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Season 2005-2006 : Yeovil Town v Swansea City : Saturday 7th October 2005
Football League One : Yeovil Town 1 - 0 Swansea City

Venue: Huish Park
Sat 7th Oct 2005, 12.30pm kick-off.

Conditions: Damp, mild
Pitch: Good but greasy

Scorers: Terry Skiverton (39, 1-0)

Attendance: 7,578 (including 1,500 Swansea fans)

Referee: Dermot Gallagher (Oxfordshire)
Assistants: Guy Beale (Somerset); Mark Warren (West Midlands)
Fourth official: Keith Stroud (Dorset)

Yeovil: None
Swansea: Leon Britton (56, foul), Alan Tate (61, foul), Marcus Bean (88, foul), Roberto Martinez (90, dissent)

Team Line-Ups

Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)
1. Chris Weale
12. Kevin Amankwaah 4. Terry Skiverton 16. Efetobore Sodje 27. Liam Fontaine
7. Paul Terry 6. Darren Way 8. Lee Johnson 10. Phil Jevons
20. Matt Harrold 22. Pablo Bastianini

Subs: 2. Adam Lockwood 5. Colin Miles (57, for Fontaine) 9. Kevin Gall (73, for Harrold) 11. Nathan Jones (45, for Terry) 13. Steven Collis (GK)

Swansea City :
27. Willy Gueret 5. Alan Tate 22. Izzy Iriekpen 16. Garry Monk 3. Kevin Austin 7. Leon Britton 6. Roberto Martinez 29. Marcus Bean 18. Andy Robinson 10. Lee Trundle 11. Adrian Forbes

Subs: 1. Brian Murphy (GK) 4. Kristian O'Leary 20. Marc Goodfellow (45, for Robinson) 8. Kevin Nugent (45, for Forbes) 21. Ijah Anderson (85, for Nugent)

Jeremy Gear's Match Report

Captain Courageous sinks the Swans

Steve Thompson, now officially Yeovil Town's new Manager, started where his unofficial reign left off with another superb three points, this time against the league leaders. Buoyed by the terrific welcome he received prior to kick off, Thompson looked more than comfortable and at home in his dugout. There is, for some reason, something more reassuring seeing the boss dressed for action rather than suited and booted as his predecessor, who was sat in the stands, often preferred.

Following his successful role as caretaker, he was praised midweek by his chairman who was more than impressed by his new man's quick decision making at Scunthorpe, a decision which effectively won the game and probably secured him the role. Thompson had decisions to make today as well and kept faith with Matt Harrold up front following his little purple patch of late, with Arron Davies away with the Welsh U-21’s it meant a return to the starting line up for Paul Terry. Kevin Gall had recovered from his hamstring pull and returned to the bench along with Nathan Jones, Phil Jevons took the vacant left hand side berth.

This fixture always has an exciting edge, it’s not a derby but it feels like one, probably due to the terrific support Swansea always bring. They were almost silenced in the first few minutes though when Bastianini applied his trademark effort from the halfway line but on this occasion his shot had the legs but not the accuracy. Seconds later it was Swansea who attacked through Leon Britton, the tricky little player’s well struck shot was fortunately deflected to safety.

After a good start by both sides it was Yeovil who took the game by the scruff of the neck, some great close control by Pablo and then a cute pass into Jevons path almost broke the deadlock, but the scouser's shot just went wide. Jevons had another chance a bit later when Amankwaah tore down the wing and pulled his cross back to the penalty spot but this time he found the target but his header was saved comfortably by Willy Gueret in the Jacks goal.

One thing that has been commented on lately regarding the step up in levels is that the strikers are unforgiving, and with Lee Trundle, who Thompson said later is one of the best players outside the Premiership, Sodje and Skiverton in the heart of defence had to be equally unforgiving, and they were. None more than typified when the Nigerian made a great tackle in the Swansea box on the big centre forward and cleared the danger.

It’s early days as far as Thommo is concerned, but his hardest battle has already been won, he has the undeniable support of his players… if only the Swede could say the same. The work rate (Yeovil’s not England's) was high in evidence, especially when Pablo raced back to the full back position and helped his defence. It was Pablo who instigated a little towards the first goal on 39 minutes when he was fouled midway in the Swans half. Lee Johnson’s free kick was cleared for a corner, and from that little Johnno whipped in an inswinging cross that had the captains’ name on it. Terry SKIVERTON is playing the football of his life this season - in both boxes. Fresh from his six stitches the previous week Skivvo showed no fear and his strength, aggression and bravery were rewarded when he headed home into the bottom right hand corner to score what turned out to be the winner.

