Not long into the second half Yeovil, who needed a goal quickly changed the formation but unfortunately not their fortunes. Jevons, who hasn’t gelled with Bastianini reverted to the left side of midfield, Davies came out to the right and Gall went down the middle…once again though the changes didn’t bear fruit and the Glovers rarely forced Chris Day into making a save. On the other hand, the under pressure Chris Weale made a fine stop when Paul Warne hit a terrific shot from 25 yards, Weale flung himself to his right and made a great finger tip save deflecting the ball around his post for a corner. Terry Skiverton was then on hand to keep his team in the game when Warne then turned provider releasing the perfect ball into Andy Liddell's stride but Skiverton managed to get a fine block in to stop him scoring.
The captain then had a fine chance up the other end to claw something back. Good work from Cohen again and his cross into the box found Skiverton who mishit his shot with the goal gaping, it summed up Yeovil’s day.
Following an appeal for what looked like a blatant handball in the box, Steve Thompson juggled his front men again to try and find the magic formula. Gall was taken off and Matty Harrold came on in his place. Harrold at least gave centre back Guy Branston something to think about. Harrold is not going to score 20 goals a season, but at least he is a physical handful and can drag defences around a bit. Harrold himself found himself in acres of space after 75 minutes and as raced towards the box, all that was needed was a cute pass into the path of anybody and the goal beckoned, but frustratingly for Yeovil there was a distinct lack of support and the opportunity was gone.
With Yeovil pressing forward they were exposed at the back and Chris Weale was fortunate late on when the gap between him and his defence was not exploited, from a back pass he was slow off his line and the Latics striker stealed in to capitalize but his shot bounced off the post and was cleared to safety.
On 80 minutes Bastianini was hauled down by the impressive Paul Edwards and from the resultant free kick, Phil Jevons saw his shot graze the side netting, fooling some in the Bartlett stand into thinking he had scored. Seconds later, there was a goal but it went to the visitors, an almost identical move to the first goal, Liddell again down the right pulled away and his pass once again found Warne and he put his side two up, and out of danger.
Yeovil, with the game gone resorted to three long range shots, but none of them forced a save from the keeper, in fact he was barely troubled all afternoon. Edwards was sent off late on for a reckless challenge on Amankwaah, but Yeovil had left it to late to take advantage of the extra man and they trudged off to a few boos at the end of the game.
With league action out of the way for 10 days, Yeovil now travel to Walsall for the FA Cup. Steve Thompson has his work cut out again this week, his main task is turning possession into goals, taking advantage when they are on top. At the moment Yeovil look vulnerable when they go behind, for the first time in a long time we’ve lost 4 games on the trot and its now time for the leaders to stand up and be counted…on the pitch. Today we didn't win the 50-50’s, and we never looked like we were in charge, in fact we looked low on confidence. We are not in trouble, not yet, but we could be if we don’t become more clinical, not just up front, but all over the field.
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Overall match rating: 3.9 / 10
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