Teacups, or hand grenades were obviously exchanged during the break because the Glovers came out looking like a different side, and slightly different they were too as Matt Harrold had been replaced up front by Kevin Gall, and at the back Liam Fontaine who looked a little out of sorts today made way for Colin Miles – and it worked!
In the 47th minute Yeovil signalled their intent, and it was Gall who made the goal, he picked up the ball down the left channel and picked out
Lee JOHNSON who "rose" above the Huddersfield defence to score with his head. Kevin Gall said afterwards "The gaffer just wanted me to go on
and run in behind the defence and cause a bit of a threat, and I did that, I think it was Nath (Jones) who played me in , I turned and Johno
had made a great run, I spotted him quite early and put the ball in the danger area trying to pick him out and he nodded home. The last time he
did that was also against Huddersfield on their last visit to Somerset."
Yeovil now looked a different team, a ball into the box found Bastianini and Jevons going for the same ball but the two got in each others way, Nathan “stepover” Jones began to find space down the left and his telling crosses into the box were not finding a hooped shirt and Huddersfield were clearing with ease. Pablo then squared to Gall who was slow to react and the chance was gone. Another high ball into the box missed everyone but Skiverton picked up the looseball wide on the left, his first time cross found the head of Bastianini but his header was straight at the keeper.
By now Yeovil were having the better of the half, although they were getting the ball into the box quickly Huddersfield were mopping up most of the threat, with the ability we have on the ball you really wanted Yeovil to be a bit patient in the build up and vary the tactics slightly. We were, to be pedantic a little bit predictable, even the corners could have done with a bit of variation. You really felt, and to pinch a phrase from an old manager, that we needed to be a little more clever in and around the box to really test the opposition.
For all their possession Yeovil still looked vulnerable to the Huddersfield attack. On one occasion we saw the best and the worst of Chris Weale, following his nasty injury last week he made a terrific brave save as he rushed out at the feet of an attacker, but then moments later it was heart in your mouth time as he received a short backpass from Skiverton, he did
the hard bit and collected the ball, but failed to clear and as it bounced around an attacker almost latched on and embarrassed the Yeovil no 1.
As the game reached its final 15 minutes, Bastianini, who blew hot and cold was replaced by Arron Davis. The Welshman blew hot straight away and a great run and shot from 20 or so yards made the keeper work hard to keep his effort out.
Terry Skiverton, bandaged up again, pushed up front to lend his support, although such was Huddersfield’s organisation Andy Booth tracked back to mark him. Booth, if and when his legs go will make a great central defender as he gave Skivvo no room at all.
The equaliser never came and Yeovil lost their second league game on the trot, in a highly entertaining game though, a draw would have been a fair result and was the least Yeovil deserved. With Sodje coming back, and Colin Miles looking assured at the back in the second half, the defence is ok, the only worrying bit that Steve Thompson will have tonight is his front line, full of promise but not quite clicking!
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Overall match rating: 7.5 / 10
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