The half-time break saw Steve Thompson take off Colin Miles and Matt Harrold - the latter had barely been in the game, being heavily marked by
the Bristol City defence and getting very little joy out of Louis Carey. David Poole came onto the pitch as did Phil Jevons, the result being a slightly
more attack-minded Glovers line-up for the second half. The first action from Phil Jevons was actually to head the ball clear close to his own goal
line five minutes into the half, as City put in a deep cross to the back post.
Adam Lockwood was booked for a foul in Steve Brooker as the Glovers struggled to get going against a City side that were intent on keeping their
marking tight, and it was a frustrating 15 minutes or so with little sign that Yeovil were going to get back into it, even if they were seeing a lot
more of the ball. A Nathan Jones free kick was curled over a Bristol City wall and Adam Lockwood's header couldn't
be kept down despite him cleanly winning the ball, and Yeovil needed to take chances like this to get back into the game.
One of the dangers though was that their attack-minded tactics to try and claw the game back would backfire. Steve Brooker broke the Yeovil
offside trap as the Glovers pushed up, but luckily for Yeovil, as he reached the edge of the area, he tried to go for the spectacular rather than
simple finish and badly sliced his shot wide of the target. That was to be Brooker's last action of the game as he limped off, having picked up
a knock earlier in the half, replaced by David Cotterill.
Just when Yeovil's attempts to get the match going looked to be running into a rut, they pulled a goal back out of the blue. Paul Terry's run
through midfield went unchecked, and his shot from the edge of the area was spilled clumsily by keeper Adriano Basso into the path of Phil Jevons.
He in turn fed the ball back to Arron DAVIES who cleverly made room for himself, then smacked the ball into the bottom right hand
corner for his eighth goal of the season. At last - game on!
City immediately withdrew David Noble for Alex Russell in midfield, and not for the first time in this half, the Glovers got caught pushing
up to try and produce goals. Mark McCammon burst through on the break down the left channel, unselfishly squared it to Cole Skuse, but the midfielder
skewed his shot wide from six yards out. In fact Bristol City had the upper hand during this middle period of the second half, taking good advantage
of Yeovil's attempts to push up. Adam Lockwood produced an excellent blocking tackle for a corner, Scott Guyett also weighed in with a stunningly
deft piece of tackling on the edge of his area, sliding in and coming out with the ball glued to his boot whilst Steve Collis also redeemed his first
half performance with two superb parried saves inside 30 seconds of each other.
But the game swung back Yeovil's way once again. Chris Cohen brilliantly kept a ball in play on the left touchline when probably most would have
given up, the ball skidded down the line to Arron Davies who forced Basso to save low at his near post for a corner. Minutes later Davies again
gave the Bristol defence the slip when he broke behind their back-line. As they screamed for an offside that rightfully never came, Basso blocked
with his legs and the loose ball was hacked away.
Referee Graham Salisbury bravely booked Luke Wilkshire in the closing minutes as he cynically threw himself down in the penalty box a fair distance
from a David Poole challenge right under the most partisan area of the Bristol City ground. They duly hurled abuse at the referee, although Wilkshire
just looked a bit sheepish.
At the other end, Phil Jevons almost achieved an extraordinary equaliser. Pablo Bastianini may be gone from these shores, but the 40 yard cheeky
lobbed volley was heading right for the top corner before Basso scrambled back, got a palm to the ball, and then had to watch as the ball span
slowly and agonisingly on the wrong side of the post (or the right side of your name is Basso) for a corner.
Kevin Amankwaah had been borderline for around 10 minutes and Andy Lindegaard had twice stood up with the intention of replacing him, only to
see Kevin's communication with the bench indicate that he was willing to carry on. But in the end, the right-back who had barely trained all week
had to come off, and Lindy took his place. To give the City fans credit, he got a fantastic reception from his former supporters as he slowly
made his way round the pitch to disappear down the tunnel.
There was still a bit of time for some late comedy. City had just brought on Bas Savage, one of Gary Johnson's signings since he has arrived
at Ashton Gate. The substitute striker's first touch was to find himself put through in a one-on-one with Steve Collis. His second touch was to
trip over his own shoelaces on the edge of the box and land face down in the turf right in front of the away end for one of the funniest moments
of this season. Whoops!
Yeovil almost grabbed the equaliser at the death when Cole Skuse rather naively kept a ball from going out for a throw-in but in doing so gifted
the ball straight to Chris Cohen who raced through, threading the ball through to Arron Davies, but Skuse's blushes were saved by a defensive block
inside the penalty area. Sadly it wasn't to be!
Far too often this season, Yeovil Town have lost games not over 90 minutes but over 15-20 minute periods of games. This match falls firmly
into that category, and the Glovers slow start and two defensive mistakes gifted Bristol City their win. At 2-0 down it was always going to be
difficult to come back from, but to their credit, the second half showed a huge amount of spirit and it is that spirit and effort that they must
take into the remaining six games. However, if they are to avoid any more downfalls, they really have to cut out the silly lapses - they are proving
far too costly this season.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 6.4 / 10
17 votes received.
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