed just a touch on it from Hayter or Madden to convert, only to find it evading both and heading through the area. In the closing stages, there was a second loud penalty appeal as Andy Butler and Dan Burn got involved in a spot of wrestling inside the box, with Burn hitting the deck. The only possibility of referee Robinson's thought process would have to be that he couldn't make up his mind who had fouled who, and so decided to do nothing. But in a game of zero bookings, despite numerous questionable tackles, doing nothing appeared to be his tactic of the day.
Walsall had a couple of second half chances around a period in which Marek Stech appeared to be suffering after a couple of body blows from corners. Two half punches threatened to provoke a loose ball that the Saddlers might punch home, but the nearest they came was when their top scorer Will Grigg forced Stech to tip the ball over the bar. That was as close as he got all afternoon, and was subbed shortly afterwards, with a pre-match hamstring problem never quite seeing him put in the sort of performances that have got him eight goals in his last five outings. Then Ed Upson put a free kick over the bar in the 89th minute before four minutes of fairly uneventful injury time passed, leaving both sides pretty much as you were at the start of the day. A frustrating experience, and whilst not a disaster by any stretch of the imagination, still leaves the Glovers struggling to work their way back into the League One play-off slots. Seventh they remain, and one point outside they remain, but with one less game to turn over that gap.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 0.
Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Marek Stech
2. Luke Ayling 5. Byron Webster (Capt) 18. Daniel Burn 20. Joe Edwards
22. Kevin Dawson 8. Ed Upson 14. Sam Foley 29. Angelo Balanta
9. James Hayter 17. Paddy Madden
12. Gareth Stewart 4. Richard Hinds 10. Gavin Williams 16 Nathan Ralph 19. Ben Gordon 13. Vitalijs Maksimenko 26. Matthew Dolan (63 mins for Sam Foley)
28. Sam Johnstone
25. James Chambers 22. Paul Downing 4. Andy Butler 26. Andy Taylor
7. Adam Chambers 27. Sam Mantom
10. Jamie Paterson 29. Craig Westcarr 12. Febian Brandy
9. Will Grigg
5. Dean Holden 6. Nicky Featherstone 11. Ashley Hemmings (78 mins for Will Grigg) 14. Ben Purkiss 24. James Baxendale 31. Liam Roberts 33. Romaine Fawyers (87 mins for Craig Westcarr)
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Walsall Bookings: None.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.
Walsall Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.
Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Lee Swabey (Devon). Fourth Official: Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare).
Attendance: 5,594 (including 575 Walsall supporters).