Match Details: 22/09/2018
Yeovil Town 0-3 Swindon Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Line-Up: 3. Carl Dickinson, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Omar Sowunmi, 9. Alex Fisher, 11. Jordan Green, 12. Nathan Baxter, 14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 29. Enes Mahmutovic
Subs: 7. Rhys Browne, 10. Jake Gray, 15. Gabriel Rogers, 23. Tom James, 24. Olufela Olomola, 25. Steve Phillips, 27. Shaun Donnellan,
Substitutes Used: Olufela Olomola for Diallang Jaiyesimi (56 mins), Rhys Browne for Alex Fisher (68 mins), Jake Gray for Yoann Arquin (81 mins)
Bookings: Alex Pattison (Foul, 4), Bevis Mugabi (Foul, 18), Omar Sowunmi (Foul, 67)
Three second half goals condemned Yeovil Town to their first home defeat of the 2018-19 season. The Glovers struggled to create attacking chances, and couldn't recover from the moment that Steven Alzate gave Swindon Town the lead on the hour mark when his 25 yard low drive landed in the corner of the net. Another long range free kick from Matthew Taylor doubled Swindon's lead, with the game being wrapped up a minute from time via an Elijah Adebayo goal. The Glovers had an opportunity to get back into the match whilst two goals down, but Olufela Olomola's penalty after Jordan Green was fouled went over the crossbar, resulting in a 0-3 defeat that pushes them down to 10th in the League Two table.
The Glovers went into the match making one change to their line-up, with Middlesbrough loanee Enes Mahmutovic coming in for Gary Warren, who came off during the second half of last weekend's match at Newport County with a hamstring problem. The only other change saw Tom James come onto the substitutes bench after his hip flexor injury cleared up. Omari Patrick dropped out of the squad as the club's sixth loanee. In the opposition line-up, former loanee Sid Nelson came up against his old teammates.
Swindon started off as the brighter team, with Ollie Lancashire running out of room from a corner and firing wide of the target. Yeovil picked up early bookings for Alex Pattison and Bevis Mugabi, as the pair had to foul their markers to keep themselves in the game. Many of Yeovil's problems were self-made, with Diallang Jaiyesimi losing possession inside his own half which led to Elijah Adebayo heading a cross over the bar. Then Keshi Anderson looped a shot onto the roof of the Glovers net.
Yeovil managed a couple of attempts midway through the half, as Diallang Jaiyesimi's strong run stretched the Swindon defence, with his pass to Yoann Arquin being put into the path of Alex Pattison, but his shot went well wide of the goalframe. Then an Alex Fisher header landed tamely in the arms of Luke McCormick, before a much better drive from Jordan Green tested the keeper - unfortunately the shot was straight into his middrift as the score stayed level.
The flow of the match wasn't helped by Omar Sowunmi needing lengthy treatment half an hour into the match. He was deemed fit enough to continue but the remainder of the half saw both sides struggle to create chances, with the exception of a Jordan Green effort three minutes into injury time who shot wide of the target to keep the sides level at the break.
The pattern of the game didn't change too much when the teams emerged for the second period, not helped by Sid Nelson needing lengthy treatment after he collided with Alex Pattison, bravely making a blocking tackle, but coming off the worst. Nathan Baxter had to turn a curling Keshi Anderson shot over the bar from distance - Pattison's attempt to do the same was less accurate and dangerous as it went out of the ground despite being at the home end.
Just before the hour mark, Swindon opened the scoring, breaking a run of 573 minutes the club had gone in League Two matches without conceding a goal. Steven Alzate was the man to break it, as he worked his way past Omar Sowunmi, ultimately firing home a low 25 yard drive that skidded off the surface and into the corner of the net. 0-1 down.
Yeovil tried attacking reshuffles to try to spark things. Olufela Olomola was introduced just before the goal, with Diallang Jaiyesimi making way. After Swindon had scored there was another change, with Rhys Browne replacing Alex Fisher, with Jordan Green going up front with Olomola, as Browne took the wide spot. But it didn't really change the game pattern, with Swindon almost doubling their lead as Keshi Anderson burst through on goal, helped by an Omar Sowunmi slip on the turf. Fortunately Nathan Baxter stood his ground well and blocked the shot.
Just as the game hit the final ten minutes, Swindon doubled their lead. Jermaine McGlashan was fouled by Omar Sowunmi around 30 yards out, giving Matthew Taylor a sight on goal. He curled a low shot around the blind side of the wall, with the ball landing in the corner of the net and giving Swindon a 0-2 lead, leaving a question of whether the wall had been lined up correctly.
Yeovil had a lifeline with seven minutes remaining when Keshi Anderson pushed Jordan Green inside the box, leaving referee Matthew Donohue in no doubt as he pointed to the spot. Up stepped Olufela Olomola, but his spot kick skimmed the top of the crossbar and went into the home terrace, thus meaning Swindon kept their two goal advantage.
Swindon got a third and final goal in the penultimate minute when Elijah Adebayo got room just inside the box. He fired the ball into the bottom right hand corner for a 0-3 scoreline, meaning the six minutes worth of injury time were largely irrelevant on a day in which the Glovers didn't really find their spark, and gave the ball away far too often in their own half. They finish the day in 10th place, although still only a point outside the play-offs.
Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 3.
Scorers: Steven Alzate (0-1, 59 mins), Matthew Taylor (0-2, 79 mins), Elijah Adebayo (0-3, 89 mins)
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi, 29. Enes Mahmutovic, 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 9. Alex Fisher
25. Steve Phillips, 7. Rhys Browne (68 mins for Alex Fisher), 10. Jake Gray (81 mins for Yoann Arquin), 15. Gabriel Rogers, 23. Tom James, 24. Olufela Olomola (56 mins for Diallang Jaiyesimi), 27. Shaun Donnellan
23 Luke McCormick
32 Luke Woolfenden 5 Sid Nelson 6 Oliver Lancashire 31 Matthew Taylor
8 James Dunne 20 Toumani Diagouraga 11 Steven Alzate
10 Keshi Anderson 9 Marc Richards 17 Elijah Adebayo
1 Lawrence Vigouroux 4 Jak McCourt (84 mins for Steven Alzate) 7 Jermaine McGlashan (72 mins for Marc Richards) 14 Ellis Iandolo 16 Martin Smith (87 mins for James Dunne) 24 Scott Twine 25 Joe Romanski
Yeovil Bookings: Alex Pattison (foul, 4 mins), Bevis Mugabi (foul, 18 mins), Omar Sowunmi (foul, 67 mins)
Swindon Town Bookings: Elijah Adebayo (excessive celebration, 90 mins)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.
Swindon Town Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.
Referee: Matthew Donohue (Manchester). Assistants: Ben Cobb (Dorset) and Ronald Ganfield (Somerset). Fourth Official: Savvas Yianni (Somerset).
Attendance: 4,201 (with 871 Swindon Town supporters).