Match Details: 21/08/2018
Yeovil Town 0-0 Oldham Athletic
EFL League Two
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Carl Dickinson, 4. Gary Warren, 6. Omar Sowunmi, 9. Alex Fisher, 12. Nathan Baxter, 14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 21. Wes McDonald, 23. Tom James,
Subs: 5. Bevis Mugabi, 10. Jake Gray, 11. Jordan Green, 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry, 25. Steve Phillips, 30. Alefe Santos
Substitutes Used: Jordan Green for Wes McDonald (62 mins), Jake Gray for Sessi D'Almeida (74 mins)
Yeovil Town ground out a goalless draw with Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night at Huish Park, in a match of very few chances. The game took a while to open up, and it was only during the second period that the key chances in the game materialised. Latics midfielder Dan Gardner had the best one as he struck the inside of the post early in the second half, whilst Omar Sowunmi's header from a set piece later in that half went wide of the post, as the game fizzled out into a 0-0 draw.
The Glovers opened the match by naming the exact same starting line-up that had been present against Notts County last Friday - no surprises there! The one change was on the bench as Jordan Green completed his three match suspension, and displaced Tyrique Spencer-Clarke. In the opposition side Ishmael Miller returned to his old club, but Sam Surridge missed out due to fitness problems he's had so far this season.
Although Yeovil started off playing the ball around very well, and controlling the territory and the possession, their problem was that they couldn't really get any clear-cut chances to get potential reward from that play. In fact with the exception of a Tom James free kick that struck the defensive wall, and Diallang Jaiyesimi's shot that was blocked by a defender, it took 27 minutes before either side got anywhere near a proper shot. Dan Gardner's long range shot was well wide, but stood as the first shot to get as far as the byline.
That was the signal for the game to open up a bit more than it had one, with a Carl Dickinson free kick being met by the head of Omar Sowunmi, but the ball was palmed away for a corner. From that set piece, Sessi D'Almeida struck the ball over the crossbar. Then came Diallang Jaiyesimi's best effort of the half as he made his way in from the flank before firing an angled shot into the side netting, with a few gasps from the crowd suggesting some thought the net ripple was around the other side.
The other side show of the opening period was the situation regarding former Glovers striker Ishmael Miller. He'd already been booked for a high foot earlier in the half, and when he left his foot in on Gary Warren in the final minute of the first half, both he and the Latics captain were given lengthy commentaries from match referee John Busby about what might happen on his next foul. No surprise then that the half time break saw Jose Baxter come on as a half time sub to protect Miller.
The introduction of Baxter seemed to benefit the balance of Oldham's attacking play, and they came ultra-close with the best chance of the match on 49 minutes when quick interchange of play involving Baxter saw Dan Gardner released and he fired a shot off the inside of the post that came back across the goal, but stayed on the correct side of the line.
Yeovil couldn't really get their creative side going during the second half, in open pay. Wes McDonald was replaced by Jordan Green to provide a spark, but it didn't change things significantly. Sessi D'Almeida fired an effort from outside the box over the crossbar, but also needed replacing due to a foot injury he'd picked up earlier in the half. Yeovil's key chance of the game came again from a Carl Dickinson free kick, and an Omar Sowunmi header. It should have been on target, but instead flew just wide of the post.
The game ended with defences firmly on top, and a slightly tetchy atmosphere as referee John Busy failed to deal with a few niggles between players, and decisions not given. But from a footballing perspective, neither side looked likely to win, and that was how it ended - the Glovers drop one place to 12th in the early League Two table - two off the play-offs and four off relegation, as things gradually take shape across the division.
Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Oldham Athletic 0.
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 4. Gary Warren, 3. Carl Dickinson
21. Wes McDonald, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 9. Alex Fisher
25. Steve Phillips, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 10. Jake Gray (74 mins for Sessi D'Almeida), 11. Jordan Green (62 mins for Wes McDonald), 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry, 30. Alefe Santos
1 Daniel Iversen
23 Rob Hunt 26 Peter Clarke 4 George Edmundson 3 Andy Taylor
22 Johan Branger 6 Dan Gardner 17 Christopher Missilou 27 Gevaro Nepomuceno
10 Chris O'Grady 11 Ishmael Miller
8 Jose Baxter (46 mins for Ishmael Miller) 13 Zeus de la Paz 14 Jonathan Benteke 18 Sam Graham 19 Callum Lang (65 mins for Gevaro Nepomuceno) 28 Mohammed Maouche 34 Thomas Haymer
Yeovil Bookings: None
Oldham Athletic Bookings: Ishmael Miller (foul, 11 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.
Oldham Athletic Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.
Referee: John Busby (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Ben Cobb (Dorset) and Paul Lister (Devon). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).
Attendance: 2,904 (with 262 Oldham Athletic supporters).