Oxford manager Graham Rix made the decision to change his weak-looking defence by swapping Jon Ashton for
Lee Molyneaux during the break. But the Glovers started like they meant business when Michael Rose targetted
the weak link in the Oxford defence, by steaming down the left flank and firing a shot just wide of goal with
just 30 seconds on the clock.
Four minutes into the half though, that flank was once again exposed badly when Adrian Caceres got room to
charge up the flank and thread a ball to Andrejs STOLCERS. The Latvian shimmied his way through, left
Leo Roget not knowing which way to turn, then fooled Christopher Tardiff when he calmly passed the ball into the
far corner of the net from the edge of the area to double the Yeovil lead.
This was becoming nothing short of one-way traffic now and Tardif had to rescue Oxford when Darren Way ran through
the gaping hole that was the Oxford back line, with the goalkeeper's outstretched hand just stopping Way from
rounding him when he was clean through. Stolcers and Paul Terry combined with the latter blasting a shot just wide
of the target.
On the hour mark though, Oxford were breached again, and just for a change it came from the right.
Lee Johnson put through Phil JEVONS who cut inside and drilled the ball into the far corner of the net
from 15 yards to make it 3-0.
Oxford's chances in the other half of the field were to say the least rare now, although Chris Weale was reminded
why he was still on the pitch when Tommy Mooney broke away, with his powerful shot being superbly held by Weale, low
to his left at the first attempt.
But most of the action was at the other end, and after Darren Way had another go at getting on the scoresheet -
Tardif once again denying him - Gary Johnson made his first change of the afternoon with Paul Terry making way for
Kevin Gall. Gally needed just three minutes to put his influence onto the game. After one right-wing move that
didn't quite come off, his second attempt at a cross was a real peach, looping behind Tardif and straight to an
unmarked Phil JEVONS who grabbed his second of the afternoon with a low header from close range.
Oxford hadn't quite given up at this stage and they pulled a goal back with a somewhat scrappy effort from
a Yeovil defensive point of view. A game of pinball in the Glovers penalty area following a Mooney free kick, saw
a loose ball fall to Mark E'BEYER (although other reports say that Jamie Hand got the final touch) and the
ball landed in the net from eight yards out.
Oxford's mini-revival lasted all of two minutes though, as Oxford were undone with the goal of the game.
Phil Jevons turned provider when he put Kevin GALL in over the top on the right flank, and if there is ever
a good way to break a nine month league goal drought, this was it, as Gall took the ball on the volley and smashed
home a looping shot from 25 yards out to send the whole of Huish Park to their feet. This was an emotional moment
indeed, and it certainly shows the affection that Gally his held at this club with the substitutes invading the pitch
to join in with the celebrations and seemingly three sides of the ground chanting his name.
One man though was going to take any headlines away from Gall, and that was Phil JEVONS. Four minutes later
it was 6-1 when Darren Way continued his role as unsung hero by beavering his way through the Oxford penalty box
and ultimately teeing the ball up on a plate for Jevons to score the easiest of his three goals from six yards out
and become the second Yeovil player to net a hat-trick this season.
Incredibly, it could have been seven when Bartosz Tarachulski - on as a substitute - ripped through a totally
demoralised Oxford defence, striking the inside of the post, and somehow evading an incoming Phil Jevons, who only needed
to touch the rebound to claim his fourth. But it would have been greedy to have hoped for more - even if that was
what the Westland Stand were asking for! - and with the home support begging the question "are you watching
Allardyce?" in reference to Tuesday's clash against Premiership Bolton, Huish Park had seen yet another classic
game that will live in the memory for many years to come.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 9.4 / 10
58 votes received.
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