Kevin Amankwaah made a welcome return to the side that travelled to Bournemouth, having shaken off an ankle injury sustained during the
Brentford home match earlier this month. But there was further bad luck for the Glovers as Colin Miles had to pull out of the warm-ups at
late notice, picking up a slight groin strain. Amankwaah's place in the side was for the first time in a Yeovil shirt at right-wing
in front of Adam Lockwood - an unusual formation but one that several supporters had suggested in the past few weeks.
Bournemouth got out of the traps somewhat sharper and as early as the second minute James Hayter used his pace to
burst through the middle of the Yeovil defence, with Steve Collis making a comfortable low save down to his left.
Yeovil replied with a long ball up the right flank being knocked down by Matt Harrold into the path of Arron Davies,
but his attempt to fire in an early shot went significantly wide of the target.
Bournemouth were passing the ball around far more fluently and had a real strangehold on Yeovil's midfield without
creating too much. The extra number in the home side's 3-5-2 formation, along with wing-backs that pushed
up frequently allowed them to assume control, and not even the excellent Chris Cohen could do a lot in what was
often a single-handed attempt to regain possession, with none of Paul Terry, David Poole or Kevin Amankwaah looking
comfortable when asked to win the ball back.
That all said, the Glovers went closest with the next chance of the game. True, Arron Davies was probably intending
to cross the ball into the centre towards Matt Harrold, but his attempt to play the ball curled heavily in the wind
and the end result was Bournemouth keeper Gareth Stewart losing his footing as defender Adam Griffiths struggled to
recover ground to guard the goal-line as the ball narrowly cleared the bar, landing on the roof of the net at the back post.
By the half hour mark though, the home side had assumed full control, making superb use of both flanks, frequently
criss-crossing passes across field to try and unsettle the shape of the Yeovil backline. The move of the game, flowing
through half a dozen home players saw Hayter's close range shot superbly saved after he had received a knockdown
by Steve Fletcher, but it was a big warning sign to the visitors.
Three minutes later Yeovil were to find Bournemouth's next move to be more costly. After Steve Fletcher and Paul
Terry had been booked for a spot of off-the-ball handbags, Stephen Purches stole a march down a right flank that was becoming
ever more exposed, and slipped a low cross into the centre. Bournemouth's Steve FLETCHER squeezed in front of
Adam Lockwood and poked the ball home from 10 yards out to give Bournemouth the lead, and based on their use of
the width of the pitch, and their superior possession they deserved it.
Bournemouth almost made it 2-0 when James Hayer ran through the middle completely flat-footing the Yeovil defence,
and sprinted away with pace, but his end shot let him down and Collis was able to make an easy save to deny the striker.
Yeovil almost equalised just before the break, when Arron Davies - Yeovil's one source of attacking inspiration -
got some clear space in the box, but the legs of Gareth Stewart blocked his shot, and at half time Steve Thompson had
some big thinking to do, most notably to unpick a side that had been outpassing the Glovers - not many sides have done
that and succeeded against a Yeovil side in the past five years.