With Gary Johnson being relatively content with the sixteen players who had helped produce Yeovil Town's
first ever League One point against Rotherham on Tuesday night. Denied Pablo Bastianini for a third consecutive
match thanks to Argentinian bureaucracy and legal regulations, the Glovers landed up against a Blackpool side
who were also looking for their first win of the season.
The Glovers continued where they had left off, by attacking the opposition penalty box. Lee Johnson got in the
first attack on goal after Kevin Gall had been fouled as early as the third minute. His free kick was blasted towards
the corner of goal, but Blackpool's Peter Clarke showed expert reactions to clear the ball off the line from his
position on the goal-post.
Blackpool immediately launched their own counter-attack with Scott Vernon giving Kevin Amankwaah the slip down
the flank and putting in a cross that bounced across the face of the area, but Keigan Parker flashed his shot high
Despite Yeovil having the better of the opening play though, they conceded an early goal. On a pitch that
had been left greasy by lunchtime rain, Terry Skiverton slipped on the deck as a fairly academic looking ball came
into the box, and as John MURPHY looked to take advantage, he fired the loose ball into the back of the
net from eight yards, with Kevin Amankwaah's attempts to retrieve the situation rather in vain.
The game became somewhat scrappy after the goal. Keigan Parker landed in the book for a foul on Matt Harrold,
whilst some pretty dubious play-acting by Rory Prendergast, who is no stranger to those sort of theatrics, saw Kevin
Gall land in the book and Prendergast leap to his feet without a care in the world. Less lucky was keeper Lee Jones,
who aggravated a groin strain in leaping for a cross, and he had to limp off at a snails pace to be replaced
by substitute keeper Lewis Edge.
All of this seemed to take the momentum from Yeovil's play, and Gary Johnson decided he wasn't going to let
time tick by any longer. Perhaps surprisingly, it was a double-substitution that took place - Kevin Gall making
way for David Poole whilst Paul Terry's place was taken by Arron Davies, allowing Darren Way to move back into
his more familiar central position.
Nathan Jones is gradually getting into the forward positions that he has been brought in to try and achieve,
and one of his Soccer AM step-overs left a Blackpool full-back floundering, resulting in a perfect cross falling
onto the head of Matt Harrold. Sadly his header landed straight in the keeper's arms, with Harrold perhaps having
got too good a contact on his attempt.
Phil Jevons showed his understanding with Matt Harrold is growing fast as the two combined in a simple one-two
up the middle, but Jevons saw his shot head just wide of the post as half time approached.
For all of Yeovil's attacking play, it looked as though Yeovil were going to go in the dressing room with
a rather unjust scoreline, but with injury time approaching they finally got their first League One goal, 2.5 matches
into the season. In a move that was not too dissimilar to the one that Paul Terry scored at Charlton, David Poole ran
half the length of the Huish Park pitch, and slipped the ball inside to Kevin AMANKWAAH who had followed
him every inch of the way. An immediate shot from 10 yards out was buried by the fullback into the corner of
the net to put a smile on the home side's faces, and boost the noise levels at Huish Park.