GJ and his Sunshine band get a point and a clean sheet at the KC!
The Hull MC read the teams out, he then introduced each stand one by one and the home supporters roared with approval “Welcome Yeovil Town” he said “You are in the KC Stadium” with the aggression even Shere Khan, the Jungle Book tiger would have been proud of!
Without doubt he’d whipped the crowd into a frenzy, and as always the large travelling contingent from Yeovil responded, if his ploy was to intimidate, he was wasting his time on this hardy bunch, “we are the famous, the famous Yeovil” they cried, That Huish roar requested by the manager had indeed found its way up to Humberside! The KC stadium is a fantastic football arena, the sort of venue usually reserved for sporadic cup forays, Reading and Bolton spring to mind, but this time Yeovil were there on merit, playing in front of what must be the one of the biggest attendances, 14,367, home or away to watch the Glovers in a league game.
In truth, the stadium was worthy of a higher standard, would two of the tops teams show the kind of performance to suggest they were of that calibre too? Most certainly, this was one of those enthralling nil-nil’s, with both sides contributing to an excellent, pulsating game of football.
The one shock for Yeovil was that Darren Way was forced to miss the game through an injury apparently picked up on the training ground. Paul Terry, living up to his utility man tag filled in, with Hugo Rodrigues being drafted back in to the centre of defence, allowing new dad Adam Lockwood to move to his more familiar right back spot.
The game started lively, Terry hit a long range effort over the bar after 4 minutes, before Marc Joseph got slightly closer down the other end with an overhead kick from a corner, Chris Weale then gifted Ben Burgess a gilt edged chance when he skewed his clearance straight into the path of the big centre forward, who hit his shot wide and high when really he should have done better. Nick Crittenden couldn’t hit the target, again from distance, before big Hugo made a great tackle on a Hull forward to stop his advances. Crittenden then made a surging run down the left, his dangerous cross was flicked away at the far post for a corner which came to nothing. It was then Gavin Williams’s turn to try his luck, a mazy, rousing run finished in a shot just wide. Jason Price, the Hull right-winger was beginning to cause all sorts of problems down the Yeovil left, he did the hard bit, but again, like all before couldn’t direct his shot goal wards. It took nearly 30 minutes before the first real shot on target came, and it was a great effort from Jake Edwards who forced Paul Musselwhite into a good save, pushing the ball out for a corner.
The best chance of the half then fell to Hull, danger man Price again weaved his way down his right before sending in a wicked low ball across the face of goal but Burgess couldn’t get on the end of it to poke the ball home for a certain goal. Another chance fell to Stuart Elliott just before half time but he too, had left his shooting boots at home.