Exactly a year after Gary Johnson infamously deserted the Glovers, Yeovil claimed their third victory out of five matches at 'Fortress Huish', climbing up to a lofty sixth position in League One. Managers often stress that the team's position after ten games gives a good indication as to how the whole season will unfold, and, while Johnson quickly sought the fire escape after leaving his team languishing in a relegation mire at this stage last year, Russell Slade continues to please everyone with his new ideas, as Yeovil now aspire to the play-offs.
Yeovil showed that they meant business from the very beginning. Just after Marcus Stewart's drive from 15 yards forced Crewe keeper, Ben Williams, into making an early save, Williams was impressively alert to Arron Davies' snapshot, diving quickly to his left to foil the Welshman. Davies, having been put through in the clear, didn't take full advantage of the situation, as his delay in shooting simply allowed defenders to crowd round him and narrow the goal.
Yeovil's best manoeuvre came on 8 minutes, when Chris Cohen, out on the left flank, found Jean-Paul Kalala in space on the right, who in turn delivered an accurate cross for Stewart at the far post. Stewart rose well to the ball and headed it across goal for Lee Morris, but his close-range connection was again kept out by the busy Williams. Minutes later, Crewe almost punished Yeovil for their missed chances, as, first Rodney Jack scuffed his shot from a dangerous position 12 yards out, and then Nicky Maynard's close-range header forced Steve Mildenhall into his first save of the match.
Between speculative efforts from Stewart, whose 20-yard lob sailed narrowly over the bar, and Cohen, whose sweetly struck drive from 25-yards - bound for the top-right corner - was saved, Davies was again the culprit of spurning yet another golden opportunity, as he shot narrowly wide, after being gifted possession from an awful clearance by Williams. Crewe reminded Yeovil that they were still in the game with a couple of measured attacks, Michael O'Connor firing wide, first with a volley from an acute angle, and then with a low-shot from 15 yards.
Ironically, Mildenhall had to be at his finest in response to a rather unnecessary back-pass from Terry Skiverton. But to Yeovil's good fortune, the slapstick moment was to occur at the other end instead. On the stroke of half-time, Arron Davies' corner was palmed into the net by Crewe keeper Ben WILLIAMS, who was seemingly under no pressure whatsoever!