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Dagger to the Heart of the Glovers

2nd YTFC goal

By Alex O'Loughlin
February 13 2011

A woeful performance from Yeovil Town has seen them lose back-to-back games for the first time since November. 

The Glovers trip to Dagenham had been dubbed as a relegation six pointer but they failed to further pull away from the danger zone after a dismal second half performance, pulling them back down towards the bottom four. 

Ahead of the game Terry Skiverton was forced into making two changes, with Dean Bowditch and Andy Welsh both staying in Somerset due to injury. That meant Sam Willimas was deployed very much out of position on the left-wing. New loan arrival Antonio German made the bench, but fellow new signing Danny Fitzsimons didn't make the match day squad. 

Things started brightly for the Glovers, creating numerous chances very early on. Two of the best fell to Andy Williams, who first looped a header over the bar, and then woefully shot wide of the target after running through on goal, not a master class in finishing. 

The bombardment of the Daggers goal continued, when Andrew Tutte cannoned an edge of the box shot against the bar, with the rebound falling to Ed Upson who smashed it wide of the target.

Dagenham & Redbridge goalkeeper Tony Roberts was awarded the man of the match award at the end of the game, and his side were largely indebted to his heroics as he produced a terrific double save from first Paul Huntington and then Upson on the rebound. Somehow, unbelievably Yeovil weren't ahead. 

All that was missing from Yeovil's start to the game was a goal, and they would soon come to rue missed chances. 

Defending set-pieces had been an achilles heel for the Green and Whites, and the bad habit was back to haunt them when from a Darren Currie corner Romain Vincelot headed in from the penalty spot completely unmarked, with not a single Yeovil shirt within two or three yards of him, poor defending. 1-0.

If the Daggers goal was against the run of play Yeovil's equaliser was more than they deserved, and it only took a few minutes to get back on terms. 

Dagenham failed to clear inside their own box and Oli Johnson pounced to fire the ball into the corner, his second goal in seven games. 1-1.

A worrying statistic from the first half was that Yeovil managed 19 attempts on goal, scoring once, whilst the Daggers had only six attempts scoring once.

Half Time: Dagenham & Redbridge 1-1 Yeovil Town

Things went down hill in the second half, as the Glovers persisted with a very direct form of play suiting the Daggers down to the ground who were able to get a stranglehold on the match. 

For the first time in 2011 Yeovil looked like a side struggling to avoid relegation, and if they are as wasteful in future matches they will be dragged back into the mire of relegation. 

Yet another glorious chance was spurned on the hour mark, when Oli Johnson glanced Luke Ayling's cross wide when he really should have nestled the ball in the back of the net, and not long after, the Green and Whites found themselves behind once more. 

Substitute Bas Savage held the ball up well before finding Jon Nurse who inexplicably was given room to turn and pick his spot, scoring the goal which would eventually claim all three points for the Daggers. 2-1.

Just when it looked like Terry Skiverton wasn't going to make any much needed substitutions he did, which was met by a chorus of boos when the travelling support thought Sam Williams wasn't being replaced before cheering when he did depart. 

Antonio German replaced Williams, whilst Billy Gibson got a rare appearance replacing Andrew Tutte on the right wing. 

Yeovil never threatened the Dagenham goal in the latter stages, and the Daggers easily played out the final few minutes to claim a vital three points for them. 

The most worrying stat to emerge from the game was that Yeovil mustered 25 shots on goal, but only managed to score once, the absence of Dean Bowditch was highlighted more than ever, and if they are to avoid being dragged back down towards the bottom four they will need to hit the net far more regularly. 

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