Five minutes into the second half, it was becoming obvious that things were not going to be going quite as smoothly
as planned. With the wind now against Yeovil, Southend had come out with a far more organised attitude to their game,
and were finally managing to get routes out of their own half.
Former Barnet midfielder Mark Gower, who had an anonymous first half, seemed to be the main playmaker and his
runs started to keep Andrejs Stolcers and Paul Terry far deeper than they had been in the first half. Significantly
though, refereee Fletcher seemed to also come out with a different attitude, taking little account of the weather
conditions and yellow carding anything that moved - a world away fro his first half hour in charge. Of note was
Kevin Maher's booking, for mouthing off after Fletcher had awarded a free kick against him for high feet.
Perhaps ironically, after all of the set pieces the Glovers had during the first half, it was Southend who equalised
with one of the few that the home side had conceded. Maher floated a ball across, and central defender and top scorer
Adam BARRETT headed home from close range to put the Shrimpers back in it.
With their tails up, Gower and Gray began to run the show, and there were certainly fears that after so much
domination that Yeovil could lose this game at the death. Gray could have put Southend 2-1 up but for an incredible save
by Chris Weale, who had to react to a team-mate's deflection from Gray's shot, superbly tipping the ball round the
post for the save of the match.
Gary Johnson decided that Yeovil's right flank were no longer as dominant as they should be, and decided to
test Southend's resolve with some pace - Andy Lindegaard and Kevin Gall sent on to examine just how fit Southend's
wide men were. Six minutes later, Johnson was to get his answer.
Last week, Yeovil got the break they needed at Darlington via a sending off and a Lee Johnson free kick. This
week it was a case of deja vu. Gavin Williams went on a weaving run and when Kevin Maher clipped the back of the
Yeovil winger's ankles, Fletcher ran out of players to give yellow cards to and dished out his first red,
completely missing the Southend skipper's act of sarcasm in shaking the referee by his hand for his decision.
From the free kick, Yeovil finally got what they needed from a set-piece but it was from an unlikely source.
As Johnson floated the ball in, Scott GUYETT chested the ball down with grace, and then lashed the
ball home from eight yards, celebrating with enthusiasm his first ever Football League goal and to restore
Yeovil's lead slightly against the run of play.
Straight from the kick-off, a dejected looking Southend lost the ball, and Yeovil fed Kevin Gall, who left
Mark Gower standing still as he hammered down the right wing and delivered yet another peach of a cross for
Bartosz TARACHULSKI to splash into the mud and head the ball home. In less than two minutes, the course
of the game had been totally changed.
To be fair to Southend, they never looked that far behind Yeovil in their footballing pedigree, and there
could have been a few nervy last minutes when Mark Bentley stuck the same crossbar Jevons had struck in the first
half, but thankfully no such worries arose and Yeovil ran out with a comfortable victory.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 7.35 / 10
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