It wasn't the greatest of surprises to find Slade's half time response was to change the shape and the personnel. Off came Anthony Barry
and Matt Harrold, on came David Poole and Kevin James. The midfield was made more orthodox with David Poole going out on the left whilst Arron
Davies went wide right allowing James to land up front with Gray.
James nearly got off to a flyer - a deep Lindegaard cross being hit on the volley by Kevin James with his left foot, only for it to go wide of the target. Chris Cohen and David Poole had shots closed down as the Glovers started in far more promising fashion - the revised shape allowing them to drive forward as a line and put pressure on the Bournemouth backline. These weren't clear cut chances but at least it showed more promise than the
first period and was driving Bournemouth onto the back foot for the first time in the game.
However, with Bournemouth's first chance of the second half they created the clearest chance of the game - Danny Hollands getting room to
smash a 25 yard shot at goal that came off the foot of the post and caused a couple of seconds of chaos as both sides scrambled for the rebound,
with the visitors claiming a handball in the melee. Minutes later and a Steven Foley free kick forced Steve Mildenhall into a strong save from a free kick, with
the big man being forced into tipping the ball round his post for a corner for an excellent save.
The Glovers did manage to break out of this Bournemouth pressure with an excellent breakaway. Arron Davies cut his way through
the Bournemouth half with his usual amount of trickery, only to be crudely clipped by Karl Broadhurst, who deservedly became Mr Singh's first
yellow card of the night.
The game swung back and forth with neither side really managing to get final balls into the box. Some of Yeovil's second half moves were excellent and flowing but without that final ball to really give either striker a chance to struggle giving the impression of a dog that was all bark and no bite. If anything James Hayter's charged down shots and a shot from
Stephen Cooke represented the best of the middle period's action, albeit without seriously bothering Steve Mildenhall.
With the minutes ticking down, Lee Morris replaced Arron Davies, allowing Kevin James the chance to drop back onto the right wing, giving
the striker his first competitive match for 18 months. But still that small matter of turning forward play into clear-cut chances eluded the Glovers
and the game closed out without either side's keeper having to do too much work.
In truth Bournemouth should have had the game in the bag on their
first half performance and saw enough of the second half match to have even nicked a winner there. The Glovers - once they reorganised during half time - at least got back into the game from a territory point of view with an improved second half display. But overall they didn't do enough to deserve to win the game, and thus should probably see tonight as a point gained - it was probably one more than was truly deserved.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 4.3 / 10
52 votes received.
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