|Yeovil Town 1 Forest Green Rovers 0
Foster (76, 1-0)
Attendance : 3,028
Wendy Toms (Poole)
M Cassidy (Weston - red trim)
T Jackson (Bristol - yellow trim)
Line-Up & Formation
David Piper (for Hayfield, 16)
Anthony Tonkin (not used)
Tony Pounder (not used)
Glen Poole (not used)
James Bent (not used)
Opposition Line-Up : |
Steve Perrin, Ian Hedges, Wayne Hatswell, David Norton, Billy Clark,
Chris Burns, Tony Daley, Jason Drysdale, Marc MacGregor, Dennis Bailey
Substitutes : Sykes (82, for Drysdale), Mehew (61, for Bailey), Thomas
(76, for Cook), Kilgour, Domm.
Bookings : |
Yeovil : Foster (26, unsporting behaviour)
FGR : Drysdale (12, foul), Cook (26, foul), MacGregor (77, dissent).
Red Card: Hatswell (89).
Team Selection :|
Warren Patmore and Ben Smith were missing through suspension, so
Matt Hayfield dropped back into midfield with Jason Eaton and Adrian Foster
taking the front two places. Murray Fishlock reverted to his familiar
wing-back position. Three reservists; James Bent, Glenn Poole and Anthony
Tonkin were on the bench.
First Half :
Filthy weather plus a heavy and saturated pitch meant that this was
never going to be a classic but Yeovil did more than enough to deserve
all 3 points and gain some measure of revenge for their Boxing Day thrashing
at the hands of their opponents today.
Forest Green started the game the stronger forcing Jamie Pitman and then
Dean Chandler into goal-line clearances after corners. The home side
endured a further setback when Matt Hayfield was substituted in the
16th minute following a foul challenge by Jason Drysdale, for which the
Rovers player was rightly booked, David Piper replacing the blond midfielder,
As the half wore on however The Glovers began to gradually assume some
level of control and were creating more and more chances, Eaton, Foster and
Fishlock all looking threatening in particular, without actually
troubling Steve Perrin in the visitors goal overmuch. Former Yeovil
midfielder David Norton achieved the impossible by making himself even
more unpopular than he already was with the home fans by by taking part
in a running feud with Yeovil youngster Jamie Pitman, but the half ended
with neither side managing to break the deadlock.
|Half Time : Yeovil Town 0 Forest Green Rovers 0
Second Half :
More of the same in the second half except for the rain becoming heavier, the
pitch becoming more saturated and your humble Ciderspace correspondent getting
even wetter than he was in the first half. Indeed so wet was it that my
notes on the second half consist of a shapeless mass of soaked paper, so
apologies for the lack of the usual detail in this report.
What I can say is that Yeovil played some good football in the second half
considering the conditions, on the whole attempting to keep the ball on the
floor. Jamie Pitman came close with a header from a corner just after the break,
and Adrian Foster hit the bar after a clever turn and shot from just outside
the Rovers area.
David Piper's deflected shot was well saved by Steve Perrin in the visitors goal
and Jason Eaton's effort was cleared off the line by a Forest Green defender
shortly afterwards. It was beginning to look as if Yeovil were going to be
frustrated by a solid defensive performance from the visitors when the
deserved breakthrough finally came in the 76th minute.
Murray Fishlock broke well down the left and found Adrian Foster in space
inside the visitors penalty box. FOSTER had time to pick his spot
past goalkeeper Perrin - just reward for a typically hard-working
performance after a long time out with injury. Forest Green huffed and puffed in
the time remaining but never really looked like threatening the Glovers
goal. Wayne Hatswell fell foul of the Woman In Black, Wendy Toms, just
before the end and was shown a straight red card - presumably for something
he said, though with Ms Toms officiating nothing is ever certain. 3 valuable
points for Yeovil in the end though - Boxing Day seems a long time ago now.
|Final Score : Yeovil Town 1 Forest Green Rovers 0
|Web Site Verdict : |
This was more like it! In difficult conditions Yeovil put together
a good performance today, always having just enough in hand against a
physically strong, but technically limited Forest Green side. Adrian
Foster made an excellent comeback after some time out with injury and
Jason Eaton had his most impressive game yet for the Glovers. It was my first
sight of the much-hyped Marc McGregor today - however Yeovil's back 3 coped
with him with relative ease and aside from a clever shot in the first half
which was cleared off the line, he looked fairly anonymous.
|Thommo's Verdict :
That was a deserved win. The first half was fairly even. They had the first
20 minutes, we had the second 20 minutes, but we totally dominated the whole
of the second half, and we deserved to win.
I don't know why they were unhappy with the referee. They didn't deserve
anything out of the game, although I'm not sure that I agree with the sending
off, as it was in the 89th minute. Maybe if it had happened in the 10th minute,
it might be different but the game was over by then. It didn't make any difference
to the result.
It's hard in football. You can get totally despondant after defeats and get
carried away too much after victories. Before the two games with Forest Green,
if you'd said to me that I was going to get three points then I wouldn't have
been happy. Four was what I would have settled for, although six was what I was
looking for. I can't change what happened out there at Forest Green, although
it did surprise me. I thought long and hard about it for two days, and I still
can't put my finger on why we played so badly there.
A few words were said after that game. You look for a response from the players,
and I got that response today, after the first 20 minutes where I think we had
been very edgy. It's hard not to let your confidence get affected by two results
like that, even if in my mind I would still say that the performance against
Hayes was not a bad one; it was just a terrible result for us. I thought today
was part of not letting confidence affect us, and I thought our confidence
grew particularly in the second half.
We are are always looking to strengthen the squad. We are still challenging on
three fronts for honours this year and it is important that we have a strong
squad. We've got some tough games coming up such as our home game against Stevenage,
and another tough one next week. I had confidence in the young lads who were
on the bench should I have needed to bring them on. It was just that everyone
was playing well, particularly in the second half, that there was no need for
me to take anyone off unless they got injured.
I've never known a league like it. To lose eight games at this stage of the
season and still be challenging is unparallelled. Normally, you're lucky if
you lose eight games all season and win a championship. But I think that one of
the six teams is bound to find a hell of a run of form. It could be that it
could go like this all the way, but I think that one team will find a run of form
for about two months that will take them into an unbelievably strong position.
If you look at Rushden, they will be saying now, how did we lose 5-1 at Yeovil.
Everyone is looking at results and saying how did they beat us, or how did we
beat them, and I've never known anything like it in the Conference.
Jamie did me proud today; I thought he was absolutely fantastic. I thought he worked hard for the ball and fought
well, and totally deserved his man of the match award.
I've certainly perked up over the last few days [following the birth of his child].
I've been very down after the
Hayes and Forest Green results, because it does affect you. You try not to let it
get to you. You try to say that you've got your life to live, but football is
a massive part of all our lives.
I'm glad we have started the year 2000 in such a good fashion after leaving
1999 in such poor fashion. I'd still like to say to the fans regarding the
performance at Forest Green, we haven't just disrespected it. We've thought
long and hard about it, and I still can't put my finger on it. There have been
other games that we've lost that I haven't been able to argue about, but that
game was a total non-performance.
|Man of the Match :
Jamie Pitman 46%
Adrian Foster 25%
Dave Piper 6%
Murray Fishlock 5.7%
Kevan Brown 4%
MATCH RATING - 7.2 (out of ten)
Forty nine votes received
More Match Photos :
Above : Adrian Foster (left) and Tony Pennock, with Dave Piper, Kevan Brown and Rob Cousins (right)