Whatever he said at half time worked, Yeovil were back in it straight away when David Poole, who started his first game since the opening day of the season finished superbly, drilling in Lee Johnson’s pass with precision low into the Barnsley net. Poole had a poor first half and he can blame ring rustiness for that, but like any player, sometimes a goal can be a turning point. Hopefully for Poole, and for Yeovil – this was it!
Yeovil were now beginning to play with a renewed belief, and Chris Cohen, superb all game, almost scored a stunning second but his long range lob narrowly missed the left upright fooling most in the ground to thinking it had gone in. They didn’t have long to wait, and like Christmas, the goal was coming. Nathan Jones, who looked a different player in the second half roared forward, he exchanged passes with Lee Johnson and carried his run deep into the Barnsley half before unleashing a ferocious shot that was superbly saved by the impressive Scott Flinders. From the corner Chris Cohen’s shot from the edge of the box was blocked, but the ball fell kindly to Efe Sodje whose first time header squirmed under the flailing hand of Flinders to put Yeovil deservedly ahead on 71 minutes.
The Glovers had the chances to extend their lead and put the game beyond doubt, Jevons shot over following another opening carved up by Johnson, but all the hard work was nearly undone when Paul Terry’s backpass, on for David Poole, put Collis under pressure and his poor clearance landed at the feet of sub Matt Carbon but his first time lob just fell the wrong side, or the right side of the bar if you are Yeovil fan.
Matt Harrold then had the perfect chance to seal the victory, released by Jones he bore down on goal and had only the keeper to beat, he will be disappointed not to have scored, he had the option to chip the advancing keeper, or take it wide following his dive, but he took the chance too early and the keeper smothered well. Harrold though deserved the goal. He is now looking like the principal striker and a consistent run of games will do his learning curve the power of good. Steve Thompson has heaped praise on him this week and has said there is plenty of potential within. Today his work rate was terrific, he led the line well and one or two efforts in the first half could on another day have gone in. If you could work on one thing with him in training this week you’d be telling him to get across his defender quicker in attacking situations, to attack the ball and make it his own…the Prince may be raw, but he’s beginning to cook nicely.
As the final whistle eventually blew, following what seemed like double the three minutes of added time, you could feel the palpable relief in and around Huish Park. Whilst lots of positives came out of this game, there is still plenty to work on. But it’s easier to work on them following two morale lifting victories. With the festive season approaching, maximum points from the home games, and maybe a couple from the two up north would be the perfect present for Thommo and his evolving team to take into 2006.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 7.5 / 10
47 votes received.
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