With the Glovers looking so comfortable, Tranmere manager Brian Little made a double substitution at half time, with the home side
reverting to a 4-4-2 with Calvin Zola being introduced as a big lanky forward. The Glovers looked distinctly uncomfortable with the new
challenge, and five minutes into the half Tranmere drew level as a Jason McAteer free kick found it's way tamely to Chris GREENACRE
who was able to turn his marker and shoot from a narrow angle into the top corner. 1-1 and Yeovil needed to steady the ship somewhat.
They didn't show early signs of being able to do that. A goalmouth melee resulted almost immediately, leaving Tranmere trying to scramble
the ball into the back of the net. With one blocked attempt failing to reach Steve Collis, the Yeovil keeper was left prone on the deck, but
fortunately the leg of Scott Guyett blocked the follow-up attempt by Daniel Harrison and the ball squirmed out for a corner.
Michael Jackson (presumably not the singer) cynically blocked an over the top ball through to Matt Harrold with his hand and thus got the
award for the most obvious yellow card award of the night. Lee Johnson took a clever short free kick on the back of the decision, setting up Phil Jevons in
clear space, but his shot was scuffed into the advertising boards. Next Chris Cohen also screwed the ball wide after superb build-up work by
Matt Harrold and Phil Jevons.
Scott Guyett stood up well to substitute Calvin Zola midway through the second half as he muscled the Tranmere striker off the ball when he was inside the
penalty area, using his strength to hold the ball, turn and head up field when in a position where it would have been all too easy to have fouled
him in attempts to get rid of the dangerous situation.
Jason McAteer landed in the book for disputing the referee's erratic decisions, but if he was complaining about the rub of the green Tranmere
were getting then he could have no complaints when referee Jon Ross gifted Tranmere the free kick that led to their second goal. David Poole
won about as clear a tackle as you could ever see, but Ross inexplicably awarded the home side a free kick on the edge of the area, and when
Gareth Roberts' free kick came off the underside of the bar, Calvin ZOLA was there to nudge the rebound over the line from close range.
That was the point at which the tide rapidly turned Tranmere's way as the Glovers fell apart. A shellshocked Glovers fell further behind just
two minutes later when Steve Davies produced a blocking tackle on Kevin Amankwaah, grabbed the loose ball and threaded a pass through to
Chris GREENACRE who slotted the ball home first time for his second goal of the night. 3-1 and the game had gone from level pegging to
almost out of sight inside two minutes.
Chris Cohen landed in the book for a wild tackle on Jason McAteer as Yeovil's composure began to crumble, and Steve Thompson responded by
making a triple substitution and switching Yeovil's tactics to a 3-4-3 to try and force the situation, with Arron Davies and Nathan Jones playing
as the wide men as Kevin Gall went up front.
But such moves to try and rescue the game can also leave you open at the back, and Chris GREENACRE claimed the match ball with four minutes
remaining as he got in behind a threadbare Yeovil defence. Despite the new formation keeping going until the end, they never really looked like
they were going to succeed. Rather like the match at Southend, the Glovers had lost the plot somewhat an hour into the match, and once they lost it
they lost it badly! Let's hope the next midweek night away game up the M6 doesn't turn up for many more years yet!
MOTM Vote Result:
Overall match rating: 5 / 10
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