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Season 2005-2006 : Yeovil Town v Bristol City : Saturday 31st December 2005
Football League One : Yeovil Town 1 - 1 Bristol City

Venue: Huish Park
Sat 31st Dec 2005, 12pm kick-off.

Conditions: Heavy rain for much of the game
Pitch: Good

Scorers: David Poole (3, 1-0), Matthew Heywood (50, 1-1)

Attendance: 9,178 (including 1,500 City fans)

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)
Assistants: Guy Beale (Somerset); Kevin Pike (Dorset)
Fourth official:

Yeovil: Colin Miles (39, foul), David Poole (56, dissent), Scott Guyett (58, foul)
Bristol City: Matthew Heywood (71, dissent), Craig Woodman (82, foul)

Team Line-Ups

Yeovil Town : (4-4-2)
13. Steven Collis
12. Kevin Amankwaah 4. Terry Skiverton 5. Colin Miles 11. Nathan Jones
18. David Poole 7. Paul Terry 8. Lee Johnson 29. Chris Cohen
10. Phil Jevons 20. Matt Harrold

Subs: 1. Chris Weale (GK) 9. Kevin Gall (70, for Poole) 14. Andy Lindegaard 17. Scott Guyett (43, for Miles) 22. Pablo Bastianini (87, for Jevons)

Bristol City : (4-4-2)
28. Adriano Basso
17. Bradley Orr 4. Matthew Heywood 6. Louis Carey 15. Craig Woodman
11. David Cotterill 12. Alex Russell 29. David Noble 7. Scott Murray
9. Steve Brooker 30. Bas Savage

Subs: 1. Steve Phillips (GK) (74, for Basso) 10. Marcus Stewart (78, for Savage) 14. Luke Wilkshire 21. Cole Skuse (83, for Noble) 32. Marc Joseph

Jeremy Gear's Match Report

Back in the summer, when the fixture lists were published, Yeovil supporters looked eagerly in anticipation for two games, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City at home, probably in that order. However, following Gary Johnsons’ decision to make the move across Somerset and into Bristol, this game took on an extra edge and could not come quickly enough!

A lot of City fans for some reason do not share the same enthusiasm as the Glovers faithful in calling this a local derby, reflected maybe in their subdued manner before kick off, although you guess that the weather may have had something to do with this as they got a little damp in the unforgiving Copse Road End, Yeovil fans too, for the second derby in a week took a while to find full voice, ironically, the first chorus was the old trusted verse of “hey Gary Johnson” as the little man walked, a little uncomfortably, onto the Huish Park pitch for the first time since his controversial departure. He politely acknowledged both sets of supporters, and, under the circumstances, the reception and response was both dignified and respectful from both parties.

If he was uncomfortable then, he must have been virtually suicidal moments later because with only a couple of minutes on the clock Yeovil took the lead. City lost possession easily in midfield, Harrold got a ball across the box and David Poole picked up on it, turned, shot, and the ball nestled into the far corner to awaken the home element amongst the 9,178 and ignite New Years Eve celebrations exactly 12 hours early. Johnson surely, must have looked for that proverbial hole in the ground - Johnson surely, would also have taken the opportunity to swap dug outs and get back into the comfort zone, for he must have been woefully embarrassed to see his new charges look totally out of their depth against a hungry and free flowing Yeovil. The Glovers, on the back of a thrashing at Tranmere, rang the changes, Skiverton replaced Sodje at the back and lined up alongside Miles in the heart of defence. There is something reassuring about seeing those two together. Guyett started on the bench, Sodje surprisingly not in the squad, another surprise was seeing Bastianini back as sub…was this a fairy tale story just waiting to happen?

Yeovil were certainly on their game and firing, whether the motivation was getting one over the old Gaffer, or impressing the new one in Mr Webb only they will know, but for all their effort, you have to say that this game should have been wrapped up and put out of sight long, long before the half time whistle. Jevons tried his luck from 25 yards, and then he tried from 10 following good work down the left by Amankwaah and Poole, Harrold saw Adriano Basso save his two shots in rapid succession, before another long range effort from Chris Cohen rained in. Poole looked like he had a point to prove, and his jinking run into the box, again was thwarted by the impressive Basso, just a shame he can’t kick!