“I’ve nearly had my face kicked off these last few games," the skipper joked ruefully after the match. "I got a fat lip at Southend, stitches last week, another fat lip today and a cut on my forehead, I’ve got to stop putting my head in there ‘cos I’ll have no face left by the time I finish playing football. This time, as I got my head in for the goal I’ve been kicked again, it was worth it but my girlfriend's gonna leave me ‘cos I’m getting uglier and uglier!”

As the first half drew to a close, Paul Terry made a fantastic tackle in his own box, Andy Robinson had skipped past Skiverton and Amankwaah and Terry timed his interception perfectly, anything other and he would have probably have conceded a penalty. It would have been harsh on Yeovil to have gone in with anything other than a deserved lead.

Half-time: Yeovil Town 1 - 0 Swansea City

Paul Terry, injured in the first half made way for Nathan Jones in the second, Swansea too rang the changes with big Kevin Nugent coming on, probably to try and unsettle Yeovil's rocks at the back. It failed. Marc Goodfellow also came on, and it was he who proved to be more of a threat giving Swansea a different dimension.

Lee Johnson, minutes into the second half, almost increased Yeovil's lead with a terrific free kick hit with ferocious power. Gueret got behind it but could only beat the ball out. Harrold, who never got much change out of the Swans backfour released Jones down the right, Jones though is predominately left footed and by the time he’d checked back onto his preferred leg the defence had caught up and the danger was cleared.

It was now time for the Welshmen to pick up the tempo, Trundle showed terrific footwork to skin Skiverton for the first time as he tore into the box, fortunately for Yeovil, and underlining their super workrate, Amankwaah was on hand to assist his skipper and mop up. Trundle then had his first real chance, Marc Goodfellow was sent clear and his well struck shot was well saved by Weale, but the loose ball fell kindly to Trundle in acres of space, but for once his control let him down and he failed to take advantage. Britton then shot straight at Weale, and Goodfellow again had a go but he skewed his effort wide.

Matt Harrold made way for Kevin Gall, probably to inject a bit of pace into the Yeovil attack in an attempt to stretch the back four, Jevons reassumed his centre forward role and Gall went to his customary right flank, seconds after the change Sodje gave away a free kick, and in an ideal position Trundle stepped up but his well struck attempt flew inches over the bar, Trundle again was involved when a poor Weale clearance found him in space on the left, he whipped in a fine cross that flew across the face of goal but no one was on hand to convert, Britton crossed again but this time Nugent’s control and first touch let him down when in a dangerous position and Weale collected with ease.

As the fourth official held the board aloft and signalled four minutes of injury time, for all Swansea’s possession you just knew Yeovil were going to hang on, and they did admirably. Skiverton said after the game, “I think a lot of the teams come here sometimes and think they are going to overpower us and bully us out of a result, but you know that’s not the case. At home we’re a strong team and last year we made this home ground a fortress and we’ve got to keep that going now. We don’t want teams to come here and think they can just turn us over or else we’ll end up being right down the bottom of the league, so today I thought after letting those goals in last Saturday (at Scunthorpe) we did great to keep a clean sheet and win with the boring 1-0!”

This game was certainly not a boring one nil, it moved the Glovers up eight places to eighth, and with Gillingham away next week and Notts Forest at home in a fortnight, Steve Thompson has certainly got his troops primed for another fascinating couple of weeks!

Credit to Yeovil and especially to John Fry, a few weeks of turmoil and potential doom and gloom is over. With these two at the helm, who's to say that together, they can lead Yeovil in to the Championship…if you can beat the pacesetters, you can beat anyone!

Jeremy Gear

MOTM Vote Result:

Player MOTM Score
Terry Skiverton 40 802
Efe Sodje 7 407
Lee Johnson 1 157
Darren Way 1 143
Kevin Amankwaah 2 107
Phil Jevons 1 43
Liam Fontaine 2 39
Paul Terry - 39
Matt Harrold - 39
Pablo Bastianini 1 25

Overall match rating: 7.8 / 10
Performance: 8.1
Entertainment: 7.5

56 votes received.

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Full-time: Yeovil Town 1 - 0 Swansea City
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