The first half ended goalless, and this was Thommo’s moment. The team looked flat, not lacking effort, but just looking flat. Would his half time rally re-kindle the flame? There was little to suggest after the restart that whatever went on behind closed doors had worked. Davies shot over, and Pablo who has yet to hit the heights expected shot tamely at Mark Goodlad in the visitor’s goal.
On 58 minutes the dependable Amankwaah made a great tackle in his own half, this inspired a Yeovil attack and Jevons’ shot at the end of it was again well saved by Goodlad... and then the game changed. For the second time in a week Yeovil were down to ten men, with Alejandro Melono being dismissed for foul on Nathan Lowndes which Thompson later claimed was harsh, worthy of a yellow yes, but not a red.
Port Vale then threatened to take the game away from Yeovil as their possession percentage increased, but as Lee Johnson said afterwards, “it was a hard ten minute spell, and we did give the ball away a few times but that happens when you're chasing the game, but the spirit was obvious and even before the game, the atmosphere in the dressing room was positive. We wanted to do it for Thommo and for each other and we really worked hard...all the lads did”
Seconds after Melono’s sending off, Jevons was fortunate to get away with a yellow following an out of character challenge that to be fair, looked worse than the Uruguayan's.
On 65 minutes Thompson introduced his first sub, and it was Matt Harrold who replaced Bastianini. The Argentine looks comfortable on the ball, but his early season promise of pace and power has yet to materialise, strong on his left but weak on his right, capable of the spectacular but still not the finished product. Matt HARROLD is also not the finished article, but whereas he may not produce the spectacular he was, as he proved, effective in the box. With the game climaxing into a stalemate, and with all teams below us winning, including one in Bristol, that moment of inspiration came with five minutes to go. Lee Johnson clipped a wonderful ball down the right channel and fed Amankwaah with precision, the kind of ball he thrives on, Amankwaah, who throughout the second half looked tired stormed down the right and squared the ball to Harold who fired home to send the home crowd wild. “I was knackered” the right back later admitted “but Lee supplied the perfect pass and as I looked up I could see Matty on his own and I just crossed it to him and he did the rest”
Although the Yeovil goal never looked to be under too much threat, Sodje and Skiverton made successive blocks to keep the sheet clean and send the 5901 crowd home feeling a damn sight better than they did when they arrived.
The relief on the pitch at the final whistle was palpable, and the players and staff were united and delighted, none more so than Skiverton, a defeat could have been calamitous, a draw unhelpful, but a win was just what the doctor ordered…he can, for now put the Prozac back into his medical bag!
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 6.8 / 10
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