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Yeovil 0-1 Town
Tuesday, 11th Mar 2014 21:55

Christophe Berra’s 40th minute goal saw Town to a 1-0 victory over Yeovil in their first ever visit to Huish Park. The Scottish international diverted Tommy Smith’s header from Stephen Hunt’s corner into the roof of the net to claim the Blues’ first away win of 2014.

Mick McCarthy handed Sylvan Ebanks-Blake his full league debut for Town in place of Paul Taylor in the Blues’ first ever game at Huish Park.

Luke Hyam, Paul Anderson and Hunt returned in midfield with Taylor, Paul Green and Jay Tabb amongst the subs and the injured Frank Nouble not travelling. Carlos Edwards and Teddy Bishop made the trip but were left out of the 18.

The home side won an early corner and after the ball was cleared, Tom Lawrence struck a powerful shot just past Dean Gerken’s left post.

On nine James Hayter hit an effort over from the edge of the box having been found by Lawrence, then Ishmael Miller saw a strike blocked with the home side on top in the opening stages.

Hunt crossed too close to Yeovil keeper Marek Stech, a one-time Town trialist, in the 13th minute with Ebanks-Blake lurking behind him. But the Glovers were still on top, Luke Ayling hitting a low shot through to Gerken two minutes later.

The Blues created their first significant chance of the game in the 20th minute when Anderson burst through the middle and found Daryl Murphy to his left but the Irishman sliced well wide much to the home fans’ amusement.

Just before the half hour, Cole Skuse smashed a half-volley well wide with the Blues starting to make some headway, albeit unconvincingly. On 35 Hyam was booked for a foul on Duane Holmes.

Anderson found Ebanks-Blake at the far post with a left-wing cross a minute later but the Town striker was unable to get in a header under pressure. The ball fell to Hunt, who shot wide.

The Blues were getting on top and in the 38th minute the lively Anderson played the ball into Murphy’s feet, he laid it back to Ebanks-Blake and his strike was blocked by Byron Webster.

Murphy headed the second of several successive Town corners wide but the pressure was building and from the fourth flagkick, the Blues went in front.

Hunt sent the ball over from the left and Smith’s header looked to be going beyond the far post until his central defensive partner Berra slammed it into the roof of the net for his fourth goal of the season.

Anderson shot well wide from distance soon after the goal but neither side looked like scoring again in the closing minutes of the first half.

Town came more into what had been a scrappy game as the period wore on and their first real spell of pressure led to Berra’s goal. Yeovil had started brightly, creating a number of early opportunities but faded as the Blues imposed themselves in the latter stages.

Yeovil made two changes up front at half-time, Kieffer Moore and Sam Hoskins replacing Miller, who had been a handful early on before presumably picking up an injury, and James Hayter.

Soon after the restart, Skuse saw a shot blocked, then at the other end Hyam similarly prevented Glovers midfielder Ruben Palazuelos’s strike. The half had started in the same scruffy manner as the first period with both sides looking to get the ball forward quickly at every opportunity.

Ebanks-Blake shot low to Stech in the 57th minute, then just before the hour mark Hunt was booked for a foul on Webster right in front of the technical area. Soon after, Jonny Williams replaced the Irishman, Town having been planning to withdraw Ebanks-Blake prior to Hunt’s booking.

Mings replaced Ebanks-Blake on 65, Cresswell moving to left midfield. Moments later, Williams curled a shot well over.

There was a scare for the Blues a minute later when Moore took down a ball over the top but the advancing Gerken forced him wide and then blocked his shot. Soon after, Yeovil midfielder Joe Edwards was booked for a dive midway in the Town half.

The Blues came close to a second in the 70th minute when Cresswell’s freekick from the left ran loose but neither Murphy nor Anderson could apply the decisive touch and Stech claimed.

As the game moved into its final 15 minutes the match was surprisingly open, the impressive Williams stumbling when he looked to have got behind the Yeovil backline, then Anderson missing a low cross from the left.

At the other end, Morgan headed over but from an offside position, however, overall the home side were looking short on ideas, sending in too many high balls which the Town defence headed away.

