Paul Terry became yet another ridiculous entry into Mr Williamson's notebook when he was found guilty of
apparently holding down Barnsley's Neil Austin. Both had landed in a heap on the floor after a challenge,
and all Terry seemed to be doing was trying to get to his feet. Williamson decided to think differently.
Despite this early intervention Yeovil increased their hold on the game in a series of attacks during
the early period of the first half. Phil Jevons broke down the right flank, cut inside from the wing, but
found his shot on goal blocked by a defender. First to react was Pablo Bastianini, but his scuffed shot was saved
by keeper Nick Colgan.
Poor communication between the Barnsley back line and their keeper was causing anxiety all around the home
sections of the ground, as the Glovers lofted bouncing balls at the home side's penalty area, and indecision came
close to letting Pablo Bastianini a chance to squirm past their defenders. The home crowd grew restless and you
just sensed that if the Glovers could sneak a goal, that they would turn on their team.
It took Barnsley 20 minutes before they could launch their first attack of any kind during the second period.
Chris Shuker ran through the centre of the Yeovil midfield and let fly with an outswinger from the edge of the
penalty area which Chris Weale did well to beat out, but only as far as Paul Hayes who on the angle lifted the
rebound over the bar.
Three minutes later Barnsley again proved they were still in the match and still a danger when Jacob Burns
blasted an angled shot from the edge of the area, only to find Chris Weale making a stunning save, tipping the ball
onto the post and showing lightning quick reactions to grab the ball as it fired off the inside of the post.
Barnsley's crowd, who had become increasingly irritable about the whole affair suddenly realised this was
a game they still had a chance in.
At the other end, Phil Jevons had appeals for a penalty turned down when his ankle was taken away from him,
as he twisted to shoot. Referee Williamson bizarrely told the Glovers camp that he DID see contact but claimed
the Barnsley defender's contact was accidental. Perhaps we could all have sight of the rulebook the Berkshire
official is working to?
Shortly afterwards, Jevo was replaced by Kevin Gall in a like for like swap. Paul Hayes also left the field for
Nathan Jarman with the home supporters booing Andy Ritchie's decision. But those boos turned into cheers four
minutes later as referee Williamson once again took centre stage. Neil Austin looked to have already lost his balance
in the penalty area as he headed for the byline, but as Efe Sodje tried to challenge the stumbling wideman,
Sodje's contact saw Williamson point to the spot. Not even home manager Andy Ritchie was going to try and kid
anyone after the game that this wasn't a dire decision.
Robbie WILLIAMS sent Chris Weale the wrong way from the penalty spot, and by the actions of two poor
decisions, Yeovil were now 1-0 down instead of a possible 1-0 up. Matt Harrold replaced Paul Terry as Yeovil
adopted a 4-3-3 that became more forward thinking as time went on with Terry Skiverton more or less becoming
a box-to-box midfielder.
Barnsley played keep-ball by the corner flag right from the penalty being scored, attempting to play out
the game in a yard square in the corner of the pitch. Yeovil did create the odd chance - Kevin Amankwaah's long through was
flicked on by Matt Harrold and Terry Skiverton's swivelled shot was tipped over the bar for a corner.
But the home side's delaying tactics saw the clock run out.
Ultimately Yeovil will feel aggrieved by the actions of the Reading official, although they did enough during
the game to have ensured those two decisions didn't matter so much. There is plenty of good strong possession
from the Glovers this season, but the final delivery into the box is lacking somewhat, leaving both
strikers with mere scraps to feed upon and that after four games worth of it, isn't really enough. Whilst
Gary will show patience in his side and will give them time to adapt in League One, in the back of his mind, he
will doubtless already be looking at a Plan B if the goal drought carries on. There's not an awful lot wrong
with Yeovil's play as a League One side, but the most important part of the game - scoring goals - clearly has
to be overcome over the next few games if a psychological fear of League One games is not to develop amongst
players who clearly CAN perform at this level - they just need to remind themselves where the goal is.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 6.9 / 10
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