Arron Davies was forced to block the ball on his own goal-line early in the second half as he stood his ground on the right-hand post
from a Dons corner, with Paul Mitchell the player to have his close-range attempt thwarted. At the other end, David Poole continued to torment the
home side's defence after he evaded a push in the back to continue a left-wing run, forcing a corner when a defender blocked his narrow-angled
shot just inside the box. An hour into the game and again Poole was the main creator of Yeovil's attacking play when he forced keeper Matt
Baker to beat out the ball from a fierce drive on the edge of the box. Next Phil Jevons forced Baker to palm the ball over his own crossbar
after he surprised the former Hereford man with a lobbed curling effort on the edge of the box.
Yet the Glovers never really kept up the movement off the ball that they'd managed during the first period. When they ran at the home defence,
they created gaps for other players to run onto, and perhaps their main downfall during the second period was that too many players were too
static, and players like Poole were becoming the exception rather than the rule.
The home side had introduced Izale McLeod to the game ten minutes into the second half and he gave a warning sign when a Yeovil corner was cleared
up field, and the pacey player, whose big money move to Wolves broke down this week, raced up field with the Yeovil defence stretched. Thankfully
by now, the rain was coming down persistently across the ground, and the grease on the turf up-ended the striker and he ended up looking
rather sheepish as the ball tamely dribbled into Steve Collis's arms.
Perhaps with 18 minutes left of the match came the turning point. Matt Harrold's flick-on was perfect for Phil Jevons to run onto as he got
in behind the Dons defence but he couldn't keep his shot down and Danny Wilson's side had a great let-off. That was the moment he chose to
throw his last two dice as he introduced Nick McKoy and Malvin Kamara as his last two substitutions.
Kamara was to have an instant impact. Paul Terry gave possession away after a Yeovil corner had been only half cleared, and Izale McLeod produced
an excellent crossfield ball to his fellow substitute. Kamara managed to get down the entire right wing without a single tackle threatening his stride
and his high lofted cross to the back post saw Steve Collis wrong-footed, leaving Izale McLEOD with the chance to finish what he started
with a simple header into an empty net.
The uplifted home crowd sensed the possibility of a victory having spent most of the game achieving very little, and McLeod almost did the
improbable by being released by a ball down the middle, but his curling shot just about cleared the crossbar with Collis well beaten.
Steve Thompson made his own double-substitution with Kevin Gall and Andy Lindegaard replacing Phil Jevons and Arron Davies in an attempt to seize
control back of the game, and in the main the Glovers did just that, although without actually grabbing the winner.
Both substitutes created the best efforts. Kevin Gall saw a near post attempt to scramble the ball home thwarted by a defender's block, with
the ball eventually ricocheting off for a corner. Then Andy Lindegaard's perfect back post cross curled over the head of keeper Matt Baker in the
final minute, rebounding off the crossbar and to safety for what would have been a freak winning goal.
But in the end, the Dons secured their
eighth home draw of the season - a result that will do them little good in their efforts to avoid relegation. For the Glovers, an away draw should
never be sniffed at but there will have been disappointment that they couldn't capitalise on their first half performance. As for the game
itself, it was a curates egg of a match. Three strikes of the woodwork, two balls cleared off the line, two well-created goals and nearly a last
minute winner sounds more exciting than it actually was. But particularly in the second half, there were moments when the ball seemed to be
involved in a game of ping-pong between the two sides, and in the ever deteriorating weather conditions, the whole thing seemed at times rather
messy. In the bleak surroundings of the National Hockey Stadium and the concrete expanse of Milton Keynes, this will not be the sort of
day out that Glovers fans will be describing as a classic day out in the years to come. At least with a new stadium on the way, even if the Dons
stay up, the experience should not have to be repeated this time next year. Let's hope not anyway!
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 5.6 / 10
26 votes received.
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