The home side took off Thomas Butler five minutes into the second half, with the home crowd loudly booing
his withdrawl. Hartlepool seem to be a little like Barnsley in that the ground tends to have an undercurrent
of unrest and mutterings, and the more that Yeovil's grip on the game grew, the louder those mutterings got.
Seven minutes into the half, the mutterings briefly ceased when the home end thought they had got a goal.
A Ritchie Humphreys corner went looping high and directly into the net, right on the back stick, but referee
Mr Drysdale's whistle went early for an infringement, with Michael Proctor's block on Chris Weale looking
the most likely reason, and although there didn't appear to be much contact anywhere in the area, Hartlepool's
players seemed to accept the referee's decision fairly easily.
Hartlepool went close again when substitute Lee Bullock flicked a header wide of the goalframe with Chris Weale
and the ball seemingly moving forward in slow motion, with the angle of Bullock's header having apparently deceived
the Yeovil keeper.
Yeovil were continuing to get the best of their opportunities from set pieces, and a Nathan Jones corner saw
home keeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos come out of his goal, only to be beaten by the head of Luciano Alvarez. Had
the Argentinian managed to keep the ball under the bar, this was a certain goal, with the home keeper stranded.
But midway through the second half, Yeovil's dangerous set pieces paid off. Luciano Alvarez was taken out from
behind by Darren Williams on the corner of the area, and as Hartlepool looked to organise their defences, a
quickly taken Lee Johnson free kick was curled across the six yard line, and with a trio of Yeovil players having
second-guessed Johnson's intentions, Pablo BASTIANINI was the middle man to nod the ball home, unmarked from six
yards out for an excellently worked goal.
Yeovil continued to stroke the ball around confidently, often catching Hartlepool by surprise, who perhaps
had expected the Glovers to slow the game down during the final 20 minutes. Luciano Alvarez made way for Paul Terry,
as Yeovil tightened up in the middle with Darren Way heading out to the wings.
The expected thrust forward from the home side never materialised and the nearest they came to any action during
the latter stages was when Chris Weale had to come off his line and dive at the feet of Antony Sweeney.
Otherwise the Yeovil keeper was well protected by the head of Terry Skiverton and the quick feet of Liam Fontaine,
who efficiently mopped up everything that Hartlepool threw their way.
A tired Pablo Bastianini,
who had just been carded for a mis-timed sliding tackle on a Hartlepool defender was replaced by Matt Harrold with
eight minutes to go. There was just enough time for Colin Miles to prove his worth in the back line with a superb
flicked header close to his own goal-line as a ball was whipped to the back post with a duo of home players
approaching. But Hartlepool had no end product on show, and the end result was a fairly calm last few minutes, with
even the five minutes of injury time the referee added on passing off without any heart flutters.
An excellent away performance by the Glovers, and one that saw them superbly organised in snuffing out the
Hartlepool attack. Once they had weathered the storm in the first 20 minutes, they were either equal to or better
than their hosts throughout the game, and the three points Gary Johnson took on the long journey home were
more than deserved. A landmark win for Yeovil - their first at League One level - lets hope the players can now
use that win as a platform for next week's home match against Walsall.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 7.6 / 10
10 votes received.
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