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Season 2005-2006 : Yeovil Town v Chesterfield : Monday 29th August 2005
Football League One : Yeovil Town 1 - 3 Chesterfield

Venue: Huish Park
Mon 29th August 2005, 3pm kick-off.

Conditions: Warm, sunny
Pitch: Excellent

Scorers: Luciano Alvarez (36, 1-0), Paul Hall (44, 1-1), Adam Smith (53, 1-2), Adam Smith (75, 1-3)

Attendance: 6,079 (including 269 Chesterfield fans)

Referee: Paul Taylor (Herts)
Assistants: Simon Snartt (Glos), Graham Scott (Oxford)
Fourth official: James Linington (Isle of Wight)

Yeovil: None
Chesterfield: Caleb Folan (55, foul), Derek Niven (69, foul), Barry Roche (79, foul)

Team Line-Ups

Yeovil Town : (3-5-2)
1. Chris Weale
2. Adam Lockwood 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Colin Miles
12. Kevin Amankwaah 14. Andy Lindegaard 6. Darren Way 8. Lee Johnson 11. Nathan Jones
22. Pablo Bastianini 26. Luciano Alvarez

Subs: 7. Paul Terry 9. Kevin Gall (69, for Alvarez) 13. Steven Collis (GK) 18. David Poole (45, for Lindegaard) 20. Matt Harrold (69, for Miles)

Chesterfield :
17. Barry Roche 26. Phil Picken 5. Steve Blatherwick 19. Reuben Hazell 14. Shane Nicholson 12. Gareth Davies 8. Mark Allott 6. Derek Niven 11. Paul Hall 16. Caleb Folan 27. Kevan Hurst

Subs: 3. Alan O'Hare (76, for Hall) 9. Wayne Allison (65, for Folan) 18. Adam Smith (45, for Hurst) 10. Colin Larkin 1. Carl Muggleton (GK)

Jeremy Gear's Match Report

Gary Johnsons’ policy of reviewing the situation after 10 games will surely come under review 4 games early after today’s disappointing home defeat to Chesterfield. Not that it’s time to hit the panic button, but with the transfer deadline less than two days away, the first six games in league one suggests that it’s harder than many of us fans have predicted.

Gary Johnson said not long after he joined the club that he was building a squad that would be capable of playing in Division One, and he got it right, but to make headway in this league you need to have players who are capable of playing Championship football, or ones that have played at this level and survived. I am not suggesting wholesale change, far from it, but one or two additions in key areas could make all the difference to the results experienced so far.

Until Swindon, our defence looked pretty watertight, but seven goals conceded since then has changed that situation, although the Glovers can be forgiven because on both occasions including today we have been chasing the game and have left the back line exposed. Efe Sodje’s sending off and suspension has not and will not help. Against Chesterfield we started with three at the back, Skiverton, Lockwood making a welcome return and Colin Miles…they all looked reasonably comfortable. But they were not brick walls…ala Chesterfield!

The wingbacks, Nathan Jones looked useful, although once again Kevin Amankwaah was superb both in attack and defence. It was he who set up the first goal with a strong run and fine low cross to the near post which home debutant Luciano ALVARES poked home to give Yeovil the lead after 36 minutes. Amankwaah had crossed 3 times prior to this goal in similar fashion but each time from a dangerous situation we failed to convert the chances. Lee Johnson steered one ball on but just missed the post, Lindegaard shot wide from one, and the other missed everyone all together…Bastianini looks the type of player who makes his own chances, so what Gary Johnson needs is a fox in the box or a Johnny on the spot, someone to go in where it really hurts, two would be nice but one would be lovely…does he already have one amongst his squad??

Chesterfield began to get back in the game, Chris Weale gifted them a corner when he failed to smother a long range shot, but he made amends by claiming the cross with surety.

As Yeovil pressed and left gaps Chesterfield broke and steamed towards goal, luckily Lee Johnson had tracked back the length of the field and blocked as the Spirerites attacker pulled the trigger. Lee Johnson had a fine game, substituted on Saturday after his disappointing penalty, he picked himself up and looked the best midfielder on show. He constantly picked the ball up off his defenders and sprayed the long and short ball out to the flanks to set up attacks. He was neat and tidy and tackled well in the middle, but he did make a point of walking around each of the three stands to openly applaud all the supporters. Was this a gesture aimed at his supporters who have stuck by him lately, or was this a farewell signal suggesting that he was in fact off to Swansea. Only time will tell, if it is the case then Johnson senior would not allow him to go unless he had a ready made replacement. For the first time it’s fair to say our midfield was lightweight. Not so much in the 50-50’s but the height advantage that Chesterfield had was significant, they could play a bit too, which is the noticeable difference stepping up a league.

Chesterfield got themselves back into the game with a goal a minute before the break, such a bad time to concede. As they piled forward no one made a tackle and they were allowed to run pretty much unchallenged, from the resulting corner the ball went clean through to the back post where Paul HALL smacked home from close range. The corner should have been dealt with but in truth the build up to it caused the problem.

Bastianini once again tried his luck from the halfway line, but his speculative effort that beat the keeper just went the wrong side of his right hand post, and that was the last of the action before half time came.

Half-time: Yeovil Town 1 - 1 Chesterfield

For the second period, Lindegaard was replaced by David Poole, and straight away Yeovil attacked with Pablo going forward strongly, he bore down on goal but could not get through a resolute Chesterfield defence. Maybe the easy ball would have been a better option, but maybe someone making a diagonal run into space could have increased his options. As Yeovil attacked so came the killer blow, Adam SMITH put his side 2-1 up on 53 minutes. Yeovil now needed to attack. They nearly pulled level 3 minutes later from a corner on the right, the ball fell to Miles who blasted his effort goalwards, Roche parried and the ball fell to the Argentine but Pablo could not steer his effort on target, the ball heading out for a goal kick.

As Yeovil looked for the equaliser, Matt Harrold and Kevin Gall replaced the tiring Alvares and Miles, but as the Glovers continued to surge forward, with Skiverton playing in the midfield the game was put beyond reach as Adam SMITH scored an easy third goal for the visitors. Credit to Yeovil they continued to attack, and it was Gall, whose pace outstripped the defence, who won the host’s a penalty after being fouled by the keeper Barry Roche who was punished with a yellow card.

This presented a wonderful opportunity to claw something back, but Pablo, taking responsibility this time fired his penalty low and to the keepers left and he pushed it around the post for a corner, Skiverton almost scored with a snapshot seconds later but was denied by Roche again, and then Bastianini’s header was tipped over the bar with another fine save.

Yeovil had two more great chances to score when Amankwaah found himself with only the keeper to beat, but he couldn’t, and then Gall's header following a great cross from the left by Jones was headed straight into the keepers’ arms when the rest of the goal was left begging!

Johnson said after the Swindon game that it was a difficult game to dissect, but after today he’ll have assessed his strengths and weaknesses. For the last few years he’s planned his promotion campaign, this is a new challenge, and one he’ll relish, but he’s got to plug the gaps before we get left too far behind. Promotion party… unlikely, relegation fodder…no chance…mid table comfort zone…yes please!

Jeremy Gear

MOTM Vote Result:

Player MOTM Score
Kevin Amankwaah 24 835
Colin Miles 6 241
Nathan Jones 2 194
Kevin Gall 1 65
Darren Way - 47
Pablo Bastianini 1 35

Overall match rating: 5.1 / 10
Performance: 4.6
Entertainment: 5.6

34 votes received.

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Full-time: Yeovil Town 1 - 3 Chesterfield
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