Ben May was replaced by Chris Zebrowski early in the second half after the goalscorer was injured early in the second period, going down for lengthy treatment, briefly continuing but ultmimately having to limp off the field of play permanently.
Although the Glovers were pressing a little better in the second period, there was still little change to their ability to really threaten the Millwall goal, struggling to create clearcut chances for the strikers to seize upon. The best chance - and in fact almost the first chance - of the second period came when Marcus Stewart evaded the Millwall back line 18 minutes into the half, finding Leon Best in the centre but he couldn't keep his header down and it looped over the bar.
With little happening in the main though, Russell Slade made his first change of the day when Arron Davies was replaced by Martin Brittain, 20 minutes into the half and with little having happened, save for Millwall keeping a rigid back line, and the Glovers huffing and puffing - switching a few nice passes around the field before either one loose one went astray, or a poor cross proved meat and drink for the Millwall central defenders.
Midway through the second period though, Steve Mildenhall made a fantastic double-save from a Millwall free kick, firstly producing a block from a Marvin Elliott attempt after the ball was put into the box, and then when the ball ran loose, he bravely recovered into the mass of bodies and flung himself on the ball to protect his goal and stop Yeovil falling even further behind.
It didn't appear that Russell Slade was particularly impressed at what was going on out there, as he made a second change with 15 minutes remaining, with Marcus Stewart being replaced by Lee Morris as yet more fresh legs up front were introduced in an effort to unpick a Lions back line that in all honesty looked very comfortable with what they had to do.
Leon Best put a shot into the arms of the Millwall keeper from the edge of the box - not the greatest of attempts but at least it was on target which was more than could be said for what most other Glovers achieved during the afternoon. There wasn't an awful lot that keeper Lenny Pidgeley had to do all afternoon and that is never a good sign when trying to judge whether a team is going to get back into the game. Whilst Millwall were able to keep the Glovers at bay, it was pretty obvious which way this one was going.
Peter Sweeney had long since faded from the match during the second half and so it was perhaps a slight surprise when Andy Lindegaard went off for Wayne Gray as Russell Slade maximised his attacking options, changing to a 3-4-3 in the final minutes. Jean-Paul Kalala booked for a foul on Marvin Elliott that showed a degree of frustration at the fact that the minutes were ticking down.
Six minutes of injury time were awarded with the series of substitutions as well as three Millwall players being booked for timewasting or encroachment no doubt being in the referee's mind when he totted up what needed to be allowed for in the closing minutes. As if spurred on by the unexpected extra time, Yeovil did provide some kind of a mini-surge right at the death. Steve Mildenhall came up for a corner, even managing to get a head onto the ball as the Glovers finally put the Millwall penalty box under some kind of a siege but the Lions bodies were enough to get in the way of the ball. Scott Guyett looped a header over the bar from another free kick, but it wasn't really enough, with Pidgeley never really forced to work for his money prior to the final whistle.
Stifled out of the game, and lacking the invention to unlock the Millwall back line, Yeovil never really deserved a lot out of this game. Millwall had a fairly ugly gameplan but it was one that worked, and one that bore an uncanny resemblance to that adopted by Cheltenham late last year. Certainly Russell Slade needs to work on how his team approach the problem of the crowded penalty box in future weeks as the clubs at the wrong end of the table are proving far more problematic than their table position would expect them to be. The only saving grace is that a day of shock results sees Yeovil's 5th placed position and four point cushion undamaged, although that in turn shows what could have been if a better performance had been served up today.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 3.5 / 10
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