Yeovil started the second half by playing keep-ball, after eight minutes they
put together a serious attack. Kevin Gall broke through the Darlington
defence but his shot was blocked and Edwards, following up, could only blast over
the bar. Minutes later Gall broke down the right and found El Kholti with space
in the Darlington box. But the Yeovil man took far too long to control the
ball and then missed his shot.
Gall seemed to be through as he latched onto Williams' through-ball, but this
time the offside flag was up. Given Gall's speed that must be a cardinal sin.
Linesmen rarely watch the back line when the ball is played and many poor
decisions are made. But Gall needs to take account of that, relying on speed
rather than timing.
Although the Darlington attacks were poor, and few and far between, there was
always a nervous air around the Yeovil contingent of the 4892 crowd. The
alarm bells rang loud as Valentine charged from the halfway line to unleash a
powerful shot from outside of the Yeovil box. But, despite this being Darlington's
best effort, the shot drifted wide of Weale's right-hand post. Yeovil's best
second half effort fell to Adam Lockwood. He met Johnson's corner with a
header, but, like most of Yeovil strikes, was off target and the ball dropped over
the Darlington crossbar.
If a Darlington score was ever a reality they would need to beat a Yeovil
defence was masterful, despite the odd scare, Weale was rarely called into action
. Skiverton has returned to the heart of the Yeovil defence as if he has never
been away. Rodrigues, now playing his best football, has benefited most from
Both managers made the, almost, obligatory substitutions and as if to signal
his intentions, and the disregard for the Darlington attack, Johnson replaced
Rodrigues with Terry who slotted into the midfield as Yeovil switched to a
Stansfield replaced Edwards, but there was little change on the goal-scoring
front. Stansfield soon beat the Darlington defence, but the Yeovil attack just
petered out. Minutes later the Darlington keeper was to thwart the Yeovil
attack, tipping a Stansfield shot round a post. At the other end Pluck needed to
be on hand to head off the line as a Darlington corner flew in.
As the game edged toward 90 minutes Lee Johnson put The Gaffer's intentions
into effort on the field: but he failed to find Stansfield in a great position
with what should have been a relatively easy pass. Minutes later he linked well
with Gall but his shot flew wide.
Underling Yeovil's performance the Yeovil crowd whistled for the end of the
game, reflecting their nervousness, and their disapproval of the afternoon's
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Darlington 0.
Despite three points: a below par performance in front of Yeovil's lowest
home league crowd of the season. If The Gaffer's spending power depends on the
size of home gates, he'd better spend any money now before the Board change
their mind. Not convincing, and definitely not entertaining.
MOTM Vote Result:
|Abdelhalim El Kholti
Overall match rating: 4.7 / 10
50 votes received.