Dead and Buried - Totally out of sorts!
Woeful is probably the best description that can be offered to Yeovil Towns’ performance this afternoon at a sun-drenched Huish Park! The sun was more than welcome following a long cold spell, but three points would have been the preferred ingredient.
Usually following a defeat Gary Johnsons’ post match analysis bears fruit come the next game, only once (in the league) have Yeovil lost two on the bounce this campaign, so following today’s second defeat in a row Johnson could do with a coroner to assist him with tonight’s post mortem - He may though, not have to look too hard!
Had Yeovil taken one of a number of good chances in the first few moments things may have been so different, instead Bury snatched the lead on 15 minutes and although conceding plenty of possession never looked like losing it. Too many players were out of sorts, and most worryingly some looking totally bereft of confidence, none more so than Lee Johnson, Aaron Davies and Kevin Gall. Far too often Yeovil conceded possesion by being bundled off the ball, or being put under pressure, but to see the Town hitting long and hopeful balls towards Tarachulski, later joined by Rory Fallon was disappointing, especially when we never looked likely to succeed that way. The midfield was bypassed, when it wasn’t the penetration and movement off the ball was poor, gone was the overlapping runs we have become accustomed to, instead, and quite often we went sideways and even backwards, that suited Bury perfectly as all they had to do was defend their lead, and with Flitcroft and his muscular men at the back they dealt with everything.
Attacking the home end in the first half, Aaron Davies produced a strong run and as the ball bobbled about a header goalbound was headed clear, Kevin Amankwaah then tore forward from his defensive position and forced a corner that again produced a header that was straight into the keepers hands. Then against the run of play Bury took the lead, Michael Roses’ clearance from the left back position was erratic and found the main car park, the resultant throw was not dealt with and the loose ball fell kindly to Simon WHALEY who stabbed home from inside the box.
Minutes later Rose sent in a great low cross into the box that begged for a touch, Johnson I’m sure at half time would have asked for one of his strikers to gamble and throw them selves at balls like that…sometimes he uses the phrase “cut eyes” and this would have been one of those moments! Yeovil’s defence took a blow in the 23rd minute when Andy Lindegaard was injured, and replaced by long term absentee Adam Lockwood. It was good to see Lockwood back and he, along with Skiverton were probably Yeovil’s best players on the day.
On 26 minutes Amankwaah forced another corner, the danger was cleared only for Paul Terry to loop the ball back into the box, Darren Way, the Vice-presidents man of the match fired hard, high and wide. Soon Way was in the thick of it again, his cross from the right found Skivertons head, Glyn Garner in the Bury goal parried well but again no one attacked the loose ball. Johnson and Davies both tried their luck from distance, before Jevons and Tarachulski produced the best moment of the game so far with a fine one-two, unfortunately the Big Poles’ angled drive was well saved by Garner and the chance of an equaliser had gone.
Yeovils’ defence suffered another blow just before the break as Amankwaah went down injured. This gave the manager an opportunity to call an impromptu team meeting with many players taking the chance of a drink in the dugout, with Johnson dishing out the instructions. Amankwaah was substituted, and looked a tad disappointed as he was replaced by Kevin Gall, with only a few minutes to go before half time you could understand his frustrations. Just before the whistle blew the Glovers survived another scare as Skiverton’s backward header beat his own keeper, Steve Collis in for Chris Weale, and grazed the top of the bar. Collis then saved well with his legs, and as the players left the pitch for the interval, they no doubt would have heard the few boos of disapproval from the Westland Terrace. Sure, it was not a great half but the boo boys had been advised to “keep the faith bruvvers” and it was a shame they did not heed that advice.