As the teams came out for the second half, unchanged, it was the officials who made a swap, Mick Fletcher the ref being replaced rather unfortunately, as his substitute, Mr Tomlinson, for some reason looked a little out of his depth!
Terry Skiverton, Yeovil's rock, was the Glovers first casualty, following a crunching 50-50 block tackle, immediately you sensed that Skivvo had come off worst, and although he persevered for 10 minutes or so, he wasnít moving well. Hopefully it will be a precautionary change but the way he kept rubbing his knee just hope and pray it's not cartilage damage or worse. To lose the captain again at this stage of the season will hurt, without him at the back, especially when we play with three, we do look a little more vulnerable. [3-4 weeks out with knee ligament damage according to Thommo at the press conference after the match, it could be worse.- Ciderspace]
Not only do we look vulnerable, we also look a little less fluent. Skiverton may not have the vision of Beckham, but rarely does he lose possession, Guyett and Lockwood on the other hand donít have the distribution talents of the skipper, keeping the ball is paramount, and as the half wore on big balls from the back rarely threatened.
When Yeovil kept the ball on the ground they looked more likely to score, the midfield looked, after a disjointed start to the half, more fluent, Lindegaard in an advanced position picked out Nathan Jones on the edge and his first time shot was deflected for a corner. Cohenís persistent cross to the far post was cleared, again, but only as far as Paul Terry, and his immediate ball back into the box should have been mopped up by Murray but he elected to palm the ball away, and his attempted clearance sailed narrowly wide of his post and out for yet another corner, which once again bore no fruit.
On 68 minutes though, Yeovil did take the lead, and it was that man Harrold, barren for so long, who did it again. After being awarded a free kick in the arc of the penalty area for a foul, Harrold took the kick himself. Although his shot lacked power, it had the accuracy, and Murray, whose kicking had been woeful, will be just as upset with his handling this time as he let the ball squirm out of his grasp low down to his left and trickle over the line to give the Glovers a 2-1 advantage on 68 minutes.
Yeovil and Harrold now pressed for the third, and it was the latter who was now on fire, he sprayed a fine ball across the length of the pitch into the path of Jones who was upended. Unfortunately Yeovilís free kicks in dangerous areas proved, like the corners, to be of little advantage.
Then, on 75 minutes, to rub salt into the wound, from a set piece of their own, Tranmere plucked an equaliser out of nothing. Nathan Jones, just inside his own half gave away an innocuous free kick, the ball was played into the danger area and Yeovil failed to deal with it. Bish bash bosh, back of the net, and Tranmere and Chris Greenacre had equalised, from nothing. Lesson number three, avoid giving away silly free kicks! Lesson number four, when in doubt, row 20 Yeovil College Stand!
On 80 minutes, Thompson made his changes, Rocastle, who tired was replaced by the youthful Marc Wilson in midfield, and Arron Davies, who had a neat and tidy game was replaced by the fit again Phil Jevons, having Jevo back will be like signing a new player!
Jevo in fact made an immediate impact, a fine searching cross field ball found Jones on the left flank, his cross to the far post was met with precision by Paul Terry and his downward header back across the goal had Murray beat all ends up, but agonisingly for the Londoner the ball reared up and hit the bar and bounced back on the goaline before being hacked to safety, and with that went Yeovil's best chance of winning the game.
The Glovers fans in the 5409 gate, although disappointed not to bag maximum points will be heartened with the performance today, a huge improvement on Swindon and Bournemouth respectively, and a good confidence booster going in to the encounter with the ever improving Bristol City. Improved they may have, but following the Ashton Gate side's defeat at lowly Rotherham this afternoon, it will be the green and whites hoops of Somerset that go to the city next weekend in finer fettle!
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 6.5 / 10
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