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Glovers Plummet to Dismal Defeat

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By Alex O'Loughlin
November 23 2010

The Glovers couldn't counter act their slide in form and fell to a sixth defeat in seven games losing 2-0 to play-off placed Bournemouth at Dean Court. 

Something manager Terry Skiverton has highlighted several times this season is the frequent inability to name an unchanged side, a reality which failed to change with Stefan Stam and Ivan Sproule having to come into the side for suspended pair Paul Huntington and Gavin Williams. 

The Cherries had injury problems of their own having to field unproven goalkeeper Jon Stewart and play midfielder Marvin Bartley at centre back. 

The defensive changes failed to disrupt Bournemouth's recent good home form though, as they dominated the opening ten minutes of the game with Anton Robinson forcing Craig Alcock to clear off of his own line to save the Glovers after just three minutes. 

Defensive frailties looked as evident as they have done all season as the ever present Steve Fletcher found space to drive a shot goal wards with goalkeeper John Sullivan comfortably saving the veterans effort. 

Skiverton brought in winger Ivan Sproule on Monday to add to his sides attacking options but the Green and Whites failed to even spawn a chance in the opening fifteen minutes. 

Youngster Josh McQuoid has scored two hat-tricks in his last two home matches for the Cherries, and he was almost at it again when he found space to fortunately for the Glovers send his shot wide.

Yeovil did eventually wake from their slumber and the in-form Andy Williams almost drew a goal from nothing, as the winger beat Marvin Bartley for pace before being denied by Jon Stewart in the Bournemouth goal who cleared for a corner.

But Bournemouth were quick to reply, this time in devastating fashion with Danny Hollands grabbing the lead for the Cherries in a some what comical fashion. Adam Virgo and Shaun MacDonald collided allowing Hollands the space to strike an effort into the corner of the net. 1-0.

Moments after falling behind top scorer Dean Bowditch had the chance to draw things level when he rushed on to a weak back header, only to send his shot wide with 'keeper Stewart stranded in no-man's land. 

As the twenty minute mark came and went the game began to even out, although the dangerous McQuoid looked lively upfront. 

And it was McQuoid who had the next chance when he sprung the offside trap to run in on goal from an acute angle only to be denied by the spread Sullivan in the Yeovil goal. 

But the Northern Ireland international didn't have to wait long he doubled the Cherries lead on the 36th minute of the game.

The lightning quick forward skipped past a lunging Stefan Stam before coming inside Adam Virgo to dispatch a pinpoint curling effort into the bottom corner. 2-0.

Adam Virgo looked to grab his fifth goal of the season from a free-kick a few minutes later, but his driven effort was deflected into the side netting, deceiving some of the travelling fans who thought the defender had scored. 

Half Time: Bournemouth 2-0 Yeovil Town

The second half began with Yeovil making a substitution, withdrawing the presumably injured Shaun MacDonald for Owain Tudur Jones.

Less than thirty seconds into the second half and it could have been three when Adam Virgo miss kicked allowing McQuoid to strike an effort which was excellently saved by the athletic Sullivan. 

New loan signing Ivan Sproule looked to be missing that bit of match sharpness, although the Bristol City loan man did manage to strike a first time effort at goal forcing Stewart into a good yet comfortable save. 

The next turn of events summed up the Glovers position right now, when Adam Virgo was replaced by Luke Ayling only to snub manager Skiverton and avoid all contact with assistant Nathan Jones before taking his place on the bench, highlighting the fragile atmosphere at the moment. 

It would be fair to say that the second half was a bit of a non-entity, with Bournemouth happy to sit on their lead whilst Yeovil failed to create anything in the way of chances. 

Sam Williams showed his frustration when he picked up a yellow card for a coming together with Rhoys Wiggins. 

With just over twenty minutes remaining Skiverton introduced Adam Phillip for the non-effective Sam Williams, who reacted to jeers from the travelling Yeovil fans exchanging words with some of the travelling faithful. 

The busy McQuoid was then replaced by Nicholas Bignall without the drama of the previous Yeovil substitute. 

Steve Fletcher had a shot saved on the 72nd minute before being replaced with a standing ovation with Michael Symes taking to the field. 

Despite the efforts of the travelling Yeovil fans the game failed to reignite with the Glovers creating little in the way of chances although they did manage to gain three yellow cards for cynical fouls. 

Although with five minutes remaining the game came to life when the Cherries decided they fancied a third, but Harry Arter shot woefully wide. 

Substitute Nicholas Bignall then forced Sullivan into a save, taking one for the team sustaining an injury in the most painful part of the male anatomy. 

That flurry of chances motivated Yeovil, with Adam Phillip forcing Stewart into a save which the rookie edgily saved. 

Nothing came of the final minutes and Yeovil slumped to their sixth defeat in seven games keeping them in 23rd position but increasing the gap between themselves and safety to six points. Set pieces have been the achilles heel in recent weeks, but ironically both Bournemouth goals came from open play, opening another can of worms.

The body language of the players and the at times dissent shown by a few of them will worry all associated with Yeovil, with their FA Cup Second Round game against Hartlepool United growing in importance in terms of the outcome of the Green and Whites season. 

Skiverton suggested that he will bring in a defender before Thursday's loan deadline, in a seemingly much needed addition to a woeful Yeovil defence. 

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