Over the half time period Yeovil’s 1500 fans were left to debate and try and guess what changes the manager would ring at half time, Stolcers great going forward looked uncomfortable when forced to defend, Roy O’Brien looked rusty, and the forward line, Jevons in particular looked uninspired. Surprising then as the teams entered the fray it was “as you were”…maybe with Yeovil’s pace and recent notable comebacks a proverbial rocket from the gaffer would do the trick.
Instantly the home side conceded a corner which Yeovil wasted, Gall who looked more threatening down the right then crossed well but Guyett couldn’t direct his header goalbound. But then, on 57 minutes came the killer blow when again hesitancy in the midfield, Paul Terry the culprit, gave Craig DAVIES an opportunity to run the length of the Yeovil right hand side before drawing the Yeovil keeper and picking his spot superbly, whipping the ball left footed between Weale and the upright.
The changes now came, Aaron Davies replaced Roy O’Brien. Andy Lindegaard dropped to left back and Terry to right back, but within minutes disaster almost struck when down Yeovil’s left another dangerous low cross was rifled into the box but Barry Quinn could not connect and the town were reprieved. Reprieved and awoken, Yeovil gradually began to wrestle the game back from Oxford. Davies’s pace and his linking with Gall began to unsettle the home defence. Jevons’ last contribution was a blocked shot before he was replaced by Caceres. Gall again teased the opposition and he was dumped to the ground again by Corbo who this time was booked. From the free kick on the right Stolcers cross was flicked just wide by Tarachulski's head. Yeovil were now stretching Oxford, whose best chances were being restricted to the space the Glovers were leaving as they piled forward.
Caceres was booked for dissent after gesticulating to the linesman he should wear glasses…he had a point. The assistant referee apparently did not see the blatant elbow to his head which was right in front of him. Gall then had a deflected shot, and then Darren Way tried his luck, this too was deflected and from the teasing outswinging corner on 81 minutes , Scott GUYETT met the ball with aplomb and his downward header thundered over the line to give Yeovil a fighting chance.
As the Town pressured, Skiverton seemed to mop up everything at the back, his timing, distribution, and control was immaculate, and Mooney could have run riot if it wasn’t for the skippers influence over him. The only blot on his copybook was an unfortunate booking at the end when three balls hung in the air…waist height.. and Skivo opted to tackle the wrong ones!
So with the 4 minutes of injury time made up mainly from timewasting, for once Yeovil could not force an equaliser and they suffered a defeat. Is it the curse of the cup again?? No, The Glovers faced a rejuvenated Oxford side who will climb the table, 8 or 9 players were not firing on all four cylinders, and the midfield maestro Lee Johnson was not their to orchestrate and pull his usual strings. Johnson has been absent for only a few games for Yeovil and on today’s evidence his influence was greatly missed…remember that when someone says he only plays because he’s the manager’s son!
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Overall match rating: 4.6 / 10
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