Swansea had appeals for a penalty turned down early in the second half when Andy Robinson claimed to have been taken down inside the box by Martin Brittain, but referee Tony Bates waved the Welsh appeals away with perhaps the way that Robinson had fallen convincing the official he had no need to blow up.
Marcus Stewart's 20 yard attempt had keeper Andy Oakes back-peddling as the keeper was caught off his line, whilst there were Yeovil appeals for a free kick turned down after Andy Oakes appeared to carry the ball outside his area when trying to collect a ball on the edge of his box. Nathan Jones was booked for both his protests and for taking out Leon Britton as the ball fell loose.
Pawel Abbott was booked for bringing down Peter Sweeney in a cynical fashion, picking up a deserved booking in the process. Nathan Jones was the man to make him pay, putting in a free kick that was flicked on at the near post and Marcus STEWART provided the final touch to give him his first goal of 2007 and to give the Glovers a priceless lead, with just 11 minutes of the half gone.
Inevitably Swansea tried to hit back and Steve Mildenhall had to get down well to his right hand side to block a Lee Trundle attempt and push it out for a corner on the hour mark. A long range Ian Craney effort had to be carefully watched by Mildenhall as well as Swansea fired in shots on Yeovil's goal but without any great deal of incisive pressure.
At the other end, Wayne Gray turned and shot inside the box, firing right-footed with the ball creeping past Andy Oakes' left-hand post. As the game went through a quiet patch with both sides sizing each other up, Pawel Abbott forced Steve Mildenhall into a comfortable save from distance. Swansea were having trouble getting in behind the Yeovil back four, mainly putting balls over the top and into the channels to try and expose or upset the defence but on the whole matters were relatively calm. About the only criticism would be that when Yeovil did snuff out the Swansea attacks there were little options up front with most Yeovil players stuck firmly behind the ball.
With 15 minutes to go, Pawel Abbott was replaced by Chris Jones for Swansea, whilst Peter Sweeney and Martin Brittain were replaced by Arron Davies and Lee Morris. Perhaps Russell Slade felt the same about the lack of numbers up front with Davies and Morris able to create more attacking options. Almost immediately Scott Guyett was replaced by Matthew Rose as Terrell Forbes shuffled into the centre allowing Rose to take the right-back slot.
A rare moment of indecisiveness by Steve Mildenhall saw the ball run loose in the penalty box with it dropping to Andy Robinson but his shot was blocked on the line by Nathan Jones and turned out fror a corner. A near escape but about as close as Swansea had come all afternoon.
As the minutes ticked down, an Arron Davies breakaway saw the substitute race up field with Swansea caught short but the final pass through to Marcus Stewart couldn't be connected with and Swansea got another let-off.
Then deep into injury time, Wayne Gray was the next Yeovil player that broke away, ultimately being brought down 30 yards from goal, with defender Alan Tate probably a little lucky to get away with a yellow card for what was as cynical a foul as you can get. Lee Morris was booked for disputing the decision to only award a caution against the Swansea defender but thankfully the spot of undue lenience from Mr Bates mattered little and the three minutes injury time mattered even less.
A few shredded nerves, caused mainly by the slenderness of the lead rather than anything Swansea threw at the Glovers, were relieved when the final whistle went, with manager Russell Slade even more animated than usual - punching the air and then immediately making a bee-line for Steve Mildenhall and Nathan Jones as he ran onto the pitch. An excellent win and one that moves the Glovers into the dizzy heights of an automatic promotion slot. Most importantly it widened the gap between them at Swansea to 12 points, leaving Carlisle United in 7th slot, and nine points behind. Would it be possible to ask for anything more out of Russell Slade and his players right now?
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Overall match rating: 8.0 / 10
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