The game was all Yeovil, City restricted to breakaway chances only, and following a corner that came out to Paul Terry, his instant cross was met by the head of Phil Jevons but his effort glanced wide. On 35 minutes Johnson then fed Cohen, Basso saved again before Johnson, who was always involved, tried to score himself, but his powerful shot from 30 yards was slightly off cue.

Bristol City’s biggest threat seemed to be coming down the left from the tricky winger Scott Murray, although it looked like his game was over just before half time when he was clattered from behind by Colin Miles, who appeared to lead with his elbow and earned himself a booking. Murray left the field with a head wound and never made it back until half time. Miles on the other hand, left the pitch a few minutes later assisted by the physio, and was later seen leaving the stadium by Ambulance, hopefully nothing more than just a check up following his earlier clash which may have left him concussed - Scott Guyett his replacement

Half-time: Yeovil Town 1 - 0 Bristol City

The second half started as the first finished, albeit it had stopped raining, Johnson was fouled on the edge of the box, and in a dangerous position Jevons and the former messed up what should normally be a routine free kick. Jevons seemed undecided whether to pass or shoot, in the end his short pass was overhit.

Cohen, Harrold and Terry than combined, but once again Basso was on hand to keep his team intact - and then it happened, as you knew it would! From what must have been City's first corner, the cumbersome Matt Heywood rose the highest and his towering header was helped over the line by Lee Johnson, who was left helpless to stop it. That goal changed the game, and although Yeovil still had the lions share of possession, the Glovers looked a little deflated, short of belief and almost predictable in their play, The Robins though drew confidence from the equaliser, and looked a far better side than their first half shambolic performance…my how Yeovil should have taken advantage back then!

Steve Brooker was then denied by Steve Collis, making a fine reaction save to the captain’s effort, and then Skiverton had the chance to regain the initiative. Paul Terry battled away to win a corner and the home team captain saw his well met header just miss the top corner. Poole, who had a great first half picked up an unnecessary booking by throwing the ball away, was subbed a few minutes later, and Kevin Gall was introduced to the fray, surely his pace would unsettle a revitalized City rearguard?

Skiverton and Jones swapped passes, and the Welshman had a stab at goal. His well struck shot was smothered but not held by Basso and as Harrold rushed in the keeper was caught and lay spread-eagled on the deck. The trainer rushed on, immediately she signalled for the doctor and the medics, Basso looked badly hurt – but as they treated the keeper, he popped up as quickly as he popped down just like a jack in a box…if they could sell those smelling salts they’d be on to a winner! As Steve Phillips stripped down and came onto the pitch as the substitute goalie, Basso refused to leave, he struggled with all and sundry before being dragged down the tunnel like a truant being taken back to class. Goalkeepers they say, have to be slightly mad…confirmation here for all to see! To be fair to Basso, he kept his team in the game in the first half and City fans will raise a glass to him tonight, although if they raise too many they know where to find an instant pick me up.

Skiverton came to the rescue at the other end, Scott Murray was tackled well as he looked menacing surging forward, and then following a bout of head tennis deep in the city half, Guyett could have won the game for the home side. Eventually Yeovil got the ball down on the deck, and as Jones and Johnson exchanged passes, Guyett was set up on the edge but the centre half's’ shot was just that, and sailed high and wide into the Westland stand. The last chance of the game was created by Gall, who for the first time in the game ran at pace and tore through City as he did at Charlton almost a year ago, his shot was blocked, like at the Valley but unfortunately it was cleared to safety rather than into the path of a Yeovil attacker.

And so the game ended, one apiece. City no doubt will be happier with the point than Yeovil, who will be encouraged with the first half performance, but concerned about the second and the inability to take control of a game. Yeovil lacked a killer instinct. Dave Webb, whose already stated he won’t interfere with the playing side, won’t suffer fools gladly neither! A New Year - A new dawn?

Jeremy Gear

MOTM Vote Result:

Player MOTM Score
Matt Harrold 10 465
Lee Johnson 12 435
Terry Skiverton 6 406
Kevin Amankwaah 2 118
David Poole 2 118
Colin Miles 1 65
Scott Guyett 1 35

Overall match rating: 7.1 / 10
Performance: 7
Entertainment: 7.2

34 votes received.

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Full-time: Yeovil Town 1 - 1 Bristol City
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