Match Details: 23/09/2017
Yeovil Town 1-1 Port Vale
EFL League Two
Yeovil Goals: Otis Khan (66)
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Daniel Alfei, 3. Nathan Smith, 7. Otis Khan, 8. Connor Smith, 10. Jake Gray, 11. Ryan Dickson, 13. Francois Zoko, 16. James Bailey, 24. Olufela Olomola, 25. Sid Nelson,
Subs: 4. Matt Worthington, 6. Keston Davies, 9. Rhys Browne, 12. Jonny Maddison, 14. Sam Surridge, 15. Jordan Green, 30. Alefe Santos
Substitutes Used: Matt Worthington for Daniel Alfei (10 mins), Sam Surridge for Olufela Olomola (73 mins), Jordan Green for Jake Gray (84 mins)
Bookings: Connor Smith (Foul, 27), Francois Zoko (Dissent, 43), James Bailey (Foul, 72), Otis Khan (Ungentlemanly Conduct, 82), Ryan Dickson (Foul, 90)
Yeovil Town drew their third consecutive home match this afternoon, as they came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw with managerless Port Vale. The Valiants had not won since the opening day of the season, and thought that record was going to be broken when Tom Pope headed home a looping cross on the half hour mark, in a game the away side were looking comfortable. Yeovil improved slightly after the break, and got their equaliser when Otis Khan took advantage of a goalkeeping error after Jake Gray's cross caused Kelle Roos problems. Vale were put onto the back foot when James Gibbons was dismissed for two quick yellow cards in a booking-heavy game, but Yeovil couldn't take advantage of the extra man.
Yeovil went into the game making four changes to their starting line-up. Two of those were enforced as defenders Bevis Mugabi and Tom James picked up training ground injuries on Friday that ruled them out of the match. That meant that Daniel Alfei got a surprise recall at right-back, and Otis Khan came in on the left flank. Connor Smith was added to the midfield, with Alefe Santos dropping out, whilst Olufela Olomola's return from a leg injury meant that he got the nod over Sam Surridge. In the opposition line-up, Ben Whitfield was on the Port Vale bench, but ended up just being a spectator.
An early start with few chances was not helped by Dan Alfei's role in the game lasting only eight minutes. He went down close to the touchline and needed treatment for what looked to be a knee injury, with him being immediately substituted as Matt Worthington ended up playing almost a full game at right-back. The visitors were on top as David Worrall missed from six yards out after James Gibbons threaded the ball inside the box, with Yeovil's defence having completely lost the runs of both players.
Another warning sign came when Tom Pope headed over the crossbar from a David Worrall cross. But by 28 minutes into the match, the Yeovil defence failed to pick out Pope a second time and were punished for it. Tyler Denton's cross into the box was a looping one that tempted Artur Krysiak into going got it, and Pope was the winner as he headed home with Krysiak overcommitted and the markers having lost the target man. 0-1 down.
Yeovil created little during the first half. James Bailey did have the ball in the back of the net, but long after the whistle had blown for a foul. Otherwise, two wayward shots by Otis Khan and Matt Worthington were their only efforts up until the break. The visitors had another Tom Pope header go towards goal, but fortunately Krysiak was well placed to ensure there was only one goal between the two side at half time.
The Glovers took a while to get going in the second half, as more wayward shooting from Otis Khan and Jake Gray cleared the crossbar comfortably, but eventually they did settle into better play than they'd showed during the first period. That was relative though, given that David Worrall could have doubled Vale's lead when he screwed a shot wide of the far post on the hour mark after Yeovil's nervous midfield had lost possession inside their own half.
It took 63 minutes for the Glovers to manage their first shot on target, as Olufela Olomola turned and shot inside the box, after Francois Zoko had set him up. Three minutes later, and an unexpected leveller arrived - once again there was the question of whether the goalkeeper was at fault as Vale keeper Kelle Roos appeared to drop a Jake Gray cross into the box. First to react was Otis Khan and he stabbed home his fourth goal of the season from close range for a 1-1 scoreline.
With ten minutes to go of a frustrating second period, Yeovil appeared to have a chance of all three points when James Gibbons picked up two quick bookings. His second involved a tangle with Otis Khan off the ball that resulted in both players being booked, but with Gibbons having already fouled five minutes previously he was off the pitch. That should have led to Yeovil putting Port Vale on the back foot for the final ten minutes, but it didn't really happen - only a Matt Worthington long ranger, and a series of four injury time corners put pressure on the visitors goal, who were by now putting men behind the ball firmly to ensure they kept their point. With half-time and full-time dissent from the home support, and three consecutive draws at Huish Park, Yeovil Town may be preserving their unbeaten record on home turf, but the overall performance didn't satisfy many in the ground.
Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Port Vale 1.
Scorers: Tom Pope (29 mins, 0-1), Otis Khan (66 mins, 1-1)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Daniel Alfei 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 24. Olufela Olomola
12. Jonny Maddison 4. Matt Worthington (10 mins for Daniel Alfei) 6. Keston Davies 9. Rhys Browne 14. Sam Surridge (73 mins for Olufela Olomola) 15. Jordan Green (84 mins for Jake Gray) 30. Alefe Santos
36 Kelle Roos
4 Tom Anderson 6 Antony Kay 24 Nathan Smith
21 James Gibbons 10 David Worrall 32 Michael Tonge 28 Anthony de Freitas 3 Tyler Denton
9 Tom Pope 19 Dan Turner
2 Lawrie Wilson (60 mins for Tyler Denton) 12 Sam Hornby 14 Tyrone Barnett 22 Rekeil Pyke (65 mins for Dan Turner) 31 Ben Whitfield 33 Gavin Gunning 35 Harry Middleton (88 mins for Tom Pope)
Yeovil Bookings: Connor Smith (foul, 27 mins), Francois Zoko (dissent, 43 mins), James Bailey (foul, 72 mins), Otis Khan (retaliation, 82 mins), Ryan Dickson (foul, 90 mins)
Port Vale Bookings: James Gibbons (foul, 74 mins), Antony Kay (foul, 90 mins). Red Card: James Gibbons (second bookable offence, 82 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 14; Fouls: 11.
Port Vale Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 0; Fouls: 9.
Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire). Assistants: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Simon Shaw (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Mark Pottage (Dorset).
Attendance: 2,614 (with 208 Port Vale supporters).