Darren Way was brought on at half time to try and get to grips with a Swansea side that were at that stage
firmly in control of the game. Paul Terry switched notionally to a right-back position as Adam Lockwood came off,
although in truth Terry's forward pushes meant that he was virtually operating as a wing-back throughout the half.
Way's presence seemed to make the difference in terms of what Yeovil were lacking and Yeovil attacked far more
authoratively throughout the half. Kevin Gall nearly scored a spectacular goal when he looped a volley over the
bar five minutes after the restart. Gavin Williams, who was being baited persistently by Swansea fans throughout
the game, volleyed from 15 yards but Freestone parried for a corner.
Swansea's attacks were now rare, and an Andy Robinson free kick was about as close as they'd come, with his
curling strike going comfortably wide of the target. It was therefore somewhat of a surprise when Swansea extended
their lead. A fairly scuffed corner kick by Maylett seemed to take the Yeovil defence by surprise and Karl CONNOLLY
stabbed the ball home from close range, leaving a pair of Yeovil players running to the bench for fresh instructions
from an animated Gary Johnson.
Cue the unexpected Yeovil revival. Perhaps Swansea thought they had the game already tied up, but Welshmen Gall
and Williams had other ideas, and a short cross by Gall found Gavin WILLIAMS who managed to hook the ball
past Freestone to pull it back to 2-1 leaving Kirk Jackson to race back to the centre spot clutching the ball to
declare Yeovil's intentions.
Williams got in a diving header from a right-wing cross but Freestone saved comfortably as Yeovil had Swansea
pushed firmly back into their own half. And with just a minute left Kevin GALL looked to have brought a deserved
point home as he nodded home the ball from six yards after a Lee Johnson throw-in had been flicked on by Colin Pluck.
Swansea looked shell-shocked as the 1,000 away supporters were in delirium.
The snag was that there were still three minutes of injury time to play, and Swansea struck back within a minute.
Sometimes Yeovil's attacking attitude deserves a great deal of credit and it has won the Glovers many a game where
a draw seemed to be on the cards. Just sometimes though, you wish that we could take what we've earnt, and that was
one of those moments. From a Yeovil free kick, Swansea broke away down the right wing, and with the majority of
the Yeovil defence still making their way back from an attacking free kick, in went the right wing cross and
Lee TRUNDLE volleyed home to give Swansea a victory that they looked to have thrown away.
Despite the referee extending the additional time to five minutes, following some fairly blatant Swansea timewasting,
Yeovil couldn't get back the point that their second half performance had deserved, and they were left kicking themselves
that they didn't settle for the 2-2 draw.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 7.2 / 10
19 votes received.
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