Seven minutes into the second half and Yeovil should have been awarded a cast iron penalty. Matt Harrold wide on the wings, came up against
Brentford defender Michael Turner. Turner semi-crouched trying to size up Harrold's next move, spreading his arms wide of his body to anticipate
Harrold's next move. Perhaps he didn't expect Harrold to whip the ball into the box instead of attempting to beat his man - the ball struck the
outstretched arm of Turner, and the away support all went up for the penalty, which mystifyingly referee Andy D'Urso failed to award. As mentioned
on Saturday, when you're not completely on form, what you do not need is for poor decisions to go against you and make your task doubly hard, but
at the moment, Yeovil Town can't buy a penalty for love nor money.
Ricky Newman took out Lee Johnson from behind without D'Urso taking an interest, only to immediately blow up for a spurious handball decision
against Efetobore Sodje on the edge of the opposite area. Thankfully Kevin O'Connor put the ball over the bar from the resultant free kick.
But on the hour mark, Yeovil's luck went from bad to worse as Chris Weale was red carded for a reckless challenge on Dudley Campbell. The pacey
striker had beaten the off-side trap but was chasing wide towards the corner flag. Wealey raced off his line, clearly taking the player out, but
D'Urso surprised many in the ground by giving a straight red, despite Kevin Amankwaah and Efetobore Sodje appearing to offer cover and Campbell being
closer to the corner flag than to the goal. Sadly Amankwaah's position inside the penalty box is not captured on the match video, and so D'Urso's
decision to raise the red card will have to stand. Wealey's challenge was undoubtedly headstrong and deserving of a yellow card, but the
actual decision made seemed harsh.
Steve Collis took over in goal, replacing Phil Jevons, and Yeovil had another mountain to climb. Steve immediately
got his gloves warmed by sharply saving Dudley Campbell's header from the resultant free kick. Two minutes later, Yeovil could have been
in real problems as Lloyd Owusu dug his studs into Steve Collis's thigh after the Yeovil replacement keeper had smothered a ball. Collis
recovered, and in reality Owusu should have been the one in problems, but D'Urso bottled the decision right in front of the home fans.
Certainly a far worse challenge than the one that saw Gavin Williams red carded at Lincoln last season.
However, eight minutes after Wealey's red card, incredibly Yeovil drew level. Matt Harrold, showing the kind of performance that will
surely grant him a starting place in Saturday's line-up, was climbed all over by a Brentford defender, from 25 yards out, and as Brentford lined up
a wall, Lee JOHNSON curled a free kick that slightly deflected off the outside of the wall and landed sweetly into the corner of the net
for Lee's third goal in his last five games. Yes - someone in the Yeovil Town line-up is on form when it comes to goals!
Brentford made a substitution to try and deal with their new problem with Isaiah Rankin brought on for Paul Brooker. The substitute made an instant
impact, putting the ball across the face of the Yeovil area, but an incoming Lloyd Owusu somehow missed a gaping goal and the ball trickled past the
Yeovil continued to give away a nail-biting number of free kicks on the edge of their area as they tried to defend out their valuable away point
and Brentford winger Jay Tabb forced Steve Collis into a brilliant one handed save as he curled one such attempt over the wall, but was denied
by the the Yeovil custodian as the ball went out for a corner.
Steve Thompson made two late substitutions to try and keep his ten players fresh with Matt Harrold replaced by Pablo Bastianini and Chris Cohen
making way for the more defensively minded Andy Lindegaard, who was making his first appearance for the Glovers since August. But on the whole, Yeovil
were playing deeper and deeper as time went on, although they still had two great chances to win it on the break. Kevin Gall forced home keeper
Stuart Nelson into a stunning save as he combined with Kevin Amankwaah on the right flank, with Gally's first time shot from Amankwaah's layoff almost
catching Brentford out. Then Pablo Bastianini received the ball from the opposite flank via Nathan Jones, only to find the keeper once again equal
to his attempt.
But with the minutes ticking down, Yeovil were to lose the game in the cruellest of manners, with an 88th minute goal deciding proceedings.
A corner from the right saw the Glovers semi-clear their lines, but only as far as Michael TURNER. He had all the time in the world to chest
the ball down inside the area and shape to shoot, before Terry skiverton belately sensed danger, but there were too many static players ball watching
and Turner was able to fire his shot into the bottom corner giving Steve Collis little chance. Sadly Yeovil couldn't muster another significant
attack on goal in the remaining two minutes, and so despite coming so close to victory let alone a draw, they ultimately went home with nothing.
So, another defeat - five in a row for the Glovers in the league. However unlike the FA Cup match at Walsall, and the League match against Oldham,
this was a far more encouraging display from the attacking side of the team. Matt Harrold won many aerial balls, took his goal well, and linked up
encouragingly with Kevin Gall. For that reason, I would hope to see both in the starting line-up on Saturday along with Phil Jevons.
It was a shame that a kamikaze opening 20 minute spell cost Yeovil the game so badly. But perhaps even positives can be taken from that mess of a start -
if the team still can mentally recover from a start like that on the back of a run of defeats, then perhaps they still have the strength and character
to turn around this loss of form before matters start to get truly serious.
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 6.75 / 10
8 votes received.
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