O no, Yeovil lose again!
The honeymoon period is well and truly over as a disjointed Yeovil lost to a rejuvenated leyton Orient side, who are the first team in football league history to do the double over the Glovers - if that makes you feel any better.
Granted, it was a poor performance by Yeovil, but it certainly did not warrant the chorus of boos that rang out around the ground at full and half time by a number of disgruntled “supporters”. Lets be realistic here, in the past 3 years we’ve had success in the trophy, seen promotion, gained entry into the football league, consolidated, in contention for a play off spot, a terrific cup run culminating with a well earned and money spinning tie at home to Liverpool FC, and then we lose a few games …. Wake up and smell the coffee as they say.
Honeymoons usually last a fortnight, and then its down to the hard bit …married life itself. That requires give and take, team work, dedication and often some tough decision making, when things go wrong you need to work at it and not give up, Gary Johnson, his green and white hoops and the supporters of this club have had a marriage made in heaven,a shame then that certain elements of the crowd were filing for divorce after a few tough weeks!
Its fair to say though that since that infamous draw came out the hat a few weeks before christmas, performances have been indifferent. The hullabaloo surrounding the Liverpool game and the press speculation after it, linking Johnson’s Jnr and Snr to positions in the premiership, Gall to Ipswich, and now the anticipation of Yeovil’s young prospect Chris Weale joining West Ham, surely must play on the minds, and however professional, it must in some way offer distraction to the day job?
Gary Johnson rang the changes on the pitch as well, following last weeks 2-0 defeat against the in-form but basement club Carlisle, Town welcomed back their instrumental playmaker Gavin Williams and defender Adam Lockwood, relegating Hugo Rodrigues and Jake Edwards to the bench. New signing Simon Weatherstone was Kevin Galls partner in crime, as Kirk Jackson was sent to Dagenham with a mission to recapture his goal scoring touch.
Leyton Orient attacked first and after only 3 minutes Justin Miller fired a low cross into the box which evaded all attackers when the slightest of touches would have diverted the ball goal bound. Yeovil’s first attempt came on 9 as Lee Elam shot into the keepers hands. Elam again tried his luck following Colin Pluck's cross from the left, but again his effort was easily taken by Glenn Morris in the O’s goal. On 19 minutes Chris Weale’s throw released Kevin Gall down the right and his typical run took him away from his opponent but his cross was wasted, to be fair, he had no one to cross too as seems to happen all to often. Two minutes later a great ball from Williams, who was playing down the left, released new man Weatherstone but his cross again found an empty box. Weatherstone again had a chance minutes later but his looping header from a right wing cross beat the keeper but also the crossbar.
Orient took the lead on 26 minutes with a fine goal. A free kick from the right by the impressive Gary Hunt was met with perfect precision by Mark PETERS who left Chris Weale with absolutely no chance. 3 minutes later they doubled their lead. Orient's secret weapon came from throw-ins rifled in from both flanks, and it worked on this occasion as Gary ALEXANDER met a ball in from the right with aplomb and volleyed home from the edge to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.
Yeovil continued to play neat attractive football in patches, but clever approach work got them nowhere near the danger area. The most likely source of a goal was coming from distance, but you need to make the keeper work, almost every shot seemed to find his midriff and not once in the first half did he dirty his knees!