On 82 Murphy broke through the middle before feeding Anderson to his right but the winger screwed his shot well wide. Green replaced Anderson for the final five minutes.

Cresswell shot just wide, then Skuse took the ball to the edge of the box before hitting a low curling effort which Stech did well to push past his right post.

From Cresswell’s corner, Mings headed to the Yeovil keeper. As the game moved into four minutes of added time another Cresswell strike deflected wide.

Yeovil thought they’d equalised a minute later when sub Moore shot on the turn from the edge of the area but saw his shot hit the inside of the post and almost impossibly fly across the face of goal to safety.

Play quickly moved to the other end, Murphy bringing the ball to the edge of the box before hitting a low strike which Stech did well to push wide.

Despite the late scare, Town claimed their first away win of 2014, their most recent prior to that came on Boxing Day at Doncaster.

It was another typically attritional Championship game. Town came through Yeovil’s early spell on top, then took a chance once they were in control.

The Blues had the better of the game in the second half – Williams adding some quality when he was introduced - with Yeovil only really threatening once before Moore’s late strike against the post and in the end probably deserved the points, although Glovers fans will go home feeling somewhat unfortunate not to have grabbed a late draw.

With Reading and Brighton also both winning, the Blues remain in ninth, four points from the play-offs.

Yeovil: Stech, Ayling, Webster, Duffy, McAllister (c), Lawrence, Edwards, Palazuelos, Holmes (Morgan 730, Miller (Moore 46)), Hayter (Hoskins 46). Unused: Dunn, Twumasi, Lanzoni, Dawson.

Town: Gerken, Chambers (c), Cresswell, Berra, Smith, Skuse, Hyam, Anderson (Green 85), Hunt (Williams 62), Ebanks-Blake (MIngs 65), Murphy. Unused: Loach, Tabb, Richardson, Taylor. Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Att: 5,920 (Town: 1,091)

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BlueMachines added 21:59 - Mar 11
A 100% record at this ground!! Not many places we can say that about!!

rambohambo added 21:59 - Mar 11
Good win, but why mick did we go defensive with half an hour to go with just a 1 nil lead

KiwiTractor added 22:01 - Mar 11
Love that '3 point' feeling! Well done.

jas0999 added 22:03 - Mar 11
Good result, away win with a clean sheet. Surely not a reason to moan? Okay, I expected us to beat Yeovil ... But the team still had to deliver. It may not have benn pretty, but fairs fair guys ... We won the game, so the manager and players deserve credit tonight.

itfc_leggett added 22:05 - Mar 11
3 points is all you can really ask for and we've done that today so well done lads! The defence done well today against a physical side.

It was a shame not to see Taylor feature today but I thought Blake and murph done well especially with Williams sitting behind later on.

I said before the game I would like to see Mings at LB and Cressy at LM and it sounded like they done really well, especially cresswell who troubled them allot later on.

A similar line up to the one that finished the game tonight for Saturdays game should give Wigan a few problems!

3 More Points! COYB!

WickedBlue added 22:06 - Mar 11
Think MM might consider playing Cresswell on the left in midfield and Mings at Left back if the commentary was anything to go by. Also Williams in from the start. But I doubt it.

alexharban added 22:06 - Mar 11

ArnieM added 22:06 - Mar 11
Well played lads and a massive well done to the near 1k Town fans who made that long journey. Budgies take note Town fans are not glory hunters and remain loyal even in a decade plus if underachievement.


muccletonjoe added 22:09 - Mar 11
Better team on the field than saturday. Wil need to be better still against wigan but we are not without a chance. Get the feeling we might be returning to a bit of form. No coincidence Hyam back in team. Maybe our most important player.

warksonwater added 22:09 - Mar 11
Nice win against a plucky, battling side desperate for points and unbeaten in five. After Saturday's disappointment three points from two away doesn't look so bad.

warktheline added 22:10 - Mar 11
Stop moaning Rambo. Digging all the time. Look at the league table, that tells the story of our season to date. Predicted top 8, could I have underestimated Mick! The boys are aiming higher. Blueboy guess you won't sleep too well tonight.

