Seconds into the second half and Yeovil won a corner, the ball swung in from the Yeovil left and like last week Scott Guyett’s header thundered goalwards but crashed down off the bar. This time Gary Johnson’s Johnny on the spot was Paul TERRY who bundled the ball over the line from almost 6 inches out. Chelsea might not be under much pressure at the top of the Premiership but the commanding Chelsea skipper must be feeling the heat as his brother is now breathing down his neck in terms of most goals scored in the family this season.
Jevons, again was denied by the keeper who by now was becoming a Ruddy pain to say the least. Yeovil should have been home and dry by now and they were fortunate to survive when a Chillingworth free header from a corner went just over, when it really should have hit the target. Lee Johnson and Darren Way worked an opening down the left but again Ruddy foiled the blond midfielder's shot. Kevin Gall who was struggling to make an impact was replaced by the influential Arron Davies, whose shot on 76 minutes was saved by you guessed it, this time though he spilled the ball and Tarachulski following up was also denied as the ball squirmed away for a corner.
Then trouble - down the left the ball was somehow lost and Shane TUDOR with pace slipped the ball around Chris Weale, who resisted the temptation to bring him down, and Tudor finished well to send the by now soaked Cambridge fans into raptures. A point at the leaders would surely do wonders for their relegation battle.
Yeovil’s strength this season has been turning draws and defeats in victories, last weeks rally was too late, and this week the omens were not good as inspirational keeping looked like it had got the better of the Glovers, so it was time as usual for an inspirational substitution. As Cambridge replaced their centre half so Yeovil replaced their centre forward, and within a minute of his introduction Yemi Odoube outpaced the defence as he latched on to Paul Terry’s long ball and nicked the ball beyond the huge frame of John Ruddy on the edge of the area, to be fair the ball was probably gone but Ruddy was committed and he sent Yemi crashing to the ground. A penalty was given, Ruddy was booked correctly but was quite rightly not sent off – which would have been harsh considering his performance.
Phil JEVONS placed the ball on the spot and tried to keep his nerve as the fussy referee checked all around to make sure that no big toe was in the box, before walking up to the goaline to have a chat to the keeper in almost a gamesmanship fashion that the away defence would have had trouble doing!! Jevons waited calmly before starting his run and slamming a great penalty into the back of the net…finally Ruddy was beaten and Jevons got the goal his game had deserved, and with 4 minutes left Yeovil had taken a 2-1 lead.
And that was how it stayed, one or two nervous moments passed as possession was lost but four minutes of injury time were survived and the Glovers were victorious. Not a great performance but at this stage of the season 3 points will do very nicely thank you, 3 more against Rochdale would be lovely, a nice day out in the East End would be good, and that will set us up nicely for a February that sees Bristol Rover's and Scunthorpe come to Huish... So do we want a cup run or shall we concentrate on the league….who cares…when you're sitting top of your respective league and have gone further in the FA Cup than Liverpool…Milk it while you can!
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Overall match rating: 6 / 10
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