As the second half got underway it was the hosts who came out of the blocks the brighter, Cohen, who wasn’t his usual self today, pressed the keeper into making a rash clearance after closing him down, maybe Thommo’s words were still ringing in his ears, and then Poole, who was lacklustre fired a shot in on goal, but his effort again was comfortable for Evans. Arron Davies then showed a glimpse of his talent as he jinked his way down the right, with plenty of time he cut the ball back to the far post where Paul Terry, with plenty of time and space took too long over his shot and his feeble effort was mopped up with ease. That effort personified the Londoner's performance, for some reason he looks out of sorts, out of breath and a yard shorter on pace than he was this time last season. Always tough in the tackle and usually the winner in a 50-50 he’s definitely not the Paul Terry of old. Whether it be the fall out recently with the manager, whether it be contract issues, or whether it be the pace of the game; with a Premiership midfielder on loan and surprisingly warming the bench, if its not an injury that’s hampering PT’s game, then he’ll have to impress on the training ground this week else his position at Bournemouth next week could be in jeopardy.
If Yeovil started the half brighter, it was they who started to fade first, and Swindon, who looked an awful side early on, began to find an inner belief that it was they who could win the game. Poole again committed the cardinal sin and conceded possession, and as Swindon broke Adam Lockwood was on hand to block a driving shot from inside the penalty area. Seconds later Steve Collis made a fantastic save with his legs to deny the visitors, and then, with the game beginning to open up, the Glovers thought they had taken the lead: Lockwood fed Gall, Gall crossed to Davies, and as the Swindon defence stood still, they, unlike the Westland stand had seen the linesman’s flag go up well before the little striker smashed home a disallowed goal. That was probably Yeovil’s best chance gone, and Swindon now looked like they could go on and score. Lee Peacock whipped in a dangerous cross that flashed across the face of goal, seconds earlier he was deep back in his own half defending with gusto, you had to admire his work rate.
Yeovil needed to change things, and instead of trying to conjure up a goal, it looked more like we were trying to batten down the hatches when the next substitution arrived. Off went left winger Poole and he was replaced by Colin Miles, with Nathan Jones pushing up. Adam Lockwood then appeared to be leaving the field following a clash of heads, but he, unlike Amankwaah on Tuesday, came back onto the field after pushing away the stretcher and getting the all clear from the Yeovil Club Doctor. Moments later, his defence was breached, and the impressive Cureton was away on goal, his shot somehow managed to stay out after hitting the bar and bouncing down before being hacked away to safety. At the other end Davies had a chance to head the winner but his effort again was tame and the keeper saved easily.
As the game drew to a close Steve Thompson made his third and final change, replacing Matt Harrold with Daniel Webb. Webb could have made himself a hero with a goal but with only a few minutes remaining he was never going to have enough time, although in the short period he did have, he showed that he has just as much about him as any other forward we have at the club, and to be fair, he unsettled the Swindon defence with his aggressive nature probably more than his predecessor did in the whole of the game before him!
As the final whistle blew, although a point isn’t much good to them, it’s probably the visitors who will feel slightly happier with their performance. Yeovil on the other hand still have a lot of work to do to avoid the drop. We have the players, we have the ability, we have a confidence coach, we have an Argentinean!! OK, we have a few injuries, but that does not mean we can’t close, hustle, stop allowing teams to build from the back and create. The players, and the fans, have to have belief…seeing hundreds leave early does not help the cause!
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 3.9 / 10
32 votes received.
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