The two teams were very different, Yeovil fielding a relatively young
side with Paul Terry, Lee Elam and hopefully Andy Bishop really being
the only first team players to start, although Lindy, Gosling and
Stansfield all regular visitors of the bench. Whereas Plymouth fielded 7 known
first team players. Much of the game was very forgettable, due to a
lack of fluent passing and decent amounts of possession by either team,
although it is fair to say Plymouth played the better passing game.
Plymouth were the stronger side in the first half, their first real
chance came after Yeovil had been presurising in the first few minutes,
and the ball was knocked on to Ryan DICKSON just inside the area where
he was not picked up by any defenders, he had time to turn on the ball
and slot it cooly under Collis's left hand side (6 mins). The game was
pretty scrappy from then on in for long periods with Steven Reed being
the main man who stood out in the Yeovil defence.
Stansfield missed a golden opportunity to equalise around the quarter of
an hour mark when he hassled a Plymouth defender until he came away
with the ball. Stansfield ran towards the 18 yard box with no one to beat but the
goalie, but seemed to slow down before he took the shot which gave the
defence just enough time to get back and put a decent challenge in. It
seemed to be just a lack of confidence from Stano.
Although Bishop was only on for 30 mins he did not do anything to
contribute to the game greatly. Plymouth had 2 great opportunities and
Yeovil only had the crossbar to thank. On 30 mins Collis was said to have
held on to the ball too long in the area and gave a free kick to Plymouth
on the edge of the area, with which Lee hodges stepped up and almost
broke the crossbar in two with his attempt at goal. A minute later Wayne
O'Sullivan picked up the ball on the half way line and from 30 yards
out on the right hand side of the pitch thought he would have a go at
goal, and clipped the crossbar. Shortly after that Bishop limped off to be
replaced by Gall (33 mins).
Having only been on the pitch a few minutes Kevin GALL made his presence
felt when he ran to the back post to hit the equaliser from a Dale