TractorBoy666 added 22:11 - Mar 11
Expected us to beat Yeovil, so satisfied with this! Williams seems a good little player, one that could really help us on Saturday against a good Wigan side. All set up nicely at the moment now, amazing to see that we are still in the mix even with a few bad results. Was happy to see Anderson and Hunt starting on the wings rather than players out of position tonight too, well done!

Michael11 added 22:13 - Mar 11
Good win at a tricky place, especially after such a poor performance on Saturday. Really pleased that we've won for the 1,100 great fans that went such a long way to watch tonight so they deserve it. Think Taylor was unlucky to lose his place but it was nice to see Ebanks-Blake start. Think we probably should have played this side against Boro but never mind. Massive game against Wigan now!

RaymondovicBlue added 22:14 - Mar 11
Yeovil were poor and we huffed and puffed. mings FOR SEB typical of MMC substitutions ... was really looking forward to seeing Taylor live but pleasantly apprised Ruth Anderson tonight. my MOM I think, if not Smith or Cressy

bluefeast added 22:16 - Mar 11
Fantastic and with 11 games to go its interesting at the very least 20 points out 33 enough to make the play offs i reckon

RaymondovicBlue added 22:17 - Mar 11
(absolutely no atmosphere on the ground despite our good turn out. too open)

RaymondovicBlue added 22:19 - Mar 11
ruth = WITH. SORRY.... CAR not the smoothest on the Somerset roads

prebbs007 added 22:21 - Mar 11
Hyam our most important player ?? That's tongue in cheek surely ?? The guy is so far below championship standard it's frightening. He passes the ball backwards almost every time. Williams has to start against Wigan. We need creativity to open up Wigan and we have too little of that in the team. Hyam couldn't open up a bag of crisps let alone a defence that just won away to Man City. We still have a very remote chance of playoffs after this result. Well done lads. Keep the dream alive even if we are outsiders for top 6.

pinewoodblueboy added 22:23 - Mar 11
Well done to all. Much needed 3 points tonight. A bit of width to our lineup makes a lot of difference to the balance of the team. Big respect to the 1,000 plus Town fans at the game tonight.

riley26 added 22:25 - Mar 11
Yes Mings for Ebanks-Blake looks like parking the bus with half an hour to go, but Mings went to LB to allow Cresswell to operate on the wing. Williams had just come on and was sitting in behind Murphy, it was still essentially a 442/4411 situation and it seems we created far more chances and goal threat in that final 20 minutes with that system...

Regardless, a win is a win, was really essential tonight, I'm not one to normally say games are 'must win' or every game is a 'cup final', but...that really was a must win game and the next lot are all cup finals, huge games, if we are going to get top 6, we will definitely need to earn it by beating all those above us.

oddball added 22:25 - Mar 11
Wheres all the whinger losers now :-)

blueboy1981 added 22:28 - Mar 11
....... the usual munchkins are out early tonight - I wonder why ??? - had we lost we wouldn't have heard from them for 3 days at least, while they rehearsed there excuses (sorry, reasons).

A win is a win - well done for that everyone - 3 points is three points.

But let's not forget, it was poor little YEOVIL after all - shows how desperate our Club's plight has become when 'certain people' are almost orgasmic after a single goal win like this against such opposition.

Grateful for small mercies is certainly the ultimate under statement.


Langdon_Blue added 22:28 - Mar 11
That was a long second half. Glad we held on for all 3 points...33 more points to play for yet and nice to see clubs above us wobbled tonight and dropping points. Well done lads and MM.

PJewellisaGod added 22:28 - Mar 11
A good win and a good performance.
Thought Murphy, Skuse, Berra, Gerken, Chambers, Cresswell, Hunt and SEB were all particularly good today.
That left foot shot by the Yeovil sub at the end caused a bit of a scare- how it stayed out God only knows.
Long way to come for our first away win of 2014.
If we finish in the top 8 this season, we can consider it a really good season.

pegasus added 22:29 - Mar 11
Crikey. Getting on for 20% of the crowd came from Ipswich?

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