Match Details: 29/12/2018
Tranmere Rovers 0-0 Yeovil Town
EFL League Two
Yeovil Line-Up: 1. Stuart Nelson, 2. Adel Gafaiti, 3. Carl Dickinson, 4. Gary Warren, 9. Alex Fisher, 11. Jordan Green, 13. Francois Zoko, 18. Yoann Arquin, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 23. Tom James, 30. Alefe Santos
Subs: 5. Bevis Mugabi, 7. Rhys Browne, 10. Jake Gray, 12. Nathan Baxter, 24. Olufela Olomola, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 28. Devon Arnold,
Substitutes Used: Olufela Olomola for Francois Zoko (83 mins)
Bookings: Carl Dickinson (Foul, 38)
Yeovil Town completed 2018 with another draw, as a 0-0 against Tranmere Rovers saw the club come home with a point from Prenton Park. Both sides struggled to make the breakthrough, with a glut of attempts going wide during the afternoon, but there were enough to have claimed victory. Jordan Green and Yoann Arquin had strong opportunities to put Yeovil ahead, whilst James Norwood forced Stuart Nelson into several saves spread across the 90 minutes. But the game stayed goalless leaving Yeovil in 21st place at the end of 2018, and although a point away from home is welcome, it extends their run without a League Two win to eight matches.
The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up. Following his contract extension, Yoann Arquin got his place back in the starting line-up with Rhys Browne displacing him in the side. Otherwise it was the same eighteen players that had featured in all of the Christmas fixtures so far, with Enes Mahmoutovic and Omari Patrick two significant loanees to once again play no part in the match. In the Tramere line-up, former Glovers loanee Zoumana Bakayogo sat on the bench.
The game opened with Tranmere's top scorer getting a bit too much space to try his luck on goal. James Norwood shot wide from the edge of the box, before a mistake by Gary Warren saw the same striker get room to get in again. His shot was saved by Stuart Nelson but gathered at the second attempt. At the other end, Jordan Green used his pace to get in behind Tranmere's defence, breaking clear but finding Scott Davies in the way of his shot on goal.
This was an open and even half of football, with both teams happy to have a dig on goal - Connor Jennings attempted a 35 yard lobbed shot that Stuart Nelson was easily equal to, although the keeper had to be far more alert to Cole Stockport's shot that he parried away from goal. There was then a nervous moment as James Norwood was fed by Jennings, with Nelson parrying well but a spell of goal area scrambling causing concern before Sessi D'Almeida finally sprinted away with the ball.
Another uncharacteristic error by Gary Warren as he misjudged an aerial ball saw James Norwood break behind the Glovers defence again, but the striker dragged his shot wide of the post. It wasn't just Yeovil making errors though - Connor Jennings also gave away the ball inside his own half, allowing Jordan Green the ability to break down the flank. He squared for Yoann Arquin who was inside the box, and that really should have been Yeovil going ahead. But Arquin's shot lacked power, with Scott Davies easily saving his close range effort. As such, both sides had to go in level, when they both had good chances to score.
The second half opened with Adel Gafaiti having to clear off his goalline, after Stuart Nelson dropped a cross inside his own area. Cole Stockton got the loose ball and aimed towards goal, but the Glovers defender got in the way of the shot to keep the scores level. At the other end, Yeovil were lively, but struggled to get shots on target, with all of Tom James, Carl Dickinson and Jordan Green firing wide or over the goalframe.
James Norwood once again was the dangerman for Tranmere as he flicked a header from a free kick, only to find Stuart Nelson palming the ball around the post for a corner. The home side tried a couple of substitutions and formation changes during the second period to try to unlock the Glovers defence, but the longer the game went on, the more likely it seemed that neither side was going to make the breakthrough.
Alex Fisher put a header at Scott Davies from a Yoann Arquin cross, and the same striker saw another great chance saved, after Francois Zoko put in a strong run that saw him slip past two defenders. But that was as close as they got, with Tranmere also fizzling out a bit, even if James Norwood's header in injury time from a Jake Caprice cross could have sneaked a winner, as the hand of Stuart Nelson denied him again. But a 0-0 draw was a fair scoreline, replicating the similar scoreline at Huish Park earlier in the season. It leaves Yeovil still in 21st place, and whilst a draw against a top half side is no bad thing, it means Yeovil end the year without a win in eight matches, and with only one win in their last sixteen games.
Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.
Final Score: Tranmere Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 0.
1 Scott Davies
3 Liam Ridehalgh 4 Ritchie Sutton 5 Steve McNulty 16 Mark Ellis 14 Jake Caprice
11 Connor Jennings 12 Luke McCullough 8 Jay Harris
20 Cole Stockton 10 James Norwood
2 Adam Buxton 9 Paul Mullin (70 mins for Ritchie Sutton) 18 Jon Smith (60 mins for Cole Stockton) 22 Harvey Gilmour 23 Shamal George 24 Zoumana Bakayogo 29 Larnell Cole
1. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 24. Olufela Olomola (83 mins for Francois Zoko) 27. Shaun Donnellan 28. Devon Arnold
Tranmere Rovers Bookings: Liam Ridehalgh (foul, 34 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Carl Dickinson (foul, 38 mins)
Tranmere Rovers Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 1; Fouls: 17.
Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistants: Natalie Aspinall (Lancashire) and Ollie Williams (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Nik Barnard (Cheshire).
Attendance: 5,782 (with 109 Yeovil Town supporters)